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Not A Roof Leak Repair You Want To See

Not a roof leak repair you want to see.

Almost any roof can leak at any time given the force and direction of driving rain.

My roof leaked in two different places during Hurricane Sandy.  It had not leaked before and has not leaked since.

In this house there was evidence of a roof leak that was reported to have been fixed.   Why leak stains are not primed and painted prior to an inspection sometimes baffles me.  But the location was not wet during the inspection, and it had recently rained.  So perhaps it had been repaired.

But we always want to have a closer look.

Going into the attic I was able to get above the leak stain location.

And that was what I found.

The plumbing vent tubing which passes through the roof had been leaking.

Towels had been tightly wrapped around the tube from the roof sheathing to the insulation.

And the leak was "repaired!"

Not exactly what I would call a roof repair.

Obviously the rubber collar on the vent had deteriorated.  It was not visible from the ground, but that is what I suspected had leaked as the other one on the house was old and deteriorated.

My recommendation:  when things are said to have been repaired, it is best to ask how and by whom.  Or hire a home inspector to have a look!  This is a quick fix by a roofer, and not expensive.  But that professional repair would solve this problem for a long time. 

 

 

Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC  

Based in Bristow, serving all of Northern Virginia.

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

www.jaymarinspect.com


Comment balloon 12 commentsJay Markanich • April 06 2017 09:39AM

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WOW...that picture gives a whole new meaning to "DIY"....and knowing there was an inspection...hmmm...you would think...guess thinking was not part of the process !

Posted by Sally K. & David L. Hanson, WI Real Estate Agents - Luxury - Divorce (EXP Realty 414-525-0563) over 3 years ago

They thought about which of their less expensive towels to use, S&D.

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 3 years ago

I have dealt with many roof leaks over my real estate career.

Posted by Harry F. D'Elia III, Investor , Mentor, GRI, Radio, CIPS, REOs, ABR (RentVest) over 3 years ago

Perhaps it would have worked better if they used a Sham-Wow! ;)

Posted by Nathan Gesner, Broker / Property Manager (American West Realty and Management) over 3 years ago

Good morning Jay. Why did I know by your title I was in for a treat about stupidity? Enjoy your day!

Posted by Wayne Martin, Real Estate Broker - Retired (Wayne M Martin) over 3 years ago

Good morning Jay. You think so....? Oh my, this is pretty scary stuff. Good point.

Posted by Sheila Anderson, The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133 (Referral Group Incorporated) over 3 years ago

Please tell me a roofer didn't do the towel wrapping... lol

Posted by Fred Hernden, CMI, Albuquerque area Master Inspector (Superior Home Inspections - Greater Albuquerque Area) over 3 years ago

And were the repairs this fine, Harry?

Nathan - that is an out-of-the box idea!  I will have to write the buyer a note!

Wayne - because you are familiar with what I do!  And my sometimes sarcasm.

I think so, Sheila!  But hey lady, the ceiling was dry!

I didn't check the logo on the towel, Fred, but it looked like a cheapie from the household!  If it was the roofer's that should be put on line!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 3 years ago

Now that's funny, I don't care who you are.

Posted by Stephen Weakley (Nationwide Mortgage Services) over 3 years ago

That's a plumbing vent turban, Stephen.  Carefully wrapped!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 3 years ago

That's a pretty inovative repair, Jay.  My favorite finding from a home inspection, was a bungee cord used to strap a water heater.  Here in California, because of earthquakes, we strap our water heaters. . .But, not usually with a bungee cord.

Posted by Myrl Jeffcoat, Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent (GreatWest Realty) over 3 years ago

Gee, Myrl, a strap is a strap!

I've seen water heater straps (we don't have them here, so I have never seen one personally) and they seem to be metal!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 3 years ago

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