Originally Posted By: rlind
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I am seeking advice from anyone that has experienced what happened to me during a Home Inspection earlier today.
I was inspecting a newly rehabbed 110 year old structure. New electrical, plumbing, and drywall were all recently installed.
The house was vacant, the gas and water were shut off by the homeowner (not present), and the prospective buyer (my client) and I were the only two persons present.
The client asked me if I would turn on the water and gas to facilitate my checking the plumbing fixtures and furnaces.
I informed the client that I would not, and could not, operate either of those valves for safety reasons. After all, I don't know WHY the valves were shut off.
The client then asked me if HE could turn on the main water valve, which was easily accessible in the basement. I told him that the decision was between him and the homeowner. He decided to turn the water valve on. Within about two minutes, we both heard the sound of dripping water upstairs. He ran up the stairs to investigate, and I instinctively shut off the main water valve. Upon ascending two flights of stairs to the second floor, I found the client in the master bathroom shutting off the tub faucet. Apparently, the (hidden) plumbing connection to the faucet was loose, allowing some of the water out of the tub faucet, and most of the water behind the tub.
We went downstairs to find about a gallon of water that had seeped around two recessed light fixtures located directly below the tub.
We found a bucket to catch the remaining dripping water, and some towels to mop up some of the water on the living room floor. By then, about a half gallon of water had seeped through the living room floor and landed on the carpet in the basement.
The client seemed grateful to find this defect before closing, and I assured him I would finely detail the events in my inspection report, including recommendations to have a licensed plumber fix the leak, a licensed electrician check for any electrical damage caused by the water leak, a licensed structural engineer check for any structural damage, and a licensed industrial hygienist to check for any organic growth potentially caused by the water leak.
Has this happened to anyone before?
How did you detail the findings in your report?
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