I-Team: Hidden Defect Discovered in Dream Home

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A frustrated home buyer turns to the FOX 8 I-Team after discovering a hidden defect in his dream home, that cost him tens of thousands of dollars.

Jack Shea examines the remedies a buyer can pursue when an expensive flaw is uncovered.

Watch his report above.

14 comments

  • Jones

    If the home inspector had gotten on the roof MAYBE he could have detected the previous repairs but you can tell whats behind a wall. And like the other inspector said unless it had just rained and there was signs of water or moisture he would have no way of spotting it. Someone did make repairs to that valley. Did they know it went as far as the wall? Sad for this fella because he bought a 20 year old house and Im sure he paid for a 20 year old house. I doubt he paid the price of new construction. Even then Ive seen new homes with shotty work.

  • Shannon

    I had the same thing happened to me I bought a house on land contract and while doing repairs we found tons of mold that was hidden walls the ceiling had eventually collapsed the carpeting had to be pulled up because of it and what it came down to was I eventually had to move out immediately due to Blackmold being everywhere in house the person that I purchased the home from did a shoddy job at putting it together and selling it to me under false pretenses so I was lucky I didn’t have to go to court nothing came of it but I did have to move.

  • Johnson

    The Home inspector was Pillar to Post and the guys name is Mike Rothschiller, he completely missed an electrical pannel(fuses) in my home inspection, but what he could see added up!

  • David

    This report was so unfair to the home inspector… did the reporter ever read the inspection report? Did the reporter ever ask the inspector for an interview instead of ambushing him at his personal residence?

    Why not interview the seller?

    Home Inspectors can’t see behind walls and usually have no permission to move furniture, storage that might limit the view of walls and floors. The general home inspection typically does not include air quality testing or mold testing. I have been an inspector for 15 years.

    • Dan McDonnell

      Home inspectors are a waste of money. They can’t detect water damage in a home with there instruments unless it’s a couple of days old. How does that protect the new home buyer? They don’t look for unseen problems in homes like water damage or possible flooded basements exspecially if it is hidden by the seller.
      I bought a home that has flooded basements problems and it was so well hidden just like Mr. Mayers home an inspector would never detect it. Buyers be ware sellers often concel known problems of the house there selling.
      In my case the previous owner knew of a flooding basement problem but went through great extent to conceal it and did not disclose it in the discloser form.
      Now i have to go through the court system and prove the previous home owners deception.

  • ronarch13

    From the video it looked like there was also a downspout located in that corner. WHY? Interior corners are where problems are common, usually due to poor construction and failure to understand how to properly flash.
    My advice would be not to hire the cheaper person or even hire an Architect to look at your house you may buy. Most people don’t start in the basement of a house to look at framing or the attic to do the same and look for leak evidence. Stop looking at finishes, anyone can shine a turd.

  • Marko Vovk

    I am Marko Vovk the other inspector with the purple shirt. If the home inspector has a limits of liability to the inspection fee paid, and in the same contract, has an arbitration provision then it may be unconscionable. People with early Cutured Stone Cladding installations have these types of problems all the time. See my YouTube videos under the name ClevelandMarko.

  • drug daddy dingo

    The homeowner is a real whiner. He should call the wambulance and then take a chillaxative. How could the inspector or even the realtor possibly see behind the walls. Granted the previous owner knew exactly what was going on but could it be proved in court? I seriously doubt it….

  • susan

    I agree woth David up there. But I have no wories for myself in buying, my husband owns his own construction company. I’ve learned to pay attention to allot.

  • Steve Gaudet

    Sorry to hear of this problem. However, a home inspection is limited to a visual inspection only. If you can’t see it you can’t write it up. Even using thermal imaging this damage would not be seen. With thermal imaging it records surface temperatures. Moisture can be seen with thermal imaging; on the surface…it is not X-Ray vision.

    In this case the vinyl siding would block the moisture from the outside. Interior the drywall would need to be wet to show the damage. If there was a moisture barrier behind the drywall it would never be detected. In addition, the insulation in the wall would need to be soaked for it to wick through.

    With regards to the home owner the only way they would know the extent of the damage would be, one removed the exterior siding. Second, if water was pooling in the basement / crawlspace below this wall.

    Since I’m only looking at the video appears there were two problems. One, poor roof flashing, second no moisture barrier over the sheathing i.e.: Tyvek which would of help shed the water.

    Last, if this is a development and there are other homes designed this way they may have the same problems. If I was a home owner with this style home I’d be checking this.

  • Marshall Brown

    Most of the time when a client is disappointed in a home inspection it is because of items that were explicitly excluded by agreement or concealed/inaccessible at the time of the inspection.

    Our agreement has things in it that we do not do, it has things in it that limit damages and the way a claim must be processed. These are necessary to stay in business and be available to provide the service we do.

    The client is ALWAYS advised of the exclusions and limitations of a home inspection. The Holmes On Homes expectation for a home inspection is based on a myth. Sellers, reasonably enough, object to having their homes demolished for an inspection.

    No home inspection can find every possible defect in a home. A home inspection CAN provide a lot of valuable information to help a buyer make better decisions but no purchase is without risk. A home inspection only lowers that risk

  • Rick Stacy

    Whenever I see a roof butting up to a wall I study it to see if kick out flashing is present or its allowing water to go behind the siding. If so, I don’t need to see evidence if damage (which is rarely visible until too late) but I will point it out in my report. The inspector should not have missed this. I have worked too many years as a remodel
    repairing damage from this all too common problem to even think of overlooking it. I just inspected a new roof done this way, by a established contracted that when confronted by the owner about it, boasts about his 27 years of roofing experience. Unfortunately, the vast majority of ‘experienced’ roofers miss this detail on a regular basis. We as inspectors have to look for it. (Incidentally, another option I have used if you don’t like the look of kick out flashing is letting the water go behind the siding onto another piece of flashing that is lapped over the nailing flange of the row of siding right below it. Water then exits through the holes present in the bottom of the siding.)

  • Alex J. Kasubienski III

    First, let me say that yes, you can determine if there is a leak or if there was a previous leak in a residential or commercial unit. You just have to know what you are looking for, and not be afraid to use the equipment that you are suppose to be trained to utilize. You have to be willing to get on the roof and walk the roofs and look for signs, you have to be willing to enter the attics, and crawl spaces. Also, people have to understand that inspections take time and that they can not be completed in an hour to and hour and a half. And the inspectors have to realize that if it takes you 3 to 4 hours to do one inspection then that is what it takes, you do not cut corners, you do not look the other way on things, if there is a violation you have to list it on the reports or this is what can happen. Having said this, I would wonder if the inspector was provided the information about the disclosures prior to the inspection taking place if the inspector had any knowledge of a leak at all, because yes you are able to find these items with the tools, but unless signs show up or prior knowledge in provided, it is almost impossible to know what is happening in one’s walls.
    Having said all this, I do not like speaking badly of anybody because (Karma is a bad thing) it can come back to bite you. However, I must say that Pillar to Post is a franchised company and I personally do not believe that this is an industry that should be franchised.

  • Marshall Brown

    No longer associated with Pillar To Post but I have to say that during my time as a franchisee the training and encouragement to constantly improve and act in a professional manner were second to none.

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