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When you gotta go----you gotta go!

     On a recent inspection my buyer asked me what this pipe sticking out of the side of the garage was. 

Generator Exhaust?

     Based on the washed away area (impact mark) on the ground under the pipe, I said that it was likely a drain for the flat roof.  Because the roof had sagged a bit, and was holding water, a drain had been installed in the low spot to aid in draining the roof. 

     One of the interesting things about ponding water on a flat roof is that water is heavy. 

     The weight of the water causes the roof the sag, which over time stays sagged, which means the roof can hold even more water, leading to even more ponding/sagging-----and on and on.  Now the roof might not “break,” but it does affect the resilience of the roofing materials and eventually the roof will start to leak.

     The other day I did a post about a flooded flat roof ----or one with a lot of standing water anyway.  I waded out into the middle of one of the puddles to unblock the drain.  The drain location is right where the arrow is pointing.

 Lets go wading

     The result?

     When you gotta go----you gotta go!

Man I gotta GO!

     Is this what they mean when the listing says, “Water feature?”

 

Charles Buell

 

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Comment balloon 34 commentsCharles Buell • April 23 2010 08:34AM

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Funny post and informative at the same time.

Posted by Cathy Polan, Royal Lepage Proalliance Realty Sales Rep. (Royal LePage ProAlliance Realty,Brokerage) about 8 years ago

Don't you just hate when you see something like that and then, well, you've just got to go.

Posted by Glenn Roberts (Retired) about 8 years ago

So, in addition to the weight of all that water, you waded out and added the additional weight of a lanky Seattle home inspector? .... (excuse me, I've gotta go to the bathroom now).

Posted by Alan May, Helping you find your way home. (Coldwell Banker Residential) about 8 years ago

That's too funny, Charles.  And informative too.  Ditto what Catherine said : ) -- Tanya in Montreal

Posted by Tanya Nouwens, Montreal Real Estate Broker & Stager (RE/MAX ROYAL (JORDAN) INC. / Tanya Nouwens Inc. www.readysetsold.ca) about 8 years ago

Catherine, thanks----and thanks for stopping by

Glenn, like I said---when you gotta go----you gotta go

Alan-----almost fell on my ass too----really really really slippery :)

Tanya----ditto what I told Catherine :)

 

Posted by Charles Buell, Seattle Home Inspector (Charles Buell Inspections Inc.) about 8 years ago

Water feature?  I know a reator who advertised a property as waterview because accross the street there was a gated adult community with a retention basin.  Go figure!

Posted by Katherine Fornale, SFR, GRI (REMAX REALTY 9) about 8 years ago

Water feature, indeed! "Let the sound of the trickling waterfall lull you to sleep at night...."

Debi

Posted by Debi Boucher, "Realtor Showcase" - Real Estate Photography/Virtual Tours ( Real Estate Showcase Photography) about 8 years ago

Katherine that is pretty funny :)

Debi, more likely make everyone in the house feel like they "gotta go"

Posted by Charles Buell, Seattle Home Inspector (Charles Buell Inspections Inc.) about 8 years ago

Hi Charles, I say, plant a birdbath underneath and you have a functional bird bath (or shower) and a nice waterfall feature. enjoy your weekend, jay

Posted by Jay Lloyd, Allpro Home Inspection (Cape Coral Florida) about 8 years ago

Flat roofs and Western Washington State, bad idea, now that's ActiveRain...
Make this a special day for someone, Charles...
Paul

Posted by Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®,CRS,, Tacoma Washington Agent/Broker & Market Authority! (RE/MAX Professionals.) about 8 years ago

Charles. you and some of the other inspectors have some great posts and I agree some are funny and sad...but informative for sure!!

Posted by Rebecca Gaujot, Realtor®, Lewisburg WV, the go to agent for all real estate (Perry Wellington Realty, Adam Conrad, Broker) about 8 years ago

Jay, it would work for that---you have a nice weekend too

Paul, it seems that sooner or later, they are a bad idea everywhere :)

Rebecca, thanks---glad you enjoy

Posted by Charles Buell, Seattle Home Inspector (Charles Buell Inspections Inc.) about 8 years ago

There you go Charles inspecting and making repairs again ;)

Posted by Troy Pappas, Virginia Beach Home Inspector (Safe House Property Inspections) about 8 years ago

Troy---dang I have to stop DOING that :)

Posted by Charles Buell, Seattle Home Inspector (Charles Buell Inspections Inc.) about 8 years ago

A bit vulgar if you ask me, Charles :)

 

Nice talk yesterday.

