Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Home Inspector in Nashville see 'Gutters Gone Mad'

 

Nashville Home Inspections - What's Wrong With This Picture? 11-4-12

 
Look at the picture below. The picture was taken from the top of the roof of a new home, looking down into a valley of sorts. What's wrong? Is that a piece of debris left over from the roofers? Or is some new type of "gutter guard"?
Gutter Guard?

HINT: Gutters should be used at the end of the roof, not the middle.
 
ANSWER: No, it is not a piece of debris. It is a piece of gutter installed intentionally toward the end of the valley. Apparently in an attempt to direct runoff into the gutter/downspout system. But this is highly irregular, don't you think? A closer view is shown below.
Gutter Guard?
So it might work, sort of. But what if a little more debris collects there? And how much water can it handle? And how did it pass the municipal inspection? Remember, it's a new roof! And how is it held in place there?

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Thank you,
Richard Acree
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Comments in this blog posting are the copyrighted intellectual property of Richard Acree, President, HABITEC Home and Building Inspections, LLC, and contributing members of the Active Rain Real Estate network, and are intended to educate and otherwise assist home owners, sellers and buyers, building owners, sellers and buyers, realtors, real estate investors, property managers, and lenders in the process of owning, buying or selling homes or commercial buildings. HABITEC is a residential (home) and commercial building inspection company serving Middle Tennessee including Nashville, Brentwood, Franklin, Murfreesboro, Smyrna, Mt. Juliet, Hendersonville, Dickson, Belle Meade, Columbia, Spring Hill and more! In addition to building inspections HABITEC offers Environmental Services for mold assessments, radon testing and water quality analysis. Additional information about HABITEC can be found on our website at http://habitecinspections.com, or call 615-376-2753. 
 

What's Wrong with this Picture 10-29-12- Nashville Home Inspector


Please look at the photo below. I found this on a roof at a plumbing vent penetration. What's wrong?
HINT: Do-It-Yourselfers love duct tape.
Taped Roof Boot
ANSWER: The neoprene composite boot for residential plumbing vent penetrations is good for only 7-8 years before they start to crack due to the effects of sun and rain. There is a cheap fix available at most home supply stores that is a boot sleeve that simply slips down on top of the damaged boot. You cannot see the damaged boot in the photo above because a do-it-yourselfer solved the problem with some duct tape. At least they used black duct tape so it looks like the composite boot. But soon this amateur repair will fail also because tape does poorly in sun and rain as well. And speaking of failing, when we see this installation, we make a note to check below this area in the attic to see if there is evidence of water intrusion. After all, most folks would not make this effort with the tape unless there was an event that drew their attention, right? Look at the photo below to see what we found in the attic below this taped repair.
Attic Bucket
That is a bucket strategically placed below these vent pipes. Unfortunately there was nothing on the disclosure statement about previous water leaks.

To comment or ask questions, please send email to richard@habitecinspections.com.

Thank you,
Richard Acree
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Comments in this blog posting are the copyrighted intellectual property of Richard Acree, President, HABITEC Home and Building Inspections, LLC, and contributing members of the Active Rain Real Estate network, and are intended to educate and otherwise assist home owners, sellers and buyers, building owners, sellers and buyers, realtors, real estate investors, property managers, and lenders in the process of owning, buying or selling homes or commercial buildings. HABITEC is a residential (home) and commercial building inspection company serving Middle Tennessee including Nashville, Brentwood, Franklin, Murfreesboro, Smyrna, Mt. Juliet, Hendersonville, Dickson, Belle Meade, Columbia, Spring Hill and more! In addition to building inspections HABITEC offers Environmental Services for mold assessments, radon testing and water quality analysis. Additional information about HABITEC can be found on our website at http://habitecinspections.com, or call 615-376-2753.