The Double Header: Concentrates the rain to get BOTH shoulders as you walk up the stairs! (This is #2 in a series on a single flipped house.)
Yes that’s right.
The original owner of this flipped property installed the gutter system to keep you dry, from the roof runoff at least, when you walk up the steps to the side door. (The everyday entry for the family).
The flipper replaced the old wood steps and landing, removing the downspouts in the process. And then he left things ‘up in the air’, literally! It probably wasn’t raining on the day that he finished or hoped it wouldn’t be when the house was being viewed. It wasn’t raining when I inspected but I did not miss it.
Now look at this configuration. This is the bottom edge of a flat low slpoe roof surface with a wider overhang where the side door is The trough or guttering is continuous. It’s all a the same height. OK
So why are there two downspout drops here in the same area? Why is it like that?
The answer it the gutter troughs are basically level. There is no grading, no slope to cause the water to drain to a lower point where the downspout is positioned. This incorrect. The minimum is a 1″ drop in 12 feet. I recommend more as such a minimal flow is easily disrupted or blocked.
So the gutters ‘pond’ (fill up with water) till it reaches the downspout drain, but some water always stays there. Its like having a bath tub that tilts away from the drain. There will always be a puddle of water in it.
That ‘ponding’ causes side effects. Leaves collect there. They compost to a mud. This raises the water levels and causes furthur blockages. Water can be held against wood facia boards causing them to rot. Metal clad facias still have wood behind and the metal cladding has overlapping joints, but they are not sealed. Water will get in.
What does this show us?
It routinely overflows and drips, so that means the downspouts are often blocked. We also see facia details that tell us it is made of wood, covered in the red toned metal and the joints are overlapped but not sealed.
As an experienced professional inspector I will understand that the original guttering was not correctly installed.
The gutters remain unsloped, prone to ponding and overflowing and will need more than normal maintenance to keep clean and operational.
There are conditions conducive to the rot and decay of the roof facias. The metal flashing will keep any such condition hidden for a long time, but I will be advising my client of this risk.
And of couse the downspout system remains incomplete, ‘up in the air’ where the flipper left it.
This is #2 of a series on the same flipped house.
4. Posting soon: A Case Of More Not Being Stronger…..A Stair Story.
5. Posting soon: The LANDING Looked Good But Is There A CRASH In The Future?
6. To come – landing/deck
7. To come – electrical
8. To come – exterior & landscaping
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