You have finished up a long work out session with the lawn or maybe you just finished exercising, you're sticky, stinky and your muscle ache. A nice hot bath is just the ticket to loosen those tired tight muscles. If you happen to have whirlpool tub, so much the better.
I see whirlpool tubs in quite a few homes I inspect here in Connecticut. I also see many that aren't used often. How do I know? When I fill the tub and run those massaging jets, black goop spurts into the bubbling water.
Part of inspecting a jet tub is as I said filling and running it. Another part is to look for a an access to the plumbing and motor so it can be serviced and inspected. Many tubs have a large panel right in front that is easily removed and provides a fair amount of space for viewing.
On a recent home inspection, the home had a built in whirlpool tub in the main bathroom. This tub had the large pull away front panel. Once I filled the tub and turned it on, no black goop, it must get used often, I kneeled down and worked off the panel cover. As the cover came free my olfactory sense was immediately assaulted by a pungent odor. No, this wasn't mold or any type of flora, this stench was produced by animated, four legged creatures, mice.
Looking at the snaking white tubes for the tube jets, I noticed distinct stains of a rodent highway. Various bodily fluids left from those nervously skittering creatures as they make their way from here to there.
I imagine they had found the combo tub and shower an inviting, warm place, especially while those jets were in operation. After all everyone loves a warm bath.