I just finished an article on the problem of split faced block in the Chicago area.
One point that I would like to be discussed is our obligation to the client, as well as our professional responsibility to not overly upset the market.
We can, very easily, see in the near future these buildings experiencing pancake collapses. Many of the older ones, that were sealed when they were originally built, are no ild enough for the original sealing to have worn off. And the condo associations, as is typical, has put off (or isn’t even aware of the need) the reauire maintenance.
We should inform our clients, but would this also serve to cast a taint on all split faced block buildings. If so, no buyer will want to purchase one and we would wind up with a LOT of abandoned buildings in this area.
What about insurance companies? If these companies see split faced block buildings are a losing proposition (not just from the potential risk of collapse, but also from water intrusion damage and mold) will they just start refusing to write homeowner policies for split faced block buildings?
And what duty does an inspect have to the client who is thinking about buying one? Do we tell them of our concerns? Are we duty bound to have water absorption test done? Do we call out that the joist, sill and coping stone flashing are missing? It has rained, prety much every day, for the past 2 weeks and water problems are very evident. What do we do if there is no rain for 2 to 3 weeks and the place has problems but they are not evident?
Just some thoughts and questions for you to consider. This is a real issue in the Chicago area. Is this problem seen in other areas, as well?