Pressure Wash Collapses Deck

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I really enjoy reading blog posts written by home inspectors.  This home inspector is one of our own in Framingham Ma.  This is a very scary situation that home owners should be aware of.

Via Jim Mushinsky (Centsable Inspection):

While looking at a house recently, the buyer says he has been to look at the house several times, and as recent as two days prior to my visit.  In the interest of time, he tells me there is no need to mention the obvious items.

I confirmed his awareness of water penetration of the siding and windows, collapsed deck, and sealed basement windows.  The typical quick yes response, and then he says what’s wrong with the deck. 

The current tenant happened to be home.  We all walked around the back to observe the collapsed deck.  The tenant informs us that someone recently pressure washed the deck.  The deck floor joist were toe-nailed to the ledger board (no joist hangers).  

Thankfully, no one was hurt during the collapse.

About susanmorrison

After living in Walpole, MA for many years, our family was transferred to the west coast when I was a senior in high school. In 1983, I graduated from Mission San Jose High School in Fremont, California. I am also a 1987 graduate of Providence College with a major in liberal arts and a minor in business administration. I bring to the table many years of sales experience beginning with thirteen years in Corporate Sales at Delta Air Lines. I'm the mother of three children and I'm very active within the Franklin, MA community. I am also a cancer survivor and support the American Cancer Society Charities.

My husband and I have built five homes and I've lived in a variety of other locations including Toronto Canada, Irving Texas and my current home in Franklin, MA. As a result of all my moving around, I came to the conclusion that I was an expert at moving...why not become an expert on the other side of the table? I earned my real estate license in 2004 and believe that I have found my true niche'. I can empathize with my clients on a variety of levels; whether they are buying or selling. And, like so many other good realtors out there, I believe that possessing good communication skills is one of the many keys to success.

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