Not a double whammy - this is the quad whammy.
Climbing up into the attic space I saw this small leak on the front roof.
It was raining heavily during the inspection and this spot was definitely wet. It had moldy-looking surrounds and a small spot of white fungus in the middle.
It was an active leak.
But I thought, what is that smell?
The smell was horrific. I had not smelled it until I got into the attic. I saw nesting material in the corner and thought perhaps something had died up there. Then I turned around.
What I saw was a confluence of problems.
The first thing that got my attention was the plumbing vent!
This was a newly remodeled house, with a new kitchen, lower-level bath and upstairs bath. I had already seen many evidences that no permit had been pulled to do this work. It was discharging its gases into the attic space. It kinda, sorta should discharge outdoors. Incorrect.
Looking at the moldy spot on the roof sheathing directly above this indoor discharge had been happening for some time! And it's too small! It's only 1 1/2" wide. In this jurisdiction it should be 3". It vents all the plumbing in the house as the kitchen, lower bath and upstairs bath are all against the same wall. Incorrect.
Well, that answered the smell question.
See the crumpled flex tubing? That's the bathroom vent. It has been exhausting bathroom air into the attic space since the remodel too! Incorrect.
You can see a bit of a spot of bare wood. There were many gaps and holes in the new insulation. There were many areas where I could actually see drywall.
The two purple spots in the center of the image on the right are representative of such areas where drywall could be seen from above. Incorrect.
This is the quad whammy! And all left by the same remodeling specialist. This is a homeowner who "works in construction" and thinks he knows how to do things. There may be basic ability, but little understanding of proper anything.
My recommendation: when the sign out front says "It's gorgeous inside!" or "Newly remodeled!" (as it did at this house) it may be a sign that your antenna should go up. It is always the case that things are done improperly? NO. But it really pays to have a home inspector stop by and poke around. YOU NEVER KNOW WHAT HE MIGHT SMELL!
Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC
Based in Bristow, serving all of Northern Virginia.
Office (703) 330-6388 Cell (703) 585-7560