When you see water stains on the ceiling, together with plastic Tupperware, you know there’s likely an active roof leak! Of course, I use very expensive equipment to confirm (e.g., moisture meter and infrared thermography camera), but this one was obvious. With water intrusion, there’s always the possibility of underlying damage not visible without invasive inspection; it wouldn’t hurt to open the ceiling and look for possible mold growth. This was discovered at a recent home inspection on Orcas Island in the San Juan Islands.
So, you see a black spot on your sheetrock ceiling, what to do? Well, you may very well have a water intrusion issue. Pictured here is apparent mold growth on a sheetrock ceiling which, when probed with my moisture meter, revealed underlying saturation within the ceiling cavity above. The likely contributing factor was a roof leak for which I recommended further evaluation, remediation and repair by a qualified contractor. There is the possibility of underlying damage and mold growth not visible until the sheetrock is removed. This was discovered at an Orcas Island home inspection in the San Juan Islands.
Water intrusion and damage were noted at OSB structural wall sheathing in the crawl space at a recent home inspection on Orcas Island in the San Juan Islands. I like to say “Water is the enemy” to my clients, because much of what I report as a home inspector in the Pacific Northwest has to do with water damage. Water can lead to structural damage, settling, mold, and insect activity/damage (e.g., carpenter ants, anobiid beetles, termites, moisture ants, rot fungus, etc.). So, if you see water intrusion, deal with it sooner than later because repairs become much more expensive with time.
Damaged cement-fiber lap siding boards were discovered at a recent home inspection on Orcas Island in the San Juan Islands. A qualified contractor would recommend repair and replacement of damaged siding boards, which can be surprisingly expensive. It’s always important to get bids for repair prior to closing as costs may be surprising and it’s important to fully understand the home’s issues, and costs to remedy, prior to closing so you’re fully informed.
Deteriorated LP InnerSeal composite siding was discovered at a recent home inspection on Orcas Island in the San Juan Islands. This siding product was subject to class-action lawsuit for premature failure and elevated maintenance requirements. Well maintained, e.g., painted and caulked pursuant to LP’s recommendations, this product will deliver years of serviceable life. But, if it’s not well maintained it will deteriorate quickly and can lead to underlying structural damage. In this case, I recommended further evaluation by a qualified contractor, one familiar with LP InnerSeal composite siding, to further evaluate and make necessary repairs.
Who needs to strap ABS sewer and drain lines when you can simply use an old paint can? Strapping is advised to ensure the pipes gravity drain outside the home to the septic tank or city sewer. This was discovered at a recent home inspection on Orcas Island in the San Juan Islands.
If you note that some, or any, of your black ABS vent pipes on the roof are capped, there’s a good chance that the contractor forgot to remove the caps after construction. These caps are designed to pressure test the vent and drainage system to make sure they don’t leak as a condition of the building inspection. After the test, the contractor is supposed to remove these caps but this step is sometimes missed. So, if you see caps atop your roof, take them off unless the pipe itself has been abandoned (e.g., from a remodel).
It’s important to keep the area within 4-6 feet of the home sloped away from the home to shed water away from the exterior envelope. In this video, taken at a recent Orcas Island home inspection, I document a concrete walkway that has settled and is sloping towards the home. After I went into the crawl space at the conclusion of the inspection, I did indeed note water intrusion and the sloped concrete walkways are a likely contributing factor. Water is the enemy! Do everything you can to keep water away from your home.
Polybutylene plastic plumbing supply lines (PB2110) were installed in a house at a recent home inspection in Oak Harbor on Whidbey Island. Polybutylene has been used in this area for many years, but has had a higher than normal failure rate, is no longer being widely used, and has been the subject of class-action lawsuits. Copper and Brass fittings used in later years have apparently reduced the failure rate. This particular house has copper fittings and PB2110 supply piping. More information about PB water supply piping can be round at http://www.pbpipe.com.
Inspecting a home on Orcas Island in the beautiful San Juan Islands of Washington State, I stumbled upon a peacock (yes, a peacock, ruffled feathers and all!) when rounding the exterior corner. You can imagine my surprise! Truly, never a dull moment inspecting homes in the San Juan Islands, unique and wonderful in every respect. Continue reading