Roof Inspection, Does Your Home Inspector Get on the Roof?

     Internachi and Ashi standards of practice do not require a home inspector to get onto the roof surface. Climbing on a roof is a potential fall hazard. It is up to individual inspectors to determine safety boundaries for themselves. Rain soaked roofs are slippery and should not be attempted. Some roofs are to steep to be attempted without putting anchors on the roof surface, which is outside the standards for a home inspections.    

During a Powerworks Home inspection of a roof we do our best to get on all roof surfaces. If the roof is to steep to safely climb, we use our Phantom 3 drone to get there for us.

 

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In the course of roof inspections you find many conditions not visible from the ground. Over time, we have found conditions you may find educational.

The video present first on this page demonstrates how torn vent boot will allow water into the attic. Often there are no visible stains on the roof deck, because the surface tension of the water causes it to cling to the surface of the pipe while it slides down into the attic.

 


Home Inspection of roof. Torn vent boot.

This is a good example of, if you don't go on the roof you may miss issues in the attic.

Powerworks Inspection, roof inspection. Valley debris collecting against soffit.

During roof inspection in Tyrone we found the junction of soffit overhang meets valley surface. This junction is collecting debris and water. This is contributing to moisture issue affecting soffit framing, siding and valley roof deck. Solution would be the addition of a partial cricket to kick water out beyond soffit edge.
 

Other discoveries that can only be seen from the roof surface.

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