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