Often when we’re inspecting homes, we find that DIYers come up with some very creative ways to “fix” problems. It’s not always clear if it’s just a DIY disaster or the DIYer simply had the best of intentions. Perhaps it’s both, but regardless they can be amazing.
Sadly, they’re only temporary or band aid solutions at best. Going to the effort of venting a chronically damp wall cavities (see left picture) by installing a series of vents in the common garage wall is futile if you are not going to simply fix the roof that is leaking and causing the moisture in the first place.
Or take a look a the picture at the right. Here the DIYer seemingly designed a newfangled type of “hose clamp” instead of just repairing / replacing a shut-off valve. Chances are, this may very well be met with soggy results.
It’s one thing for a DIYer to take emergency action in the event of something that’s gone awry…makes perfect sense as long as it can be done safely and without injury to the person or damage to the property, however these should not be confused with a permanent corrective action.
It’s hard to imagine how in the above photos these “fixes” weren’t meant to be anything other than permanent…and aren’t. If you’re buying a home, or own a home that needs repair, protect yourself…get it inspected!