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6 Yr Cracked Window Sill Joint

This picture was taken at a 6 year old house! The window sill joint has cracked. The implication is water penetration, which could lead to rot and mold.


 

Preventative Property Maintenance

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Cracked Caulking Joint on Roof Flashing

The caulking joint between the brick and metal flashing has cracked. Water penetration is the implication. Also note, this down spout should be extended to the eave trough below. Leaving the down spout like this will create premature wear of the shingles in this area.

Animal Intrusion / Getting on the Roof

In this picture, raccoons are getting onto the roof by climbing the deck guard, then over to the downspout and up! Notice the mud on the down spout and eave trough!

Window Caulking Cracked

This picture was taken at a 6 year old house! The caulking around this window has cracked. The implication is water penetration, which could lead to rot and mold. This should be addressed immediately.

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Animal Intrusion / Gaining Access

At this home, we came across a repair at a roof line intersection, that is commonly not well secured. Raccoons are experts at pulling this area open, giving them access to the attic. When we viewed the attic, it was a mess! Insulation was disturbed in areas to the point of there being no insulation coverage in those areas.


Vegetation Issues / Vines on House

Vines on a home are intrusive, working their way behind the brick or siding and into the soffits. The vines hold moisture and provides a corridor for rodents.

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Final Grade / Soil Touching Brick

When soil is touching the brick, moisture is wicked into the brick, during the winter season these bricks can freeze causing spalling.


Needs Paint / Swollen Garage Door

This is a good example of what can happen when wood is left unprotected. Note the moisture has wicked up and swollen the panels.

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Improper Installation / Improper Vent

This is not an ideal venting application! The vent pipe from the range hood is dumping into a turbine roof vent. During the winter months, warm moist air from this pipe could freeze up the turbine mechanism. The range hood vent pipe should have its own vent port.


Vent not Insulated

This home had a new kitchen renovation, the contractor / installer, did not insulate the range hood vent pipe. In the cold months of the year, warm moist air could condensate, leaving the potential for condensate to run back to the hood.


No Insulation

In this picture, the contractor has moved insulation while working on plumbing and range hood vent piping. The insulation was not put back, you can see the drywall.


Worn Shingles

This roof is in need of new shingles, the condition of the existing ones could easily lead to water damage.


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