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Granite Is Heavy

We all know, granite is heavy.

Granite has to be supported.

Granite has to be supported everywhere.

Even the granite counter top is heavy.

So when I saw this counter top to the left side of the kitchen sink beginning to crack from a lack of support I wondered about its support underneath.

That is too much settlement for such a young house.

Following the counter top to the right side of the sink, only about 6' away, it was sinking further!

It had come down about 1/4"!

That is too much settlement, even for an older property!

Everything is pulling apart, and sinking downward.

Are the cabinets not intended for such weight?

Is there not secondary support behind and underneath the granite?

It doesn't matter, there is sinking.

(Now comes the sinking feeling joke.  Naw ... too obvious)

There are a couple of ways to make sure granite counter tops don't sink near the wall.

Perhaps none of them was employed here.

I think it's time for that now!

My recommendation:  just because it's new doesn't mean it's right.  Or finished.  Or going to work.  Or not already broken.  The best way to know what you have is a home inspection.  Even on new construction.  And better than that, a home inspection just prior to the final walk through with the builder.  There may be a list, and one the builder doesn't appreciate, but the peace of mind is worth a million dollars!

 

 

 

Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC  

Based in Bristow, serving all of Northern Virginia.

Office (703) 330-6388   Cell (703) 585-7560

www.jaymarinspect.com


Comment balloon 20 commentsJay Markanich • April 17 2015 02:42AM

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Yuck what a disappointment to both the buyer and seller...the Seller for investing in shoddy work and the buyer having the beauty ruined.

Posted by Sally K. & David L. Hanson, WI Realtors - Luxury - Divorce (EXP Realty 414-525-0563) about 4 years ago

Jay, a trained set of eyes can save financial pain down the road! Enjoy your day!

Posted by Wayne Martin, Real Estate Broker - Retired (Wayne M Martin) about 4 years ago

I love granite S&D, but not when it's moving!

Thanks Wayne.  That was not a hard crack to miss!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) about 4 years ago

Just a mess and only going to get worse! What is the solution? To take everything apart and reinstall or is it possible to put in supports after the fact. 

Posted by Lise Howe, Assoc. Broker and Attorney Licensed in DC, MD, VA, (Keller Williams Capital Properties) about 4 years ago

Lise - once things beging moving they usually continue to move until something happens to impede that movement!  I'll leave the solution up to the builder, but reinstalling that counter top is probably in the near future.

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) about 4 years ago

Morning Jay, I would have never given that one a second thought.  Again I learned something new here in the Rain.

Posted by James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results (Fathom Realty AR LLC) about 4 years ago

That is so sad as it's so avoidable.  Yes, granite is very heavy and everybody should know that.

Posted by Debbie Gartner, The Flooring Girl & Blog Stylist -Dynamo Marketers (The Flooring Girl) about 4 years ago

They didn't give it a second thought either James, and it's their job to do so.

Debbie - one would think everybody, even those pros from 7-11, would know that.  But alas...

You think I joke about the 7-11 people, but I do not.  Drive by any 7-11 here and there can be up to 200 people waiting for "work."  I plummer, I plummer!

It's a huge problem.

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) about 4 years ago

Warranty anyone??? 

Posted by Lenn Harley, Real Estate Broker - Virginia & Maryland (Lenn Harley, Homefinders.com, MD & VA Homes and Real Estate) about 4 years ago

Good morning Jay,

I have to crack a smile on this one and add to looking when viewing a property.

Make yourself a great day.

Posted by Raymond E. Camp, Licensed Real Estate Salesperson Greater Rochester (Howard Hanna Real Estate Services) about 4 years ago

Jay, Looks like someone failed at cabinet installation.

Posted by Donald Hester, NCW Home Inspections, LLC (NCW Home Inspections, LLC) about 4 years ago

I want to know who is responsible for selecting that granite/tile combo... "I tile, I tile"

Posted by Fred Hernden, CMI, Albuquerque area Master Inspector (Superior Home Inspections - Greater Albuquerque Area) about 4 years ago

Jay Markanich Interesting! Was the sub-floor not supporting the total weight of the cabinets and granite? Certainly cause for concern for the buyers.

Posted by Sandy Padula and Norm Padula, JD, GRI, Presence, Persistence & Perseverance (HomeSmart Realty West & Geneva Financial, Llc.) about 4 years ago

Just yesterday I was remind how heavy granite is.  I was visiting a home where it had just been newly installed in a kitchen.  The old granite was out in the garage.  I went to pick up a cracked slab about 5 feet long, and found it to be a nearly immovable object!

Posted by Myrl Jeffcoat, Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent (GreatWest Realty) about 4 years ago

Lenn - let's hope!

Raymond - it's not often that I see such sinkage, especially in new construction.

Donald - maybe they are the recalled cabinets from China and not intended to support weight!  And if not recalled yet, they soon should be...

Fred - the guy in the lot screaming, I deesyner, I deesyner!

 

 

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) about 4 years ago

S&N - finished underneath and could not see, but this is at the edge of the wall where the floor joists underneath should be strongest.

Myrl - God-made is heavy stuff.  Made to last.

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) about 4 years ago

Jay,

I never knew granite countertops required extra support.  Is the support supposed to be additional blocking or are special load bearing cabinets required?

Posted by Stephen Weakley (Nationwide Mortgage Services) about 4 years ago

In my house they installed an extra strip on the wall for support in the back Stephen.  Then shimmed the front of the cabinet.  The strip also helps keep things from moving unevenly.

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) about 4 years ago

I love your statement "Just because it's new doesn't mean it's right" - so true!

Posted by Lynn Afton, REALTOR® Near Big Rapids, MI, Mecosta County (Greenridge Realty Oakmont) about 4 years ago

Lynn - which is why I am called on to do so many new construction inspections.

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) about 4 years ago

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