Rich

Posted by Rich Edgley (Greater Chicagoland Home Inspection) about 8 years ago

we certainly can't have you falling on your kazazz

Posted by Alan May, Helping you find your way home. (Coldwell Banker Residential) about 8 years ago

Rich it actually is when you think about it :)  Lets chat again sometime.

Alan---yes---embarrassing way to fall through a roof----if there is an "un-embarrassing" way :)

By the way do you two know each other?  Alan meet Rich, Rich meet Alan---you are in the same kneighborhood.

Posted by Charles Buell, Seattle Home Inspector (Charles Buell Inspections Inc.) about 8 years ago

Why do folks build a flat roof?  is it cheaper?  I've never quite understood it.  Gotta get myself a "water feature" though.

Posted by Tammy Lankford,, Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville (Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668) about 8 years ago

Tammy yes---cheaper in the short run (and isn't that all that matters?)  :)

Posted by Charles Buell, Seattle Home Inspector (Charles Buell Inspections Inc.) about 8 years ago

Ho Charles, One man's water feature is another man's potential hazard to be repaired. I am not sure about your area but the most significant areas of concern in housing today are water related. Seems that from plumbing issues to poor grading, these water issues seem re-occur on a regular basis. In our area of the state, the amount of re-piping, pipe re-lining, drainage or lack there of affects or has affected so many properties. The bigger questions is why over the past years has there been such an increase in these issues. The problems also seem to spring up earlier ( in newer construction) than in previous decades.

Posted by William Johnson, San Diego Real Estate Voice, GRI CRS e-Pro CDPE (RE/MAX Associates) about 8 years ago

William, I think infrastrutures of all sorts are in poor condition all over the country.  Everything has a life----some things come due quicker than others.

Posted by Charles Buell, Seattle Home Inspector (Charles Buell Inspections Inc.) about 8 years ago

Charles - Yep, in today's world, that would likely qualify as a "water feature" - at least in some parts of the country:-)  Water is definitely not a house's friend!

Posted by Myrl Jeffcoat, Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent (GreatWest Realty) about 8 years ago

"Water feature" -- that's a good one.  You should write listings, you'd be great!!

Posted by Carla Muss-Jacobs, RETIRED (RETIRED / State License is Inactive) about 8 years ago

Charles, I would make a longer comment but maybe I should go...............

Thanks for the help earlier!

Posted by Dennis Chamberlain, Eastern WA Home Inspections (Eastern WA Home Inspections, LLC) about 8 years ago

Myrl, it is as important to control water as it is electricity in the home :)

Carla, I will leave that to the experts

Dennis you are welcome---any time----now you can go.

Posted by Charles Buell, Seattle Home Inspector (Charles Buell Inspections Inc.) about 8 years ago

Mr Charles,

I do not know if you know it or not, but those internal drainy thingees like that, in the center of the roof, often lead to leaks below and that makes people very mad. I hope you knows that.

Nutsy

Posted by Steven L. Smith, Bellingham WA Home Inspector (King of the House Home Inspection, Inc.) about 8 years ago

You candi

Posted by Charles Buell, Seattle Home Inspector (Charles Buell Inspections Inc.) about 8 years ago

Hi Charles,

You are to funny!!  LOL!  Have a great weekend!

Dawn

Posted by Peter and Dawn Smith (Circle Shot Media) about 8 years ago

Peter and Dawn, glad you enjoyed it

Posted by Charles Buell, Seattle Home Inspector (Charles Buell Inspections Inc.) about 8 years ago

Now waders are something I do not keep with me in my tool kit!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) about 8 years ago

Mr Charles,

Whatever you did with my photo, I do not get it.

Nutsy

Posted by Steven L. Smith, Bellingham WA Home Inspector (King of the House Home Inspection, Inc.) about 8 years ago

Jay, I know----but you have a boat

Nutsy, I want you to stay right where you are until you "get it"

Posted by Charles Buell, Seattle Home Inspector (Charles Buell Inspections Inc.) about 8 years ago

And then you sent them a bill for the repair, right?

Posted by Reuben Saltzman, Delivering the Unbiased Truth. (Structure Tech Home Inspections) about 8 years ago

Reuben, no, but everyone sure got a kick of seeing that stream of water :)

Posted by Charles Buell, Seattle Home Inspector (Charles Buell Inspections Inc.) about 8 years ago

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