Professional Home Inspector December 2018

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December 2018

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David Clark

"Dedicated To Training & Information For The Professional Home Inspector"

 

This Month's Tech Tip:

Inspecting Deck / Porch Flashing

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This Month's Tech Tip:

Inspecting Deck / Porch Flashing

 
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Deck / Porch Flashing?

Conducting inspections in the Northeast, we always recommend that decks or porches are not at the same level as the door threshold. I always recommend it is 4-7 inches below. Anything more that 7 ¾" would require another step. There however is no specific "code" requiring this. Actually, if you are inspecting an ADA built structure, the porch / deck would be level with the interior floor. In addition to the possibility of snow (not much of a possibility where I come from), there is another reason why I like the porch / deck below the threshold. We know that attached structures should have flashing. It would be difficult to properly install flashing on a structure that is level with the interior floor. I am not a proponent of directly attaching a porch / deck to the main building. Many times I have seen the results. Rotted sill plates, rim joists, and sub-floor structure. I would prefer to have the adjacent structure separate from the main. Flashing would still be necessary to ensure proper drainage. Caulk or sealant alone would not be sufficient to prevent water intrusion and damage. What should a home inspector be looking for:                 

Flashing along the ledger / house connection (if attached) 

Flashing at doors (caulk alone is not acceptable)

Door flashing pans with back dam

Moisture noted to ledger 

A gap should be between the decking and the door threshold to ensure proper drainage

Ensure the door’s sill plate is over the top of the ledger flashing

Flashing to the underside of the doors threshold 

Moisture / water staining noted on wood members from the basement or crawl space

Water staining noted on the masonry foundation 

Moisture on the insulation in the joist pockets

Counter flashing from the door threshold to the decking 


  • Flashing along the ledger / house connection (if attached)
  • Flashing at doors (caulk alone is not acceptable)
  • Door flashing pans with back dam
  • Moisture noted to ledger
  • A gap should be between the decking and the door threshold to ensure proper drainage
  • Ensure the door’s sill plate is over the top of the ledger flashing
  • Flashing to the underside of the doors threshold
  • Moisture / water staining noted on wood members from the basement or crawl space
  • Water staining noted on the masonry foundation
  • Moisture on the insulation in the joist pockets
  • Counter flashing from the door threshold to the decking 
  • Flashing along the ledger / house connection (if attached)
  • Flashing at doors (caulk alone is not acceptable)
  • Door flashing pans with back dam
  • Moisture noted to ledger
  • A gap should be between the decking and the door threshold to ensure proper drainage
  • Ensure the door’s sill plate is over the top of the ledger flashing
  • Flashing to the underside of the doors threshold
  • Moisture / water staining noted on wood members from the basement or crawl space
  • Water staining noted on the masonry foundation
  • Moisture on the insulation in the joist pockets
  • Counter flashing from the door threshold to the decking 

  • Flashing along the ledger / house connection (if attached)
  • Flashing at doors (caulk alone is not acceptable)
  • Door flashing pans with back dam
  • Moisture noted to ledger
  • A gap should be between the decking and the door threshold to ensure proper drainage
  • Ensure the door’s sill plate is over the top of the ledger flashing
  • Flashing to the underside of the doors threshold
  • Moisture / water staining noted on wood members from the basement or crawl space
  • Water staining noted on the masonry foundation
  • Moisture on the insulation in the joist pockets
  • Counter flashing from the door threshold to the decking 

 

The 2018 Niagara Frontier Home Inspectors Training Conference Was a Huge Success

I want to thank all of the participants, trainers, and exhibitors who continue to support the Niagara Conference!

SAVE THE DATE FOR THE 2019 NIAGARA CONFERENCE: October 18-19 2019

Here are some pictures from the 2018 sold out Niagara Frontier Home Inspectors Training Conference....

 

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