What were they thinking??

Home Inspector with VICO Home Inspection NACHI07070602

As you can see the professionals that installed these fixtures just didn't care for the safety of the homeowner.  I know this area does not have or enforce any type of building codes but this was a "stick" built in 1998.  I hope this was done not to eventually hurt anyone but was done by unskilled labor or for some reason a short cut.   I can see a small child playing unattended as a recipe for disaster.

 You can see the water runs out of the faucet next to the electrical outlet.  Good building practice would have a minimum  

 of at least 2'-3'of horizontal separation.  My recommendation is to remove one of the fixtures for the safety of the

 occupants of the home.  I'm quite sure an insurance adjuster would be shocked to see this.  Situations like this are the

 reason most of us are in this business, to help people and make them aware of potential problems when buying any


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InterNACHI Certified Inspector
Vince Chinell
VICO Home Inspection
eMail: vgchinell@gmail.com
Affiliate Member of the Tri-Lakes Board of Realtors

Comments (6)

Clint Mckie
Desert Sun Home, commercial Inspections - Carlsbad, NM
Desert Sun Home, Comm. Inspection 1-575-706-5586

Hi Vince,

So you finally found the time to post huh? :-)

This is nothing but a stupid thing by the builder. Where was the supervisor when the took place? Where was the quality control?

I think they both were on vacation when it took place. I was LMAO when I saw the picture. By the way I think it should be a bit bigger for us older inspectors who are blind. LOL

Have a great day in Missouri.

Best, Clint McKie

May 04, 2013 12:33 AM
John G. Johnston
John G. Johnston & Associates, LLC - Westcliffe, CO
An Exclusive Buyer's Agent ~ Westcliffe, CO

Vince  I agree this was a stupid idea.  Would this have been a code violation back then and is it now?

May 04, 2013 03:06 AM
Vince Chinell
VICO Home Inspection - Branson, MO

Clint, "Old Blind Inspectors" makes me shiver at the thought.


John,  Good to hear from you.  As it stands there are no Codes in this County except for sewers.  Building codes do not exist so dangerous situations happen like this all the time.  Much like the road department,  unless someone is seriously injured or killed, rarely does any speed or advisement sign go on the roadway.  Building safety is similar but there is no building inspection entity to go to with issues.  ???  Keeps us busy with safety recommendations though.

May 04, 2013 04:59 AM
James Dray
Fathom Realty - Bentonville, AR
Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results

Well you are still vertical I see.  Things must be going good if this is all you could find.  So what's the big deal here anyway a little "shock" every now and then is good for us it gets the heart pumping..  :~) 

May 04, 2013 09:03 PM
Vince Chinell
VICO Home Inspection - Branson, MO

James, Good to hear from you.  The other day I had to put my best four legged friend down.  After 14 years going just about everywhere I went, except inspections, it was really hard to see him go but I also could not see him suffer any more. So my blogging time was halted.  I can see by your electrical jokes that water and electricity mix well at your house.  Just a jolt a minute keeps a little spring in your step, eh??

May 04, 2013 11:48 PM
Nick T Pappas
Assoc. Broker/Broker ABR, CRS, SFR, e-Pro, @Homes Realty Group, @HomesBirmingham & Providence Property Mgmnt, LLC Hun... - Huntsville, AL
Madison & Huntsville Alabama Real Estate Resource

Vince, I guess you have to scratch your head and wonder what were they thinking...oh, wait...they weren't thinking.

Aug 24, 2013 01:37 PM