This isn’t the best photo, but the main electric panel is right above this washer/dryer connection in the utility room where the red arrow is. I reported this as a defect because an electric panel shouldn’t be right above a washer/dryer connection, mainly due to the washer connections, and I recommended either the panel or the washer/dryer connections be moved. Am I correct?
I don’t believe it has anything to do with the faucet connections , but there would be an accessibility problem with the machines in place…
Thanks James. I did point that out as well to my client.
Since you took a picture of the other side of the wall. I would be looking at the stand pipe height for the washing machine as well as the length of the standpipe. A standpipe too short may not allow the washing machine to not fill completely. I’m not a big fan of mechanical vents they may not be accepted in your jurisdiction. A short sweep elbow going from vertical to horizontal isn’t acceptable in any jurisdiction. Any thoughts on recommending a GFCI receptacle?
Thanks Martin. I didn’t even consider that. I did recommend a GFCI outlet and also mentioned that that outlet may be too close to the washer connections.
FYI this house was built in 1962 and that panel appears to be the original one. This utility room was an addition.
In addition, the dryer vent is a non-approved mylar foil type.
This is what made it not code compliant. Even still it is not a safety hazard.
It just means that an appliance will need to be removed to make ‘working’ on the panel safer.
They’re not going to do anything about it anyway. Home inspection is an easy thing. You call out what you know.
And move on.
I don’t think I’d call it out. Nope!
Yeah everybody let’s tear the damn thing out and move it over 6 feet.
Ditto. Do over think it
No that’s what will get you in trouble as a home inspector.
oops DON’T over think it
As an inspector for 4 decades if not a little more.
On most inspections I could write volumes.
Many would be like the encyclopedia Britannica in hard copy.
But having a Keen Eye and knowledge. That’s what’s helped me out the most.
Make note of the things that you have concerns about. But write hard on the things that are safety and hazards.
What I find with most new inspectors. Including my ride-alongs this past year. They get this gestapo inspector thing going. It is not needed.
When is the first volume coming out?
That’s why I asked. I don’t want to get in the habit of being “that guy”. This is the first time I ran into this type of installation and wavered back and forth whether or not to include it. I did include it just in case. I did speak to my client and told him the biggest concern would be that if the appliances are there it would be harder to shut if the breakers in case of emergency.
I’ll give you a signed copy LOL
You did very well I have no problem with that. I believe I would have done the same. Happy inspecting.
In addition, you asked a good question and phrased it correctly and deserved a good reply.
I wish all of them would do it the way you did.
I’m on my phone so ignore the typos or the grammar.
my biggest concern would be that metal appliance being in front of the electrical panel. One would most likely be touching it to access the panel…and could get electrocuted under the right circumstances.
I would recommend that he has a good life insurance policy on his wife.
No! I didn’t state that.
Replace it with mother-in-law.
I remember inspecting many years ago. When Housewives we’re getting foot problems from terrazzo floors.
Didn’t call that out. LOL
Does anyone else remember that ?
It may have been a Florida thing.