Originally Posted By: Frank Nihei
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I accompanied a potential homebuyer to a home she was having a P & D done on.
When they opened up the water heater closet, a holy stench emerged into the house. There's a possibility it could have come from a dry p-trap, but we were there a good hour before the closet was opened and there was no smell before.
Inside, was about a 2-inch pile of grey fluffy-looking stuff - maybe cellulose and what appeared to be rodent droppings in it and on it. This was in a corner near the heater base. The closet was closed back up to try to contain the smell. Both inspectors, the realtor, and the two of us all saw this.
There were also sugar ants on living room walls as well as the klitchen walls and cabinets. Ant traps and d-con in a few spots in the house.
Yet, the P&D was written up as "clean". Why? What would have triggered a documented problem, if those didn't?
I would think signs of rodent activity (what the inspector told us it was) might at least trigger a notation on the report.
Just wondering if she got what she paid $175 for.