Deck Not Installed Properly, Long Island NY

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Home Inspector with Torre Inspection Service, LLC 888-202-8869

The first thing I saw was the ledger board did not support the whole deck. Second thing no flashing to prevent water from entering the house. I started probing the wood with my screwdriver and almost lost it a few  times due to wood rot that was present. Then started shooting it with the infrared to see what it would detect? How much moisture was present? I wrote up the deck in the report as a improper installation  check for CO and permits for the deck.

Infrared

Comments (13)

Jay Markanich
Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC - Bristow, VA
Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia

Good call Frank.  Looks like a homeowner job...

I don't know about there, but in Northern Virginia the codes will not allow a deck to be attached to a soffit like that without an interior, free-standing double beam.  Who knows when the deck in your photo was installed, but it is weak and wet!

Nov 20, 2008 10:25 AM
Steve Hall
RE/MAX United - San Marcos, CA
Make the Call to Hankins and Hall

This looks worse than most but how many decks do you find that are actually installed correctly?

Nov 20, 2008 12:45 PM
Frank Torre
Torre Inspection Service, LLC 888-202-8869 - Hicksville, NY

Unfortunately not many decks are installed correctly.

Nov 20, 2008 10:13 PM
Jay Markanich
Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC - Bristow, VA
Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia

When installed by the homeowner, more often than not incorrectly.

When installed professionally, usually.  One pro job I did recently used no deck flashing and lo and behold there was moisture in the basement wall beneath the ledger board.  Hmmm, I wonder why?

Nov 20, 2008 11:10 PM
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
Fathom Realty Washington LLC - Tacoma, WA
South Puget Sound Washington Agent/Broker!

Frank, It looks real sci-fi in your photos. I appreciate your tech. Thank-you

Nov 22, 2008 02:56 PM
Jack Gilleland
Home Inspection and Investor Services, Clayton - Clayton, OH

The big box stores will tell you anyone can do it and people want to believe them.  Good pictures Frank. 

Nov 22, 2008 04:56 PM
Gene Allen
Fathom Realty - Cary, NC
Realty Consultant for Cary Real Estate

It is a do it your self world out there and homeowners always like to think they can do it themselves.

Nov 23, 2008 08:55 AM
Bob Elliott
Elliott Home Inspection - Chicago, IL
Chicago Property Inspection

Is there a ledger.?

I see what looks like hangers mounted directly to what appears to be siding ,but no ledger.(*surely not that 2x4)

Also it appears to be outside so whats wrong with it being wet , other than suggesting a sealant?

Apologize ,if I am missing something in the picture

Nov 23, 2008 01:03 PM
Frank Torre
Torre Inspection Service, LLC 888-202-8869 - Hicksville, NY

Hi Bob, the 2x4 is what they claim was a ledger board, I also add 2 more pictures for you to look at I wish I had more to add. It was a real hatchet job they did on this deck.

Nov 23, 2008 01:32 PM
Bob Elliott
Elliott Home Inspection - Chicago, IL
Chicago Property Inspection

They take decks and porches seriously in Chicago, ever since people died around 6 or 7 years ago.

I see they did some repair , with untreated wood also.As far as that 2x4 goes the wood should be supporting the hangers , and not be a sit ledge. Yikes.

Thanks for the pics.

Nov 23, 2008 02:40 PM
Gary Sloan
Discovery Inspections, LLC - Atlanta, GA

As inspectors this is one area we can not take lightly.  There are hoards of deck failures that routinely happen nationwide and tragedy ensues.  Keep us the good work, fellows!

Nov 24, 2008 03:14 PM
Erol Kartal
Schaumburg, IL

Most decks I inspect were installed incorrectly...

Jan 01, 2009 06:41 AM
Anonymous
Steve kuo

Hello,I had my entire deck replaced from wood to composite. After less than two years. The deck are warping with the edges jamming barefoot toes. How much would it cost to have the deck inspected? Live in Oyster Bay. Thank you

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