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Ok, it is Autumn here in Florida. The temperature may not show it, but the trees have figured out there is less daylight and are shedding their leaves. Leaves like to collect: in corners, in roof valleys, and especially in gutters.
Gutters full of leaves do not drain properly. In short, they stand water. Water standing in leaves picks up the tannic acid from the leaves and can corrode metal gutters. Standing water can also overflow the gutter and enter the home through the facia. There, it will begin rotting the wooden facia and start causing all sorts of other problems (wood rot and other fungi).
The best cure for all of this is to get your handyman or spouse or self on a ladder and dig that stuff out of the gutters. Use leather or other protective gloves as there is not much telling what is in that stuff. While you’re up there, look at the roof. Do you need to blow the leaves out of the valleys? Are the shingles still in good shape?
Be careful on the ladder and stay safe.
One roof should never drain onto another roof. This will shorten the life of your shingles where the upper roof dumps water onto the lower roof. Take this new home for example. The upper roof had gutters installed, but they dumped the downspouts onto the lower roof. This took all of the water from the upper roof surface and concentrated it into a 4 inch wide pipe. Shingles were never designed to handle water volumes like that.
To make matters worse, at the other end of the home, the downspout flows water across the shingles. Shingles are not designed to be waterproof, but to shed water. Flowing large amounts of water sideways across the roof surface is inviting water to get under the shingles. Once that happens, it is not long before a leak will occur.
This was not a small home, but a large 5 bedroom home in a new subdivision. I’ll say it again, if you are purchasing a home, new or old, you need a Licensed Home Inspector to go over the home with you. It can save you much more than the cost of the inspection. Contact i-Inspect today for your home inspection needs.
Lots of products have stickers or tags when you purchase them. Most of them can be removed. For example, you don’t keep the stickers and tags on your clothes. But most of you do leave the tag on your mattress.
Some tags are important to be left in place. The one on your garage door, entry door or window may save you money when your home inspector does a Wind Mitigation Inspection for you. These stickers tell the inspector if the product is impact rated or wind rated, and how much they are rated.
A few of you seem to be unable to live with a sticker up at the top of your window behind the blinds. Removing this sticker removes any certification for wind or impact rating for that window.
Same for doors, but the sticker tends to be in the jamb, near the hinge or up on top of the door.
Garage doors have many stickers. Most are warnings not to mess with the springs, don’t stick you fingers in the pinch points, or to be under the door when it comes down. The important one for your home inspection is the wind load rating.
In short, don’t take the sticker off of your home’s products. It may cost you money in the long run.
You see these on almost every roof. They are the vent pipes that let the sewer drain pipes “breathe”. Without vents, your drain pipes would not function properly. Much like holding your finger over the top of a straw and finding out the liquid will not drain out of the straw, your drainage system needs to allow air in to allow liquids out.
Most of our vent drains have a lead boot covering them. Something like this:
But if you have squirrels in your neighborhood, and they travel across your roof, they will often stop to gnaw on these lead vents. Evidently, chewing on the lead feels good to them. The down side is that once they chew through the top of the boot, moisture (rain) can get into the home via the gap now in the system. This water will drain down into a wall cavity where it and it’s associated damage are hidden from view.
Here we can see two examples of failed boots. They both are allowing water into the walls of the home.