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What Two Downspouts Had To Say - Inspecting In The Rain

What two downspouts had to say - inspecting in the rain.

We have had many days of rain this May.  I like doing inspections in the rain because I can see and know things that otherwise would not be known.

This new construction inspection had a large front roof that drained to two downspouts. 

Both drained in front of a window and onto a front porch.  While discharging downspouts in this fashion is not recommended, that is not the issue here. 

Although it was not raining hard, still water could be seen and flow could be determined.

Looking out the front window onto the porch water can clearly be seen coming from the right downspout.  But nothing from the left?

I'm pretty sure it was raining onto the entirety of the front roof.

So what gives? 

While I was not going to set up a ladder on a wet EPDM roof during the rain to see what had things stopped up, it is obvious that something is clogging the gutter/downspout!

My recommendation:  take advantage of any time that affords the opportunity to inspect a home during the rain!  You never know what you may find!  In this case we found an apparent clog in a downspout!  How else could that be determined? 



Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC  

Based in Bristow, serving all of Northern Virginia.

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


Comment balloon 5 commentsJay Markanich • May 16 2016 02:24AM


Good morning Jay,

A twice a year to do list is making sure they are always working.

Make yourself an astonishing day.

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

Or maybe not pitched properly?

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

Raymond - an HOA required a friend of mine, who was renting, to pay their guy to clean the gutters.  What a scam.  There are no trees near the house.  During a rain all the downspouts drained like a champ.  I wrote him a letter, on letterhead, telling him the gutters were clean and not to pay for cleaning.

Fred - pitched good.  Hole no good.

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

Ah yes...gurrer guards are a wonderful thing...espcially when people acutally use them !

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

My gutter guards work great, S&D. 

Now AR apparently has photo guards that are working great, too!

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

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