Today I inspected a house with a 87 year old, one eyed, widowed, seller who was present for most of the inspection and followed me every where asking what was wrong. She became very agitated when I told her that the report could only be shared with my client or with others; after I received permission from my client. She left for about 45 minutes but asked if I was going to steal from her while she was gone, before she left.
While she was gone I went into the master bedroom bathroom and started filling two sinks and the tub. As the sink filled near the top I attempted to close the hot water valve but it would not respond. I ended up closing the angle stop underneath the sink.
Shortly after she returned the buyers agent (who I get a lot of inspections from) and the buyer showed up for the review. The one eyed lady told us the house was still hers because she had not received any money yet and ordered us out so she could eat supper. We packed up and left.
My question is this. In Arizona we use the ASHI standards of practice. We have to observe the interior water supply including fixtures and faucets. How in the hell did this SOP ever get by with out stating that we cannot be held responsible when one of these fixtures fail?
There is a lot in this SOP that says what we are not required to do. There is nothing that says we cannot be held liable when doing what is required.