These small, brown spots on the first floor window blinds looked innocent enough, but there was more to the story. Upon further investigation, the second story dormer was found to be leaking at the roof flashing area. From there it was funneling down into the wall below, just above the window and dripping out onto the blind. "Conveniently" this room just had a complete paint job making it very difficult to see any other evidence of a leak.
This 4" brick foundation wall had an inward bow of several inches. Although only 12" of the wall are visible from the outside, upon entering the crawl space it was discovered that the wall is actually about 4 feet tall. This calculates to three feet of unbalanced fill pressing against the foundation wall that was not designed to handle the weight.
There are many types, styles and materials used for roof coverings. Properly installed and maintained roof coverings will provide many years of service. A large majority of leaks happen around penetrations such as vent pipes or chimneys. In the picture above, the chimney is missing proper flashing and relying on the sealant to prevent water infiltration. As the sealant deteriorates and cracks water begins entering the attic below.
Having over 25 years of construction experience enables us to provide a very thorough inspection of the property. Meeting all your inspection needs from the hands on inspection to water, radon and mold testing. Our knowledge allows us to find the root of preexisting and existing problems that may not be readily visible to others. To ensure our client has a complete understanding of the property, we ask them to meet us on site to walk through and show our findings. After the report is completed, a sit down Q&A session is offered to further explain all findings.
HVAC (Heating, Ventilating & Air Conditioning)
This system is responsible for heating, cooling, dehumidifying, etc. the air that circulates through your home. When cooled, dehumidified air runs through an uninsulated area of ductwork in the crawl space, it can have the same result as leaving a glass of ice water outside during the summer. It condensates or "Sweats" which leaves moisture along the outside of the glass. Condensation on the outside of the ductwork can lead to the discoloration of wood as pictured above.
This damage is from an undetected leak around the toilet. There were no signs of a problem in the bathroom. It was found after pulling back the insulation around the drain pipe while doing the crawl space inspection
"In the United States, 50,900 fires each year are attributed to electrical failure or malfunction, resulting in 490 deaths and 1,440 injuries. Arcing faults are a major cause of these fires." (EFSI) Wiring junctions are required to be in an electrical box with a cover to contain any arcing that may occur. These "open junctions" (pictured above) are often found in the crawl space and attic areas.
Floor joist are an important component of the framing system. At a minimum, they are responsible for holding up the floor itself. This joist was cut completely through, in order to allow the sewer drain line to be installed.
This is an example of what happens when framers use narrow strips of OSB for roof sheathing. It appears that someone has stepped in this area, damaging the shingles and felt paper. This has led to an active leak as seen on the rafter.