Creativity Is The Mother Of Invention

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Home Inspector with Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC

Some jurisdictions go to great lengths to preserve the original architecture and appearances in older homes.  Alexandria, Virginia and Gettysburg, Pennsylvania are two towns that come to mind based on my experience.  Manassas, Virginia is one as well.  For years they fought the idea of replacing older wooden siding with a newer product like aluminum, vinyl or fiber cement.  Since I have seen all of those recently on so many homes, apparently the city fathers have relented on that proscription.

It could be that on stone foundations, repairs with the original material or appearance is no longer an issue either.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The repair on the left was done some time ago.  Yes, that is Poly-foam.  It was apparently so successful that they used the same product on the repair on the right.  It is not the preferred repair.

Poly-foam is a good gap sealer and reacts well against moisture, but the UV rays of the sun cause it to deteriorate. It will turn a darker and darker brown, and begin to disintegrate.  Stone foundations are usually very old structures. The mortar between the stones will dry more and more as it ages. As it dries it will crack, fall out or completely release its bond and sit there loosely. Such old foundations should be inspected regularly and repaired, but by an experienced mason with stone foundation experience. Mortar, properly placed, is the preferred repair, for lots of reasons.  For all I know Poly-foam is the best repair!  That's doubtful though.  But for sure, while it isn't the prettiest it may be the most creative!

My recommendation:  One of the reasons for buying a historic structure is that it is historic.  It is nice to know when people have taken the time or spent the money to preserve that which you intend to buy!

 

 

 

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

Often it is Vince!  The homeowner or Uncle Bob...

January 13, 2010 03:53 PM
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James Quarello
Connecticut Home Inspector
JRV Home Inspection Services, LLC

Spray foam is great stuff...When used in the right way and correct places. I've seen this same repair way too many times.

January 14, 2010 05:53 AM
Rainmaker
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Jay Markanich
Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia
Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC

Almost as universal as duct tape, James!  See the next post for a proper repair suggestion...

January 14, 2010 05:59 AM
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Joseph Welusz
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Hi Jay,

It's always important to use the right product for the job.  It like using Gojo(hand cleaner for mechanics to get grease off there hands) to wash you hands before eating.  Sure it gets you hands clean but then they stink and who want to eat with stinky hands. If anyone is looking for a contractor have them get multiple Construction Quotes this way they can compare construction quotes.

January 21, 2010 10:31 AM
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Jay Markanich
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Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC

Joseph - common sense is often in short supply.

January 21, 2010 10:41 AM
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