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Interesting find during roof inspection..

Home Inspector with Confidence Home Inspection


Roof Inspection

I took this picture yesterday at a home in Frisco.  I was inspecting the roof and found this.   As you can see,  the tops of these sewer vent boots are installed OVER the roof shingle.  The top half of the flashing should be UNDER the shingles... for obvious reasons.  When it rains, water runs right under these flashings and into the attic and down to the ceiling and walls below.  In many cases the leaks go undetected as the sewer vents are in the wall cavity, the water simply collects inside the wall cavity and floor below which can lead to mold problems.


Properly reinstalling the flashing is a fairly inexpensive and easy repair.  The home buyers were very thankful this issue was brought to light in the inspection report and they are addressing the matter now that they understand its importance.


I love it when simple fixes save major $$ in repairs!


Patrick White
Home Driven Realty, Inc - Baldwin, NY
Driven to bring New Yorkers home

Hi Scott,

Thanks for the post. Did the sellers or contractor resolve the issue ? Have a great day.

Jun 16, 2010 03:24 AM
Dinah Stallworth-Lewis
Priority Real Estate LLC - 318.332.8281 - Natchitoches, LA


Great job!  You are saving your customers money. By fixing it now, it is a lot less than it would be say 20 years from now, with all the additional damages they would have incurred from this problem going from bad to worse.   

Jun 16, 2010 03:28 AM
Scott Medlin
Confidence Home Inspection - Allen, TX
TREC# 9672

Hi Patrick.  They are taking care of the repairs and the expense will be nominal..  A happy ending on this one!

Jun 16, 2010 03:41 AM
Charles Buell
Charles Buell Inspections Inc. - Seattle, WA
Seattle Home Inspector

Scott, pretty funny----that is the sort of thing that is very difficult to see from the ground.

Jun 16, 2010 04:50 PM