Warning - Sarcasm To Follow. Is This A Pro Job Or Not?

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

Warning- sarcasm to follow.  Is this a pro job or not?

To be truthful, I saw the brick work from the parking lot and knew it would be a thermal camera issue inside.

Is it a pro job?  Probably not.

What happened? 

Likely the front hose bib was not winterized and it froze.

However, to repair that you don't have to remove masonry.

Why was the masonry removed here?  Probably because an amateur did the work. 

Really amateur - the cute brick work is one clue.  And it was done not too long ago!

The other clue is the hose bib sticking out too far from the wall.

What does that bode indoors?  Drywall and insulation issues!

I could see the drywall installation.  It looked like a 10 year old did it.

And I asked my client how we could find out if the insulation was done well behind the drywall.

Shrug.  The Realtor was smiling though.

Breaking out Mighty Mo we could see the professional installation  inside.

The professional installer  obviously ripped out the insulation because he had to solder two joints - an elbow at the top of the wall and another down near the level of the hose bib. 

The hose bib location can be seen on the right side of the image.

Did a plumber do the pipe repair?  Maybe.  They are famous for cutting out joists and removing insulation.  But who did the rest?  An amateur.

My recommendation:  the clues are everywhere on home inspections.  My biggest clue is poor drywall repairs that indicate previous leaks.  I find them in walls and ceilings, and they lead me to investigate further.  And my thermal camera is the sharpest arrow in my tool quiver.  It will often reveal more.

 

 

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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


Comments (24)

Fred Hernden, CMI
Superior Home Inspections - Greater Albuquerque Area - Albuquerque, NM
Albuquerque area Master Inspector

Love that quality brick work... not a bricklayer for miles around!

Aug 16, 2017 07:24 AM
Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Good morning Jay. Another scary and smart catch. Enjoy your day.

Aug 16, 2017 07:36 AM
Jay Markanich
Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC - Bristow, VA
Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia

You should have seen the drywall Kat.  Just as messy!

Wayne - Mighty Mo heard the brick calling and started to hum and vibrate.  He really got excited!

I don't trust those either, S&D.  And I expect things are a tad colder there.

S&N - I had a builder once look me in the face and say home inspectors should not be allowed to use thermal cameras.  On the contrary, I think MM has a good name!

 

 

Aug 16, 2017 02:37 PM
Jay Markanich
Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC - Bristow, VA
Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia

It's one of a kind, Fred, which makes it valuable!  And now, in the blogosphere, it is immortalized!

Not that bad as repairs go, Sheila, but the work to date was horrible!

 

Aug 16, 2017 02:39 PM
Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

This reminds me of Mister Mom, what voltage are you going to use? 220, 221, whatever works.

Aug 16, 2017 04:05 PM
Jay Markanich
Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC - Bristow, VA
Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia

In this case it was truly whatever works, Joe.  Poor job all around.

Aug 16, 2017 05:41 PM
Sally K. & David L. Hanson
EXP Realty 414-525-0563 - Brookfield, WI
WI Real Estate Agents - Luxury - Divorce

Whooops....wrog sarcasm...bet there will be more tomorrow !

Aug 17, 2017 10:54 AM
Jay Markanich
Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC - Bristow, VA
Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia

A professional roofing company just finished my roof (shredded by a tornado in April) and it looks great, S&D.  I just might have a sarcastic post comparing the professional job to the other unprofessional ones in my neighborhood.  Coming soon to a blog near you.

Aug 17, 2017 12:42 PM
Stephen Weakley
Nationwide Mortgage Services - Rockville, MD

You can only imagine the amount of work they created for themselves.  Removing and replacing that many bricks had to be painful!  Not to mention the shoddy drywall work inside.  If you could see it, I bet the plumbing work is perfect.  NOT!

Aug 18, 2017 12:49 PM
Jay Markanich
Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC - Bristow, VA
Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia

Well, it wasn't leaking or Mighty Mo would have seen it, Stephen.  But shoddy work all around.

And thanks again for the off-line contact!

Aug 18, 2017 01:34 PM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

Jay- I think everyone should have a Mighty Mo, but I suppose it would help to know how to use it! That's the thing, your keen eye and experience can help buyers avoid some costly mistakes, or at least know what they're dealing with. 

Aug 19, 2017 11:36 AM
Jay Markanich
Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC - Bristow, VA
Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia

Yes they should, Kathy.  A good one shouldn't cost more than $11K or $12K!  And the training is expensive, but useful!

MM found a plumbing leak today that the people tried really hard to hide!  Ain't they gonna be serrrrpraaaahzed to see my report!

Aug 19, 2017 12:21 PM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

       Thank you Jay Markanich 

Aug 19, 2017 05:56 PM
Kristin Johnston - REALTOR®
RE/MAX Platinum - Waukesha, WI
Giving Back With Each Home Sold!

I can see why Kathy chose to highlight your post today! Great job!

Aug 20, 2017 07:00 AM
Jay Markanich
Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC - Bristow, VA
Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia

Thanks Kathy!  A pleasure, as usual!

And thank you, Kristin!  I hope you stop by my posts often.

Aug 20, 2017 07:23 AM
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Good Morning Jay - yes, I think any casual observer could say we have a problem.  

Aug 20, 2017 09:19 AM
Jay Markanich
Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC - Bristow, VA
Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia

I could see it from the parking lot, Grant!  It was a sign of things to come!

Aug 20, 2017 02:45 PM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Jay

"Pro" definitely does not belong in the same sentence decribing what happened here.

Jeff

Aug 20, 2017 03:51 PM
Marte Cliff
Marte Cliff Copywriting - Priest River, ID
Your real estate writer

You find the most interesting things...

Aug 20, 2017 09:15 PM
Jay Markanich
Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC - Bristow, VA
Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia

I felt justified in using it because of the educational nature of the post, Jeff!  Says he, with a wink.  You are right, of course.

Thanks Marte.  I deal with interesting things every day!

 

Aug 21, 2017 04:06 AM