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Warning - Sarcasm To Follow. Is This A Pro Job Or Not?

Warning- sarcasm to follow.  Is this a pro job or not?

To be truthful, I saw the brick work from the parking lot and knew it would be a thermal camera issue inside.

Is it a pro job?  Probably not.

What happened? 

Likely the front hose bib was not winterized and it froze.

However, to repair that you don't have to remove masonry.

Why was the masonry removed here?  Probably because an amateur did the work. 

Really amateur - the cute brick work is one clue.  And it was done not too long ago!

The other clue is the hose bib sticking out too far from the wall.

What does that bode indoors?  Drywall and insulation issues!

I could see the drywall installation.  It looked like a 10 year old did it.

And I asked my client how we could find out if the insulation was done well behind the drywall.

Shrug.  The Realtor was smiling though.

Breaking out Mighty Mo we could see the professional installation  inside.

The professional installer  obviously ripped out the insulation because he had to solder two joints - an elbow at the top of the wall and another down near the level of the hose bib. 

The hose bib location can be seen on the right side of the image.

Did a plumber do the pipe repair?  Maybe.  They are famous for cutting out joists and removing insulation.  But who did the rest?  An amateur.

My recommendation:  the clues are everywhere on home inspections.  My biggest clue is poor drywall repairs that indicate previous leaks.  I find them in walls and ceilings, and they lead me to investigate further.  And my thermal camera is the sharpest arrow in my tool quiver.  It will often reveal more.

 

 

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 24 commentsJay Markanich • August 16 2017 09:51AM

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Mighty Mo to prove what you already knew! That was a very messy repair job!

Posted by Kat Palmiotti, The House Kat (Grand Lux Realty, 914-419-0270, kat@thehousekat.com) 5 months ago

Good morning Jay. The brick work said loudly "breakout Mighty Mo", we have a problem! Enjoy your day!

Posted by Wayne Martin, Real Estate Broker (Wayne M Martin) 5 months ago

 Oh yicks...we "USED TO" have what were supposed to winterized bibs....and then....they were not.....all gone now.  I saw a real estate show recently where the "remodelers" slopped some sort of mortar randomly all over the outside brick to create a "new look"....it was new all right....yuck !

Posted by Sally K. & David L. Hanson, WI Realtors - Luxury - Divorce - Short Sale (Keller Williams 414-525-0563) 5 months ago

Sellers must really hate Mighty Mo. Your investigations, er a, inspections are giving Might Mo a bad name!

Posted by Sandy Padula and Norm Padula, JD, GRI, Presence, Persistence & Perseverance (Realty One Group) 5 months ago

Love that quality brick work... not a bricklayer for miles around!

Posted by Fred Hernden, CMI, Albuquerque area Master Inspector (Superior Home Inspections - Greater Albuquerque Area) 5 months ago

Good morning Jay. Another scary and smart catch. Enjoy your day.

Posted by Sheila Anderson, The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133 (Referral Group Incorporated) 5 months ago

You should have seen the drywall Kat.  Just as messy!

Wayne - Mighty Mo heard the brick calling and started to hum and vibrate.  He really got excited!

I don't trust those either, S&D.  And I expect things are a tad colder there.

S&N - I had a builder once look me in the face and say home inspectors should not be allowed to use thermal cameras.  On the contrary, I think MM has a good name!

 

 

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) 5 months ago

It's one of a kind, Fred, which makes it valuable!  And now, in the blogosphere, it is immortalized!

Not that bad as repairs go, Sheila, but the work to date was horrible!

 

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) 5 months ago

This reminds me of Mister Mom, what voltage are you going to use? 220, 221, whatever works.

Posted by Joe Pryor, REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties (The Virtual Real Estate Team) 5 months ago

In this case it was truly whatever works, Joe.  Poor job all around.

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) 5 months ago

Whooops....wrog sarcasm...bet there will be more tomorrow !

Posted by Sally K. & David L. Hanson, WI Realtors - Luxury - Divorce - Short Sale (Keller Williams 414-525-0563) 5 months ago

A professional roofing company just finished my roof (shredded by a tornado in April) and it looks great, S&D.  I just might have a sarcastic post comparing the professional job to the other unprofessional ones in my neighborhood.  Coming soon to a blog near you.

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) 5 months ago

You can only imagine the amount of work they created for themselves.  Removing and replacing that many bricks had to be painful!  Not to mention the shoddy drywall work inside.  If you could see it, I bet the plumbing work is perfect.  NOT!

Posted by Stephen Weakley (Nationwide Mortgage Services) 5 months ago

Well, it wasn't leaking or Mighty Mo would have seen it, Stephen.  But shoddy work all around.

And thanks again for the off-line contact!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) 5 months ago

Jay- I think everyone should have a Mighty Mo, but I suppose it would help to know how to use it! That's the thing, your keen eye and experience can help buyers avoid some costly mistakes, or at least know what they're dealing with. 

Posted by Kathy Streib, Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224 (Room Service Home Staging) 5 months ago

Yes they should, Kathy.  A good one shouldn't cost more than $11K or $12K!  And the training is expensive, but useful!

MM found a plumbing leak today that the people tried really hard to hide!  Ain't they gonna be serrrrpraaaahzed to see my report!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) 5 months ago

       Thank you Jay Markanich 

Posted by Kathy Streib, Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224 (Room Service Home Staging) 5 months ago

I can see why Kathy chose to highlight your post today! Great job!

Posted by Kristin Johnston - REALTOR®, Giving Back With Each Home Sold! (RE/MAX Realty Center ) 5 months ago

Thanks Kathy!  A pleasure, as usual!

And thank you, Kristin!  I hope you stop by my posts often.

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) 5 months ago

Good Morning Jay - yes, I think any casual observer could say we have a problem.  

Posted by Grant Schneider, Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes (Performance Development Strategies) 5 months ago

I could see it from the parking lot, Grant!  It was a sign of things to come!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) 5 months ago

Jay

"Pro" definitely does not belong in the same sentence decribing what happened here.

Jeff

Posted by Jeff Dowler, The Southern California Relocation Dude - Carlsbad (Solutions Real Estate ) 5 months ago

You find the most interesting things...

Posted by Marte Cliff, your real estate writer (Marte Cliff Copywriting) 5 months ago

I felt justified in using it because of the educational nature of the post, Jeff!  Says he, with a wink.  You are right, of course.

Thanks Marte.  I deal with interesting things every day!

 

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) 5 months ago

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