Improper Storage Of Building Materials - Do Unto Others...

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Home Inspector with Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC 3380-000723

Improper storage of building materials - do unto others...

The temperature during this morning pre-drywall inspection was 10F.  During the night before the temperature had dropped to 5F.

The drywall had already been loaded into the house.

Along with all the materials.

They had been in the house for a couple of days.

We had been having a real cold snap.  And daytime and night time temperatures were frigid.

As usual I had arrived at the house before my clients.

Looking around, when I got to the upper level, this is what I saw.

Drywall joint compound was there, in powder and in wet form.

And all four of the buckets you see in the photo were frozen solid.

This is what the label said about storing these buckets.  "To prevent spoilage and freezing, maintain temperature at a minimum of 50F..."

Kerosene heaters were already placed in the house to keep it warm after the drywall was installed and this joint compound used to finish the work.

Would the person delivering the sheetrock and materials for his house left the joint compound in sub-freezing temperatures for days?  Would the building supervisor for his house?

Certainly not.  Then do unto others as you would want them to do unto you.

When I pointed this out to my clients I said that common sense would dictate that these buckets be protected from freezing, and that this joint compound could not be used.  How they can make sure of that I don't know.  But they should.

My recommendation:  this post is not to sound preachy.  To store materials in this way does not show common sense or good business practice.  It does not show a caring attitude.  And the builder's supervisor knows the schedule.  He knows when this was delivered and when it is due to be used on the walls.  He also knows the kind of weather we had been having.  This is not a good sign.  If I was buying this house I would wonder about many other things!

 

 

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Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC  

Based in Bristow, serving all of Northern Virginia.

Office (703) 330-6388   Cell (703) 585-7560

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Jan 13, 2018 05:16 PM #11
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Lesley Wilson-VanGoethem
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Thanks for sharing,, hadnt thought about building materials!

 

Jan 14, 2018 04:26 AM #12
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Jay Markanich
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Thank you Kathy!  Always good to know people are being informed!

Lesley - good of you to stop by!  I try to have informative posts.

Jan 14, 2018 04:45 AM #13
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Debbie Gartner
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Sad indeed.  Yes, a lot of materials need to be kept at 50 degrees or higher.  When we do flooring over both the cold and hot months, I remind everyone that if new house, heat/AC needs to be installed before wood even arrives and if someone buying a new house/not living there, temps need to be 65-70 when wood arrives all the way through 30 days after last coat of poly.

 

Pathetic that anyone would order or store materials in an area below 50...and below freezing...and even worse w/ recent temps.  Pathetic.

Jan 14, 2018 09:27 AM #14
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Chris Ann Cleland
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Sadly, this is something I would expect of sub-contractors.  My expectations are pretty low after having our house built.

Jan 14, 2018 09:44 AM #15
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Jay Markanich
Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC - Bristow, VA
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Debbie - you remember when I did my living/dining room floors I know.  Even then I put the flooring in the room for a day before I installed it and the temps were very warm in the house being summer.   But to think this joint compound would "thaw" to be used on the drywall is, to use your word, pathetic.

Chris Ann - you've told me a couple of things!  Just this week I went to replace the light fixture in the hall bathroom and what I found BEHIND and hidden by the fixture base was unbelievable.  It has taken me all week to install a proper junction box, remove and replace drywall, and do all the work to the wall, which I have yet to prime and paint!  I haven't gotten to the light fixture.  We have a lamp in there plugged into the wall!

Jan 14, 2018 09:49 AM #16
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Mike Cooper
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Jay, we've been involved in a lot of new home construction. I've seen this more times than I can remember. 

Jan 14, 2018 10:26 AM #17
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Jay Markanich
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Yeah, Mike, it was about time for the post to vent a little!

Jan 14, 2018 10:38 AM #18
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Nick & Trudy Vandekar, 610-203-4543
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Suyrprising how these things are treated when there are cold snaps as we have been having.

Jan 14, 2018 10:38 AM #19
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Often people have given little consideration when planned.

Jan 14, 2018 11:05 AM #20
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Sharon Tara
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Your last line is exactly what I was thinking as I was reading...what else wasn't handled correctly in that house?

Jan 14, 2018 12:23 PM #21
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Jay Markanich
Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC - Bristow, VA
Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia

Well, N&T, they need to be treated differently, like we would if they were our property!

Sam - my biggest beef with the construction industry of the last 20 years is that it has gotten less and less professional.  My posts point that out, often!

Sharon - and there was lots to report!

Jan 14, 2018 02:08 PM #22
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Marte Cliff
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I don't want to get started on sloppy, uncaring, unethical, untruthful contractors. Since we've been working on the remodel of my son's rental property, I've had to deal with too many rotters.

Jan 14, 2018 02:46 PM #23
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Jay Markanich
Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC - Bristow, VA
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Marte - picture me with ears larger than Lyndon Johnson and Milton Berle.  I hear you!

Life experience is a cruel but very effective teacher.

Jan 14, 2018 03:02 PM #24
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Gary L. Waters, Broker Owner, Waters Realty of Brevard, LLC
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First thing...too cold.  More importantly...you pointed out what appears to be a general lack of detail in the process.  You last sentence is spot on!

Jan 15, 2018 05:06 AM #25
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Jay Markanich
Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC - Bristow, VA
Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia

Thank you Gary.  And I did wonder.  And I did find a lot of things!

Jan 15, 2018 08:19 AM #26
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Carolyn Roland-Historic Homes For Sale In Delaware and S. Chester County PA
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This proves that if the experts give you good advice and that's what you paid for, you should pay attention and obey the instructions.

Jan 15, 2018 08:15 PM #27
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Jay Markanich
Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC - Bristow, VA
Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia

Thanks Carolyn.  Paint and drywall companies have temperature restrictions for chemical reasons, not willy nilly thinking.

Jan 16, 2018 03:06 AM #28
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For many, the sale is all that is important. But a good practice is to help the consumer see past the sale and not have headaches like your story produced.

Great post. Thanks for sharing.

Jan 16, 2018 07:07 AM #29
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Jay Markanich
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And thank you for stopping by, John!  I've  been posting here for a long time.  Enjoy!

Jan 16, 2018 01:12 PM #30
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