Little leak = big problem.
What's the little leak?
Why is it leaking? Because it is too small to handle the load required of it.
Because the entire main house roof, and the front porch roof you see here, drain ALL of the roof water to one small downspout.
Water MUST be provided a place to go. Too much is too much.
Remember my formula - an area 21"x11"x1" is equal to one gallon of water.
An entire house draining to one downspout would be an overload no matter what. Gutter design must be smarter.
But what is the result here? The stained joints were wet (slight rain the night before) and the wondrous duct-taped stained joint under the strap. All that has been leaking for some time!
That water has also worked on the soil beside the porch.
The corner of the porch slab has sunk.
The column has rotted, completely.
And the column no longer touches the porch slab! It is virtually blowing in the wind!
The fix here might be a big one! But what happens now isn't my call.
My recommendation: things happen for reasons. Some things take time. The wrong arrangement over time becomes a problem arrangement sooner or later. This has taken time to develop. And even though the painter covered the rotting spot with lots of paint (!), the problem is still there. Can you imagine a front porch corner post simply swaying while you are painting it and not doing anything about it?
Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC
Based in Bristow, serving all of Northern Virginia.
Office (703) 330-6388 Cell (703) 585-7560