I had an inspection recently with a first-time buyer and his friend, a newly-minted Realtor on his first home inspection.
Throughout the inspection they were amazed at what things I found that led to other things.
I found myself wanting to say, "Really, it's not that marvelous. Things have causes. I just follow the signs."
For instance, there was staining on the siding and lower rear roof under the drain-pan tube sticking out under the gutter.
They asked what was causing the staining on the siding.
I explained that the AC condensation line in the attic unit was clogged, and the water was draining into the drip pan, and from there draining outside. All was operating as designed.
"How did you know there is an air conditioner in the attic?!" They marveled.
Previously I had shown them, and explained why, the two air conditioning compressors, and that one serviced a unit in the attic. They marveled.
Further, I said that when we got into the attic space we would find that the drip pan under the unit would be very rusty and even full of water.
It was, and had been for a very long time.
This unit corresponded to the very old air conditioning compressor outside, that had age damage and really wasn't working well.
They asked how I knew it wasn't working well.
"Do you remember the temperature that I measured coming out? It is not much different in temperature as the indoor air. That is a sign the compressor isn't working well."
Once you know how the magic trick is accomplished, it loses its luster. So I did not reveal my secrets!
My recommendation: I think everyone should marvel at home inspectors who see things, who know things, and who can diagnose things. It really is marvelous. Home inspectors try very hard to train to understand houses, all the systems, and all the signs. There is nothing up our sleeves! Try to remember that on your next home inspection, as you marvel. Says he, with a twinkle in his eye...
Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC
Based in Bristow, serving all of Northern Virginia.
Office (703) 330-6388 Cell (703) 585-7560