Another Close One

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Home Inspector with King of the House Home Inspection, Inc

I have done a few posts in the last weeks about people with good intentions, who kind of understand something, but end up missing the mark. You might call it the "close but no cigar" category. The photo below is a good example. This installer must have known that routing gutter water away from the home, and into an underground drainage system, is a good idea. They came up with a way to do this, but it is not working. They seem to have put in the drain and then they installed small grills over that. So the water coming out the downspout hits the ground hard, still bounces back up, collects at the foundation and then a tiny fraction of it makes it's way into the drain. The problem is further complicated by the grill not being in a hole in the ground, no indentation, basically it is about an inch over grade. How much better this would be in the connections were made that would take the downspout over to, and down into, the drain.

 

Steven L. Smith

Bellingham WA Home Inspections

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Rainer
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Sean Allen
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Yep, Close but no cigar. Amazes me that people don't take the time to fix or repair stuff.

Sean Allen

April 05, 2008 09:37 PM
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Sean Allen
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Yep, Close but no cigar. Amazes me that people don't take the time to fix or repair stuff.

Sean Allen

April 05, 2008 09:37 PM
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Steven L. Smith, King of the House Home Inspection, provides information for real estate buyers, sellers and real estate industry professionals. Blog posts emphasize issues commonly found in Bellingham, WA and Whatcom County. Smith is Washington State Licensed Home Inspector #207, a state licensed structural pest inspector, ASHI certified inspector #252760 and one of the most experienced inspectors in the northwest corner of the Pacific Northwest. Steven L. Smith is lead instructor of home inspection at Bellingham Technical College and teaches classes for Washington State University and the Washington State Department of Agriculture. Steve was a two-term member of the state licensing board.