I did an inspection last week on a new home and put in my report, “The leaders do not extend a minimum of 6 feet from the foundation and 10 feet is preferred.”
This was rated as a Maintenance Item defined as: “Item was functional at the time of inspection and/or requires normal maintenance. The Item should be addressed in the future as a part of normal home ownership.”
I received a phone call this morning from the company that installed the gutter system and asked, “What code was I looking at that requires a 6 foot leader?” and he said he’s never had a home inspector put this in a report asked me not to include it either. He continued to comment that 6 foot leaders would create alot of waste because they come in 10 foot sections.
The home seller asked him to get someone out to fix it. I told him that it wasn’t written up as a defect and it’s between him and the home owner what he should do. I will continue to evaluate the leaders because the potential problem of damaging the foundation as a future concern.
Any ideas, suggestions, or additional resources?