It Was a Hard One

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Home Inspector with JRV Home Inspection Services, LLC HOI 394

The winter of 2010 - 2010 was indeed a hard one here in Connecticut. Record setting snow fall has caused untold damage. Ice dams and leaks were extremely prevalent after the first big storm. More snow came and roofs started to collapse.Water stains on the house from ice dams

While doing a home inspection yesterday, I saw a few reminders of the damage caused by the snows, now thankful gone, of this past winter.

Scaling my ladder I first spied the tell tale stains of ice damming on and just under the soffit. I asked the homeowner if she had any ice damming related water leaks over the winter. Her response was a quick and resounding, "Yes!"

Yep that's what I thought.

What was once peaked is now flatGetting on the roof I began heading toward the chimney over to my right going towards the back side of the house. As I approached the chimney I noticed the garden shed in the neighbor's back yard. It was obvious the shed had a peaked roof, which was now some where between peaked and flat. It was plat.

As I started making my way back towards the front of the house another building across the street grabbed my attention.snow architecture, an inverted roof

I do love the bird's eye view from a roof.

An old garage with front section of its roof imploded. Yet another casualty of this winter.

While I gazing at the now inverted roof in the garage, I caught glimpse of yet another fallen roof just behind and to the right, once again on or should I say in an old garage.Another of this winter's casulties

I am so glad the snow is gone for another winter...What's that? More snow predicted for Friday....aaaaaaaaaaaagh!

 

 

 

James Quarello
Connecticut Home Inspector
2010 - 2011 SNEC-ASHI President
NRSB #8SS0022
JRV Home Inspection Services, LLC

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James Quarello
Connecticut Home Inspector
Former SNEC-ASHI President
JRV Home Inspection Services, LLC

 ASHI Certified Inspector

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Carol Zingone
Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Florida Network Realty - Jacksonville Beach, FL
Global Realtor in Jax Beach, FL - ABR, CRS, CIPS

James - another reminder why I love Jacksonville Beach, FL, after growing up in Northern New Jersey - the winters were (and apparently still are) unpredictable; some years lots of snow, and then you buy cross country skis...and....no snow....

Mar 30, 2011 12:56 AM #1
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Gary Pike
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I agree with Carol the South rules during the winter.  I wonder though if down here our inspectors would think about ice dam damage.  We had a week, almost two, of severe winter weather and could have experienced this.  Thanks again for another great post.

Mar 30, 2011 01:39 AM #2
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Craig Rutman
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And this is the reason I moved down south from the northeast. The snow looks beautiful, and if could snow in the summer, I'd love it! But the cold and the damage.... NOPE! Not for me anymore!

Mar 30, 2011 02:17 AM #3
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Charles Buell
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Jim, ahhh yes---and this time of year it is the REALLY wet heavy stuff.

Mar 30, 2011 02:45 AM #4
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Robert Butler
Aspect Inspection - Montreal West Island, QC
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Seasons like these show up weak areas of buildings that have just been lucky so far.  Just because its' been there a while doesn't mean it always will.

Mar 30, 2011 03:42 AM #5
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Peg Barcelo
Fluff My House! Home Staging Inc. 250.486.6369 - Summerland, BC
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James, we had all the same problems here! Major businesses with flat roofs imploding and we still have 3 foot piles of snow. Luckily we have rain predicted, that should take care of some of it!

Mar 30, 2011 03:52 AM #6
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Jay Markanich
Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC - Bristow, VA
Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia

Wow, that is a lot of damage!  Good view of it all from the roof.  Good thing there was no tsunami...

Mar 30, 2011 11:10 AM #7
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Steven L. Smith
King of the House Home Inspection, Inc. - Bellingham, WA
Bellingham WA Home Inspector

James,

The amount of damage inflicted by the elements can be shocking for sure.

Mar 30, 2011 01:09 PM #8
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Jeremy Wrenn
Winslow Homes - Youngsville, NC
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James, local damage there was heavy (pun intended) it seems!

And I like the "plat" roof.

Mar 30, 2011 02:58 PM #9
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Robert Butler
Aspect Inspection - Montreal West Island, QC
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Jeremy if you like that you might look up the german or french word s for flat.

Mar 30, 2011 04:27 PM #10
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Jeremy Wrenn
Winslow Homes - Youngsville, NC
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I did, and apparently that is the French word for flat.  Ha!

Mar 30, 2011 04:43 PM #11
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James Quarello
JRV Home Inspection Services, LLC - Wallingford, CT
Connecticut Home Inspector

Carol, Exactly! Last winter we hardly had any snow at all.

Gary, I doubt that's a concern for the home inspectors down your way.

Craig,I'm sensing you have a distaste for the cold and snow of the Northeast :)

Charlie, It sure is!

Robert, No matter what, nature will win in the end.

Peg, Rain never sounds so good as when you know its going to melt all those big piles of snow.

Jay, I love tsunami sandwiches. I could have sat up there and had lunch ;)

Steve, Look at Japan.

Jeremy, Seen a lot of this type of damage around this spring.

Robert, Is that right? How funny. I had no idea.

Mar 31, 2011 02:43 AM #12
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Robert Butler
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Yes, its the word for 'flat' in both French and German. So it should be no surprise that a place called Plattsburgh (NY) should have an airport and an air force base.

Mar 31, 2011 06:19 AM #13
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Reuben Saltzman
Structure Tech Home Inspections - Minneapolis, MN
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I've been seeing those same tell-tale leakage marks on a lot of houses lately.  It's nice having that evidence left behind, isn't it?

Mar 31, 2011 02:24 PM #14
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James Quarello
JRV Home Inspection Services, LLC - Wallingford, CT
Connecticut Home Inspector

Robert, Interesting.

Reuben, Yep. I do like the markers. Sure helps with the inspection.

Mar 31, 2011 11:37 PM #15
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