It’s funny how ones attention can become so intently focused on something, that a maelstrom can be occurring a few feet away and it can go completely unnoticed.
The other day while inspecting an attic I was making my way back towards the entrance looking for the plumbing vent penetrations. The client had said he had detected a leak when he initially viewed the house during a rain. The flashing on the roof was in horrific condition, so the leak was no surprise. As I was looking down the roof framing for the penetration I was halted in my tracks by what I saw, a cracked rafter.
Last winter in Connecticut was a record setter for snow fall. In January a blizzard dumped over two feet of snow on top of a foot already on the ground. Several more storms through out the month piled the white stuff so deep, roofs were collapsing throughout the state. Consequently, cracked rafters have been something all home inspectors are finding since.
The client was nearby and I said to him, “you should have a look at this”.
He shuffled over, the kid is over six foot tall in an attic that is barely four feet at the peak. I showed him the rafter. He says something like, “Oh I didn’t see that one. There’s one more here.”
Right behind this cracked rafter was one that was split wide open. I hadn’t seen it because I was looking at the one with, compared to the other, was a little bitty crack.
My jaw dropped when I saw that one.
Funny how ones attention can be drawn down a tunnel.