I do not inspect appliances unless the client specifically requests it, my reports state:
The inspector is not required to operate, test or inspect kitchen appliances, clothes dryers, washing machines etc. nor their associated water connections and drain pipes. The inspector may operate them, but only as courtesy. We recommend turning off the water supplied to the clothes washing machine whenever it is not in use. We recommend having a professional inspect and clean the clothes dryer exhaust ducting and exhaust vent hood upon moving in and at least once each year thereafter.
MAIN FLOOR LAUNDRY:
Having the clothes washing machine located close to the bedrooms is quite popular however it can present a few problems. One serious implication is that the washing machine is now located in, and/or above a finished space. It is not uncommon for the hoses which supply water to the machine, to burst. This inevitably occurs when no one is home to notice and the amount of water discharging from the hose can do immense damage to contents, finishes and even the structure of the house. If a washing machine is located in or above a finished space it is best to have an area designed for that purpose including a waterproof surface below and a floor drain. We recommend replacing rubber type hoses with newer braided stainless steel ones that are much more dependable. We also recommend that the plumbing isolation valves be kept closed whenever the machine is not in operation. Another implication to consider are the vibrations that a washing machine can transmit into the structure of the house. The repeated vibration of structural components and finishing materials over time can cause premature deterioration such as nails coming loose, glue failing, drywall / compound cracks etc. We recommend that the appliance instructions be consulted in regards to proper loading of the appliance, vibration isolation pads can also be installed under the appliance feet.
Limitations & Exclusions of a Visual Appliance Inspection
As described within this report, the Standard Contract and the CAHPI Standards of Practice, this was a visual inspection and limited in scope by (but not restricted to) the following conditions:
• Inspection of central vacuum systems and household appliances is beyond the scope of a CAHPI/ASHI compliant home inspection. Any such inspections are to be at the discretion of the inspector.
• Thermostats, timers and other specialized features and controls were not tested. The temperature calibration, effectiveness, efficiency and overall performance of appliances is outside the scope of this inspection.
Refer to ASHI/CAHPI Standards of Practice sections 10.2, 13.1 & 13.2