If You Invite Water In, It Will Come And Stay

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

If you invite water in, it will come and stay.

Water must be controlled.  Water can be THE KILLER of houses.

The damage happens slowly and insidiously.  And if changes are not made the damage will become extensive.

Flashing is present here but insufficiently applied.

A special form of flashing is missing.

Called "kick-out flashing," or "diverter flashing," there should be an angled member of flashing just at the bottom of this roof to divert water away from the stone and into the gutter.




Perhaps the installer did not know how to do it because kick-out flashing should have been installed here by code.

A second mistake is that the gutter is touching the stone.  There should be a separation of about 1".

Water is causing cracking in the stone, and getting through it.  A lot of water is discharged from the roof above, and too close to the siding without the flashing diversion. 

What would the result of all this be?
The only result it could be! Water gets in when it is invited, and will stay. And cause damage.
Fortunately this home inspection caught it and it can be repaired before further damage results.

This is the corner where the garage abuts the main house.  So it is visible and accessible.

My recommendation:  gutters and flashing must work together to control water.  It must direct water from the roof in ways that allow it to be collected and removed so it does not come into the house.  Then, and finally, water must be discharged away from the house so it does not become a heavy burden against the foundation.  All of this is planned in advance by designers and installers, and different trades.  Every trade needs to know its part in the job and do it right.  In this case a very cheap and missing piece of diverter flashing was never applied, and the gutter was placed too close.  Those are both trades that should know these basic installation techniques. 








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Debbie Gartner
The Flooring Girl - White Plains, NY
The Flooring Girl & Blog Stylist -Dynamo Marketers

It really makes you wonder how some workers can be so clueless.

Jun 19, 2016 08:58 PM #1
Jay Markanich
Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC - Bristow, VA
Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia

They are clueless because they are untrained, Debbie.  Both these problems - flashing and gutter - are basic.

Jun 19, 2016 08:59 PM #2
Sally K. & David L. Hanson
EXP Realty 414-525-0563 - Brookfield, WI
WI Realtors - Luxury - Divorce

Water is the enemy in sooo many places....from the roof to the foundation !

Jun 19, 2016 09:23 PM #3
Sandy Padula and Norm Padula, JD, GRI
HomeSmart Realty West & Geneva Financial, Llc. - Carlsbad, CA
Presence, Persistence & Perseverance

Another great finding and solution to a very common issue we all encounter each day in our home visits. Thanks, Jay Markanich !

Jun 19, 2016 09:53 PM #4
Tony and Suzanne Marriott, Associate Brokers
Haven Express @ Keller Williams Arizona Realty - Scottsdale, AZ
Serving Scottsdale, Phoenix and Maricopa County AZ

Always an interesting read when I stop by your posts Jay Markanich - now "following" you!

Jun 19, 2016 09:55 PM #5
Susan Haughton
Long and Foster REALTORS (703) 470-4545 - Alexandria, VA
Susan & Mindy Team...Honesty. Integrity. Results.

I should not be surprised at what home inspections reveal these days, but still, I manage to be...

Jun 19, 2016 10:06 PM #6
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning Jay. Another instance that proves every buyer needs a home inspection! Enjoy your day!

Jun 19, 2016 11:00 PM #7
Harry F. D'Elia
RentVest - Phoenix, AZ
Investor , Mentor, GRI, Radio, CIPS, REOs, ABR

Water can cause a lot of damage if not fixed right away.

Jun 19, 2016 11:24 PM #8
Fred Hernden, CMI
Superior Home Inspections - Greater Albuquerque Area - Albuquerque, NM
Albuquerque area Master Inspector

I had one not long ago that had a metal roof and the wall was stuccoed right down to the metal roof... no flashing at all. Of course on the inside the owner was saying, "I don't know why my wall is so wet and the texture was sagging in a most peculiar way..." 

Jun 20, 2016 01:15 AM #9
Jay Markanich
Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC - Bristow, VA
Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia

Like I say, S&D, water is THE killer of houses.

S&N - water issues are common.  Water issues due to untrained people working with specific materials has gotten frightfully common!

T&S - glad to see you, as always!  You will like the "Mighty Mo" post today!

Susan - I laugh from time to time, but the surprise has unfortunately given way to crushing cynicism.  I had a client send me a photo of a "repair" last evening and I laughed, then cried, then wrote her back saying I thought a really sarcastic blog was brewing.  It will come out tomorrow!


Jun 20, 2016 09:11 PM #10
Jay Markanich
Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC - Bristow, VA
Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia

Wayne - my life is full of such incidences!

Harry - hence my words "THE KILLER" of houses!

The "roofer" was thinking, "Hey, I don't need to step flash this one!  There are no shingles!"  About right, Fred?  Never mind the diagrams on line that show how to flash that roof...

Jun 20, 2016 09:14 PM #11
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