All I Needed Was A Hint ... Please?

By
Home Inspector with Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC

On the inspection of the historic Manassas VA house, I encountered a new, very-well-done metal roof.  It was framed all around with a very nice cap.  At first I wondered where the gutters were, since I saw them around the front porch roof.  Then I realized that the main roof did in fact have gutters.

They are hidden.

I really like the look.  But there are disadvantages.

For example, it is very hard to tell if the gutters are clogged. 

And it is similarly hard to tell if the gutter is inclined properly, cracked or leaking - it is very hard to see. 

Any such leaking can get into the structure and rot it, totally hidden by wrapping the soffit and fascia.

A leak can get into the house, and can be there for a long time before it is actually discovered.

I looked and looked around the house to see any evidence that there might be a crack somewhere.

Anywhere.

All I needed was a hint.

Anything at all.

An indicator *, something from which I could deduce any problem.

I looked and I looked...

My recommendation:  One thing really does lead to another.  You can't always get what you want, but if you try, sometimes, you just might find, you get what you need.

* OK, there is an indicator on the shutter - ice!  From that gutter extended an ice trail down the roof and an accumulation of ice at the edge.  And on the other side of the house, the north side, was a huge icicle which apparently had dropped and broken into 50 large pieces.  Might just be a clogged gutter over there!

Posted by

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


close

This entry hasn't been re-blogged:

Re-Blogged By Re-Blogged At
Spam prevention

Accessibility option: listen to a question and answer it!

To submit the form,
drag the pencil to the circle on the side.

Type below the answer to what you hear. Numbers or words, lowercase:

Topic:
ActiveRain Community
Location:
Virginia Prince William County Bristow
Groups:
Active Rain Block Party
Adventures in Home Inspecting
Professional Home Inspectors
The Vent
Tags:
hidden problems
gutter problems
gutter clog
gutter leak

Comments 14 New Comment

Rainmaker
1,167,792
Jay Markanich
Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia
Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC

It is a clean look Mandy.  But, as I said, there are some disadvantages.

January 17, 2010 10:10 AM
Ambassador
1,040,884
Charles Buell
Seattle Home Inspector
Charles Buell Inspections Inc.

Jay the house is always "winking" at us in some way----ain't it?:)

January 17, 2010 12:06 PM
Rainmaker
1,167,792
Jay Markanich
Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia
Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC

I'm glad I wasn't standing under that icicle when it winked Charlie!

January 17, 2010 06:18 PM
Rainmaker
179,080
Jack Gilleland
Home Inspection and Investor Services, Clayton

Hey Jay if the sun would have been from a different angle it would have been hard to catch the ice.

Good Eye.

Ah, by the way, there is a picture there now.  I'm a home inspector not a writer.

 

January 17, 2010 07:35 PM
Rainmaker
1,167,792
Jay Markanich
Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia
Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC

You're right Jack, I caught it in the morning sun.  Afternoon light may not have revealed it so cleanly.

 

January 17, 2010 07:40 PM
Rainmaker
1,167,792

Jay Markanich

Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia
You may contact me anytime...
*
*
*
Spam prevention

Accessibility option: listen to a question and answer it!

To submit the form,
drag the flag to the circle on the side.

Type below the answer to what you hear. Numbers or words, lowercase:

Additional Information

An experienced home inspector's look at current home inspection events and conditions along with his useful recommendations.