Please do not rent the bottom-level suite at 14540 John Marshall Highway, Gainesville, VA 20155! We hope this report helps you make an informed decision before deciding to rent at this building.
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Please do not rent the bottom-level suite at 14540 John Marshall
Highway, Gainesville, VA 20155! It has a lot of major problems and will
cause you so much stress!
This first photo is of a surprising moisture reading 6’
high on the front wall of the office. The white gage
measures drywall and read 100%.
To be fair there were areas high on the wall elsewhere in the
office, like on the sunny wall, which read much less and in the
30% area. The reading in the photo was about 1’ from the
The thermal image to the lower left shows a
temperature gradient where, in combination with a
moisture meter, can give an idea as to the
presence of moisture. Notice how the lower edge
of the corner and where the deck foot was resting
are a deeper blue?
That would indicate a cooler temperature and
likely due to moisture. The meter in the photo was
in the blue area to the left of the corner and near to
the floor molding. The greenish area in the carpet
is likely somewhat dryer than the surrounding
Similarly, further down the wall, about in the middle, the blue continued. The moisture
meter there was also 100%. The front wall of the office is in the shade all the time, so
after rains it dries much more slowly, if it dries at all.
In my evaluation I determined there are two
causes to the excessive humidity. The first
is the front wall in both rooms beneath a
window well. And the second is that the
HVAC is not cooling the air.
While there was a good air flow the temperature differential
between the air coming from the registers and the ambient
air in the units was not great. Ideally there should be a 15 –
20F degree temperature differential and today it was less
than 10 degrees or less.
The conclusion is that moisture is invading both rooms via the
front foundation wall and under the window well level.
So to sum it up, I believe there is a confluence of
three things — the moisture in the walls, the low
HVAC temperature differential, and the lack of
returning air for circula