Sad situation today. Arrived on site and the property was wet to the core. So much in fact there were water drops an the ceilings and paint throughout was bubbling and sagging like melted wax. The attic sheathing was shiny with frost.
I’m not sure who turned the water on but from what I gathered it may have been a neighbor who came out to the property a few days prior to turn on the water for my client. It was also mentioned that the property may have not been properly winterized.
Unfortunately the person who turned the water on did not perform a pressure test first to see if the lines would even hold pressure. And to top it off once they turned the primary valve at the floor it was rusted and would not turn off again. To make things even worse they could not find the main outside and had to leave the water running for some time, I don’t know how long. The driveway had to be broken up to locate the main so they could turn the water off.
This is a good example why home inspectors should never turn water on at a property unless you know exactly what you are doing. Turning water on prior to a pressure test is just asking for trouble.