Originally Posted By: jgallant
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Got a call from a client today who I did an inspection on a 2-year old house for on 12/31 last year. He tried washing his car, but no water came out of the front hose bibb. The house had a winterizing feature where supply pipes could be turned off and drained. He turned on a shut off valve to let water flow to the hose bibb and it leaked in the garage. He asked me if I checked the hose bibb. I said I checked at least one since I measured the water pressure (reviewed my report), but I told him that if the hose bibbs have those foam winter covers on them I don’t routinely take them off, but if they’re uncovered I check every one I can get to that has a handle. I also don’t operate shut-off valves. And herein lies the crux of the biscuit as Frank Zappa used to say. You know why I don’t operate shut-off valves, I explained this to him and his response was that it was only a 2-year old house. Still, I don’t operate them and still won’t in the future. I’m writing him a check for $65 for the plumber’s service call, and I guess I’m thankful that it only amounted to that. I guess my resolution is to document every hose bibb I don’t check, and modify my contract and scope and limitations to explicitly say I don’t operate shut off valves.