Water will flow uphill. Common sense missing.

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Home Inspector with Desert Sun Home, commercial Inspections 10072923

Water will flow uphill. Common sense missing.

As inspectors inspect homes. We find issues that are not quite right. In many cases we are dumbfounded by what we find to the point we want to stare at the issue in disbelief.

This was the case at a home inspection last month in Roswell New Mexico.

When it comes down to electrical and plumbing issues. No buyer or even seller wants you to find anything of significant size. I was being shadowed by the buyer during the home inspection. That was O.K. by me. I could tell them more about my services and try to get some referral business my way.

We get to the kitchen and I take a look at the sinks plumbing. Then I take another look. Then I take a very long look. Flash, flash goes the camera as I try to get the best angle an view to install in the report.

Take a look at this I told the buyer.The buyer kneels down to one knee and looks into the abyss of plumbing under the sink."O.K. what am I looking at other than the sinks plumbing".

See the "P trap"? "Now look at the drain drop".

"See what I see"?

The drain drop was installed way too high.

Drain drop too high.

This drain drop was for inches above the top of the exit of the "P trap". This means water will run uphill is enough water is ran into the drain and it has no where to go but uphill. The P trap and line in this situation will remain full of water all the time.

My guess is that when the kitchen was remodeled they did not lower the drain drop to fit the needs of the new kitchen sink.

Plus I was not a fan of the way they did the hack job on cutting out for the plumbing. They destroyed the shelf.

Shelve cut out poorly.When inspecting homes or even when remodeling a home. Make sure the work that was completed was correct. If not there are cases when water will run uphill.

 

 

This is why you always get a "Full Home Inspection" by a certified inspector. For the peace of mind.

Call Clint at 1-575-706-5586

Have a great day every one.

 

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Clint  McKie

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Comments (30)

Adrian Willanger
206 909-7536 AdrianWillanger-broker.com - Seattle, WA
Profit from my two decades of experience

Clint, good thing the buyer hired you to do their inspection. I'm sure the buyer and seller will come to a solution to have this fixed properly.

 

Best-Adrian

Mar 06, 2014 04:12 AM
Conrad Allen
Re/Max Professional Associates - Webster, MA
Webster, Ma, Realtor

Hi Clint.  I am baffled why the buyers don't want you to do a thorough inspection.

Mar 06, 2014 06:01 AM
Anita Clark
Coldwell Banker Access Realty ~ 478.960.8055 - Warner Robins, GA
Realtor - Homes for Sale in Warner Robins GA

Another quality home inspection performed by Desert Sun Home Inspections. When you want a thorough review, Clint Mckie is your man!

Mar 06, 2014 06:21 AM
Toni Weidman
Sailwinds Realty - Trinity, FL
20+ Years Selling Homes in New Port Richey, FL

That's an interesting concept, Clint.  Good thing you took a look see. I know you always find these issues.

Mar 06, 2014 06:37 AM
Jeff Jensen
The Federal Savings Bank/Lending in 50 states - Greenwich, CT

Good post.  In just a few words you showed why you are invaluable to buyers.

Mar 06, 2014 06:39 AM
Jay Markanich
Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC - Bristow, VA
Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia

That plastic accordion "drain" line is trash.  That must be a continual mess in there with bacteria and smell.

Mar 06, 2014 07:33 AM
Clint Mckie
Desert Sun Home, commercial Inspections - Carlsbad, NM
Desert Sun Home, Comm. Inspection 1-575-706-5586

Hi Roy,

Always a good thing to have a home inspection. This helps everyone. Even the seller.

Have a nice day in Gaithersburg.

Best, Clint McKie

Mar 06, 2014 06:29 PM
James Dray
Fathom Realty - Bentonville, AR
Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results

Interesting Clint.  thank goodness there are no signs of duct tape or super glue so we know it's not Uncle Bob

Mar 06, 2014 06:33 PM
Clint Mckie
Desert Sun Home, commercial Inspections - Carlsbad, NM
Desert Sun Home, Comm. Inspection 1-575-706-5586

Hi Donald,

Oh yes the flex pipe. This is one of the first things that is recommended when talking to the "Plumbing expert" at the local hardware store. Sad.

Have a TGIF day on the West Coast.

