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Does Your House Leak? How About Your Listing?

If you are interested in quick answers to leaky house questions, general or specific, there is a useful website to log on to.  Your Leaking House, created and maintained by Carl Brown and Dale Duffy.  It is populated by knowledgeable home inspectors nationwide who contribute and share their experiences and solutions.  More than anything it is a site created to allow inspectors to vent - new construction, old construction, remodeling - it is all discussed.  Roofs, stucco, faux stone, vinyl, foundations, flashing and brick - you name it, if it leaks, you will find it there.

We all need to learn.  Beyond that, sometimes we need quick answers. DON'T BE SHY!!

And, don't think for a minute that sometimes home inspectors do not need help from other inspectors!

There are aspects of the site that will inform.  Others that ask questions to teach with terrific photos.  There are many things to navigate.  They claim it is an on-going project, so long as houses leak and water causes damage.  That is certainly true.

You will find the message board to be a congenial one.  No one has all the answers.  There is a good measure of good-natured teasing that goes on.  But in the end it is informative and understandable.

You are encouraged to log on when you have questions or need solutions.  Or if you have something to share!  Feel free to ask questions and they will be answered, quickly, and almost certainly by more than one inspector.  

And welcome...!

Add this to your bookmark list -->   http://www.your-leaking-house.com/   You'll be glad you did...

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 15 commentsJay Markanich • January 24 2009 06:38AM

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Jay,  thank you for the valuable information,  I will book mark it on my computer,  Sometimes with some issues I don't know where to go for a good answer or at least a suggestion of who to ask.  Thank you !  Thank you !

Posted by Jane Heiss-Armitage, Selling Homes in the Great Lakes Bay Region (Ayre/Rhinehart Realtors (Midland County, Bay County,Saginaw County, Mi.)) over 9 years ago

Jane - I will have another post tomorrow with a couple of sites you can contribute to by joining - builder watch groups.  You will enjoy them too.  Hope this site helps you!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 9 years ago

Hmm....leaking....have to check that out...I am sure that there are zillions out there with less than energy efficient castles...Have to lead by example !

Posted by Sally K. & David L. Hanson, WI Realtors - Luxury - Divorce (Keller Williams 414-525-0563) over 9 years ago

S & D - I should mention that this site does not cover plumbing leaks, but all others!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 9 years ago

we highly recommend a thermal imaging scan of every home to find exatly where water intrusion is occurring...contact in..Toronto Lofts

Posted by Toronto Condo (seoer) over 9 years ago

Toronto - if you have photos to share, there is a navigation on the Leaking House site, as well as many others, like mine, on which you are welcome to participate!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 9 years ago

Jay---cool site.  How do you get on their inspector list?

Posted by Charles Buell, Seattle Home Inspector (Charles Buell Inspections Inc.) over 9 years ago

Thanks Jay, All the good ones are there.

Posted by Jack Gilleland (Home Inspection and Investor Services, Clayton) over 9 years ago

Charles - check in with Dale Duffy, the admin for the site.  You are certainly welcome to join in!

Jack - I can think of a couple more.  Wink, wink ...

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 9 years ago

Jay,

Good information, did not know of the site. Also, like you say, it sure helps when people cooperate so we can have the best ideas and information.

Posted by Steven L. Smith, Bellingham WA Home Inspector (King of the House Home Inspection, Inc.) over 9 years ago

Steven - I am not sure how old the site is, but Dominic Marricic helped them put it together (looks just like the HIP site) and there is a small, but growing cadre of participants.   Join in!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 9 years ago

Jay - signed in today.  Went through many of the subjects.  I'll be commenting.

Posted by Jack Gilleland (Home Inspection and Investor Services, Clayton) over 9 years ago

Jack - Carl asked me some weeks ago to get involved on that site.  A lot of people want me to get involved on their sites, and when I do I tend to do so with intention, which equates to time.  That is something I have not much of.  However, it is a great learning site and very congenial.  It is the lack of congeniality that drove me away from the Nachi site.  Your participation would be well received - no doubt you could contribute lots of fun info.

Leaking houses is a problem that is not going away.

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 9 years ago

"We all need to learn."

Everyday and we should never stop until our last breath. Those that think they know it all often know the least. I will check it out.

Posted by James Quarello, Connecticut Home Inspector (JRV Home Inspection Services, LLC) over 9 years ago

Stop by James!  I have a quote in my office, from Michelangelo, written when he was 87 (he died at 93), that says, "I am still learning."

If THAT guy can learn that late in life, well, so can I!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 9 years ago

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