Out of sight, out of mind, that's a very old cliché meaning what we don't see, we don't think about...until it's thrown up in our face. Yesterday I wrote about homes where owners prioritize aesthetics over function. In so doing create difficulties in maintaining important systems and even hazards. The interesting twist to this mind set is there also seems to be little concern or caution on the part of the homeowner. The practice of modifying the home or an important system in what might be a potentially detrimental condition appears to never occur to homeowners who are aesthetically inclined.
The one aspect of the home I spoke of previously that really epitomizes this lack of concern or perhaps a better phrase; head in the sand attitude was the washer drain. The drain is plumbed out the foundation wall into the yard below grade. This simply can not be done.
To be fair the current homeowner did not have the work done, he bought the house with the drain installed the way I found it during the home inspection. My understanding was the current owners lived in the home for 21 years. Let me repeat, 21 years. Never was a question raised? Or if so was the thought process, out of sight, out of mind. Perhaps they never had a home inspection. They weren't as prevalent as today. Yet at some point it seems logical a question would have been raised, but that's just my thought process.
In the end when the house gets sold, they all eventually get sold, the issue is brought into the spotlight or should I say the inspector's flashlight. The ignored becomes illuminated and the ugliness that was a priority to hide is now on display for all to see.
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