Our church stinks.
I guess you could take that a couple of ways. But they meant that it really did stink. Especially on Sundays when so many people were there.
The stink had been getting worse for a month and was so bad some people had stopped coming to church. The administrators did not know why.
Originally the church authorities had called me to investigate some structural issues.
Built in the 1800s they noticed some things that weren't right.
When I arrived they showed me the opening to the not-very-high crawl space, and before I entered said, "For about a month the sanctuary has been getting smellier and smellier, especially on Sunday. While you're under there could you look into that too?"
Let's just say I found a problem with the main drain line coming from the facilities.
That's why the smell got worse on Sunday, with so many people using those facilities!
This is a teensy bit of what I found while in the crawl space!
When I got home, smelling really holy, I bathed in alcohol. Not the kind you drink. It was a mess!
Oh, they had structural issues too.
My recommendation: you never know what you're going to get into during a home (church) inspection! I was unprepared for this one! There are reasons for everything, smells and sags. And now, for this church, and a plumbing and engineering company, the fun begins! As for me and that crawl space, um, not sure I want to get me some more of that...
Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC
Based in Bristow, serving all of Northern Virginia.
Office (703) 330-6388 Cell (703) 585-7560