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During this home inspection we noticed a few water stains on the 1st floor, then directly above on the 2nd floor and yes, then on the 3rd floor which turned out to be directly below the chimney.

This is a water front property and it was impossible to get a ladder up 4 stories and our drone is not flying. This is what we found in the attic.

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F.Y.I. Using silicone in the attic to stop water leaks does not work! I am not sure what this handyman was thinking.

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Some months ago we starting looking into drones. We have gone ahead and purchased a Phantom III for testing and hopefully we will be able to use it as part of our services soon.
Yesterday I pulled up to my inspection and found out it was a 3 story commercial building with no roof access. It didn’t take long for the lights to come on in my brain….so, I called my wife who is becoming the operator of the drone and she showed up on site an hour later. The video is a shortened edition of what we could see. From the ground I could see nothing, so any viewing was a huge improvement. This approach certainly was a lot safer than climbing a 40″ ladder! With this Phantom III we got a birds eye view of the roof and found several leaks and a few other minor concerns.
Stay tuned for more to come

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We found these problems with this chimney during a recent home inspection.

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The base flashing had been removed and someone painted on roofing cement in an ill attempt to stop water leaks. From the ground these repairs looked a little off, but nothing very alarming. My home inspector antennae went up just enough to make sure I got a closer look. These repairs have been leaking for sometime and there is an unknown amount of wood rot surrounding the chimney in the attic.

 

The chimney cap mortar has completely disintegrated and was falling off the chimney while we were there. Rain had been getting inside and causing even more problems. Upon closer examination, we found a crack at the outside of the chimney which carried through to the clay liner inside. This is certainly a fire and safety hazard!

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The buyers are certainly glad we climbed the roof and found these dangerous and very costly problems during our home inspection.

 

 

Trees on roof

Keep those tree branches trimmed away from the roof to help prevent damaged shingles and eventual water damage inside

Dry rotted boots

Neoprene flashing boots last 2-4 years here in the south. Once they dry and crack, it’s a matter of short time before water leaks into the home