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Home inspection in Fairlawn, Ohio

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During a recent home inspection in Fairlawn, Ohio, we discovered a fairly common item that we see on homes that are vacant for a period of time.  When a tub in the upstairs bathroom was turned on, water was flowing directly out of the ceiling.  

On the surface, this looked like a total disaster. In reality, it is a pretty simple fix, especially with the access hole that is already present in the garage ceiling.  What likely caused this leak is a crack in the bottom of the trap.  When homes sit vacant, water left in pipes can freeze.  The trap is present to create a water seal in the plumbing to prevent sewer gas from flowing out of the drain.  When the water in the trap freezes, it expands.  In this case, it expanded and split the trap open, causing what appears as a very large leak in the drain.  

On an inspection, it is important that the inspector runs the tubs/shower to identify issues like this.  What is probably more important is that the inspector has the knowledge to properly identify what is causing the issue so that the buyer can make an informed decision.  

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Comments (10)

Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
Fathom Realty Washington LLC - Tacoma, WA
South Puget Sound Washington Agent/Broker!

Home inspectors see the best of the best and the worst of the worst daily. Welcome to ActiveRain Kurt Hoes and I look forward to reading more of your adventures in the future. I encourage you to keep on blogging

May 04, 2017 01:01 PM
George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

Kurt welcome to ActiveRain and congratulations on posting your first blog on this site.

May 04, 2017 04:50 PM
Mel Ahrens, MBA, Kelly Right Real Estate
Kelly Right Real Estate - Hood River, OR
Customized Choices for your Real Estate Needs

Welcome to Active Rain.  Water pouring out of the ceiling sure gets attention. Nice it is an easy fix.


May 05, 2017 12:23 AM
Kat Palmiotti
eXp Commercial, Referral Divison - Kalispell, MT
Helping your Montana dreams take root

Welcome to ActiveRain! Water pouring from the ceiling can definitely be concerning - good thing in this case there was an easy fix!

May 05, 2017 02:49 AM
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Welcome to the Rain were we all help each other and learn from each other.  Make it a great day!


May 05, 2017 06:40 AM
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, KW Diversified - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

I like that you take the time to investigate and explain that this is a simple fix, others would likely blow the deal by making this sound drastic.




May 05, 2017 07:05 PM
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, KW Diversified - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

Welcome to Active Rain, looking forward to reading many more of your posts, let me know if there is anything that I can do to help as you get started here.
All the best of success to you.

May 05, 2017 07:06 PM
Sybil Campbell
Fernandina Beach, FL
Referral Agent Amelia Island Florida

Good morning Kurt Hoes, Welcome to Active Rain and congrats on your frst blog post.  This is a great place to meet some awesome professionals.

May 06, 2017 06:45 AM
Spectora Inc
Spectora Home Inspection Software - Denver, CO
Modern Home Inspection Software

Great insight Kurt. Thanks for taking the time to explain the remedy!

May 07, 2017 04:58 PM
Praful Thakkar
LAER Realty Partners - Burlington, MA
Metro Boston Homes For Sale

Welcome to ActiveRain Kurt Hoes.

This is The Best place to learn, share and build relationships with like-minded professionals.

May 08, 2017 10:32 PM