Best, Clint McKie

Mar 06, 2014 06:34 PM
Clint Mckie
Desert Sun Home, commercial Inspections - Carlsbad, NM
Desert Sun Home, Comm. Inspection 1-575-706-5586

Hi Tom,

As long as th water flows down and there is no leaks. Plumbing done. But what it done correctly?

Have a nice Friday in Placerville.

Best, Clint McKie

Mar 06, 2014 06:37 PM
Clint Mckie
Desert Sun Home, commercial Inspections - Carlsbad, NM
Desert Sun Home, Comm. Inspection 1-575-706-5586

Hi Jeffery,

This was a middle aged owner, Looking to flip a quick dollar In my opinion.  But if any of your aunts want to sell or buy a home. Have them call me for a complete home inspection.

Have a good day in Las Cruces.

Best, Clint McKie

Mar 06, 2014 06:40 PM
Clint Mckie
Desert Sun Home, commercial Inspections - Carlsbad, NM
Desert Sun Home, Comm. Inspection 1-575-706-5586

Hello Adrian,

In most cases the seller just say's they are going to allow so many dollars for the repairs and they don't have to worry about calling anyone. Makes sense if your the sellers.

Have a very good day in Seattle my friend.

Best, Clint McKie

Mar 06, 2014 06:43 PM
Clint Mckie
Desert Sun Home, commercial Inspections - Carlsbad, NM
Desert Sun Home, Comm. Inspection 1-575-706-5586

Hi Conrad,

Maybe they do. They just don't realize it. LOL.

Have a good day in Webster my friend.

Best, Clint McKie

Mar 06, 2014 06:45 PM
Clint Mckie
Desert Sun Home, commercial Inspections - Carlsbad, NM
Desert Sun Home, Comm. Inspection 1-575-706-5586

Hi Anita,

Thanks for the shout out. Just stating it like you see it. I try my best.

Have a wonderful Friday in Warner Robins.

Best, Clint McKie

Mar 06, 2014 06:52 PM
Clint Mckie
Desert Sun Home, commercial Inspections - Carlsbad, NM
Desert Sun Home, Comm. Inspection 1-575-706-5586

Hi Toni,

Interesting yes, right no. There needs to be a little TLC with this line. Now they need to get down and get the line repaired.

Have a nice day in Trinity.

Best, Clint McKie

Mar 06, 2014 06:54 PM
Clint Mckie
Desert Sun Home, commercial Inspections - Carlsbad, NM
Desert Sun Home, Comm. Inspection 1-575-706-5586

Hi Jeff,

There are a lot of "DIY" people out there that think they know exactly the right way to do things. This is why you hire a pro to do things.

Have a nice day and thanks for the comment.

Best, Clint McKie

Mar 06, 2014 06:57 PM
Clint Mckie
Desert Sun Home, commercial Inspections - Carlsbad, NM
Desert Sun Home, Comm. Inspection 1-575-706-5586

Hi Jay,

This is the easiest way for the do it your selfer to get done. No matter if they think it will not be correct for the long haul.

Have a nice day in Bristow my friend.

Best, Clint McKie

Mar 06, 2014 07:00 PM
Clint Mckie
Desert Sun Home, commercial Inspections - Carlsbad, NM
Desert Sun Home, Comm. Inspection 1-575-706-5586

Hi James,

He was there believe me. He must have run out of that stuff and had to use actual parts. Wrong parts but actual parts.

Have a very good Friday in the Rogers area.

Best, Clint McKie

Mar 06, 2014 07:01 PM
William Johnson
Retired - La Jolla, CA
Retired Real Estate Professional

Hi Clint, Sadly this looks homemade and that will usually led to problems. If I were the Buyer I would want more than a fix of the plumbing, I would want a new interior to the cabinet since it will likely need to be torn out and replaced. 

Mar 06, 2014 09:31 PM
Clint Mckie
Desert Sun Home, commercial Inspections - Carlsbad, NM
Desert Sun Home, Comm. Inspection 1-575-706-5586

Hi William,

The rear side of the cabinet will need to be removed to access the drain drop. There is a lot of work to get done. The home owner should be prepared to spend a few bucks to get this done the correct way.

Have a great day in San Diego.

Best, Clint McKie

Mar 06, 2014 09:35 PM