"It's Going To Rain. Should We Cancel The Inspection?"

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

If I had a dollar for every time I heard this phrase -

"It's going to rain.  Should we cancel the inspection?"

well, you know the rest.  End the if-I-had-a-dollar phrase any way you want.

Dontchaknow, I hear that question all the time!

What's my answer? 

NO!  WE CAN SEE THINGS DURING RAINS THAT WE CAN ONLY GUESS ABOUT WHEN IT'S DRY.

This is a one-year inspection.  This is an individual who in the year since moving in has never used her back door.  And, she says, she doesn't often open her vertical blinds!

And yes, it was raining, hard, during the inspection.  Which I always like to see!

So, what could we see during the rain that I could only guess about when it's dry?

One thing I could see was a rear gutter that was dripping behind the gutter in three places!

And there was staining from crud behind the gutter at all three of those dripping spots.

What's that mean?

Many things.

There may be no drip edge.

The shingles are cut too short and drip behind the gutter.

There is a gap somehow.

With lightning and thunder during the inspection we aren't going on an aluminum ladder to check out why.

But we really don't have to.  The dripping is evident. 

During the rain, and looking out the rear doors, there were little waterfalls coming from behind the gutter onto both panels of the sliding doors!

That was only two of the three leaks, but what we could see made the problem more than obvious.

So, fortunately, in this case, the rain did reveal something that I could only guess about.

During dry weather, I would look at the crud behind the gutter and wonder if it might simply be crud, or evidence of a leak.  But the rain makes that determination easy!

When developers plan neighborhoods they often change the natural drainage the existed prior to the houses going in.

So they have to provide a new way for street water to go.

Ideally rain water is kept away from the houses, and directed into some developer-arranged drainage system that doesn't clog and sends the water to a natural drain nearby, like a creek.

In this neighborhood, perhaps, they have more work to do!

It it has only been raining for about an hour.

Houston, we have a drain clog.  Dry weather would not have revealed this problem!  I would not have even noticed, likely.

My recommendation:  if you are scheduled for a home inspection and it is raining, don't cancel it!  It is the best time to do an inspection!  Come dressed for it!  Bring your slicker, the golf umbrella and maybe waders!  And have some fun looking around.

 

 

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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

www.jaymarinspect.com


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Jay Markanich
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Thanks Fred.  I hear that phone call a lot!

Aug 30, 2014 05:27 AM #34
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I love a rainy day inspection.  It's a great time to spot roof leaks and drainage issues.

Aug 30, 2014 07:18 AM #35
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Bill Reddington
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Rain or shine shouldn't be a factor. As you pointed out lots of things can show up with a little water.

Aug 30, 2014 09:10 AM #36
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Jay Markanich
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Water is the killer of houses Norma.  Rain is good to see what's up!

True Bill.  I do lots more shine inspections than rain.

Aug 30, 2014 09:12 AM #37
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Jay, I tell my buyers, it's good it rained - at least we can see the water in basement if any, lol.

Aug 30, 2014 01:34 PM #38
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Having seen the lakes that form near some houses, I would prefer that you can see the property during the rain so you can see if it drains properly. I agree that the rain can expose several problems and is not a reason to cancel.

Aug 30, 2014 02:25 PM #39
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Jay Markanich
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Praful - see it or smell the result of it.

Gerard - I agree with all that.  Drainage is a biggie around houses too.

Aug 30, 2014 08:36 PM #40
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Nina Hollander
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Great point about inspections in the rain. I tell clients that if they like a home in a rainy or dark day, imagine how much more they'd like it in the sunshine.

 

Sep 01, 2014 02:57 AM #41
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Jay Markanich
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That is a terrific point of view Nina!

Sep 01, 2014 04:09 AM #42
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Jay Markanich   Goodness no - I have an umvrella supply in the trunk for just such occasions.  Over the years rain has pointed out some areas that would benefit from a willow tree

Sep 01, 2014 04:37 AM #43
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Jay Markanich
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That's a very Boy Scout thing to do Karen!  Nothing like preparation!

Sep 01, 2014 07:07 AM #44
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Claude Labbe
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I try to see the weather forecast before we schedule inspection....thank you for backing me up.

"Staining from crud" ...that's one I don't often see on an inspection report.

Sep 01, 2014 12:01 PM #45
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Jay Markanich
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Sometimes you just have to get technical Claude!  And use scientific words everyone understands.

Sep 01, 2014 05:35 PM #46
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Excellent points!  In dry weather you have to specualte on any water stain origins that may be easier to track in the rain.  The water running behing the home you have pictures is a scary thought also.  That looks like it could be very problematic with consisten heavy rains. 

Sep 02, 2014 12:43 AM #47
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I know that I do like showing houses in the rain. No secrets from water

Sep 02, 2014 01:10 AM #48
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Jay Markanich
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Don't know what will happen with that river there Karen.  But rain makes it easier to diagnose water!

Ed - the fewer the secrets the better!

Sep 02, 2014 03:39 AM #49
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I'm sure it's no fun to do a home inspection in the rain, but it's obviously helpful to do so - for many reasons. Thanks to you, now I have ammunition to share with buyers who hesitate over rainy weather conditions.

Sep 02, 2014 12:11 PM #50
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Jay Markanich
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When else can you see things that are directly water related Margaret?

Sep 02, 2014 08:29 PM #51
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Barbara Altieri
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Jay -- Your recommendation is perfect. I just had an inspection and the buyer was disappointed it was raining. I explained that it was the BEST time to inspect and basically reiterated a lot of what you said.  Then I recently had a  buyer who postponed his showing appt a day because we were expecting VERY heavy rain. He wanted to check the basement out after the forecasted 2 inches of rain. Smart guy.

Sep 09, 2014 08:22 AM #52
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Jay Markanich
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Thanks!  Both of those are good approaches Barbara.  Especially AFTER a huge rain and waiting to see (and smell) the basement.

Sep 09, 2014 08:27 AM #53
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