What's Yer Gripe? It Works...

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Home Inspector with Complete Home Inspections, Inc.

What's Yer Gripe? It Works...
Home inspectors can be picky so and so's. Like certain parts of the anatomy, Flippers...sometimes we raise a stink, but we do serve a purpose.
     Having been in the home inspection industry as long as I have, I think I have seen just about everything - or at least new adaptations of the same 'ol same 'ol. That is, until I came across this ingenious plumbing issue in a flipper. What makes this plumbing issue not so common are the following:
    1.    The nipple just below and above the plumbing stop under the sink is black iron which is not designed for potable water. This material is commonly used for gas lines. The proper material would be galvanized steel.
    2.    The coupling used to join the two sections of pipe is a compression type coupling. While these may be okay for pipes under the house or buried in the yard, these can leak. And, being in the cabinet under the sink, a leak here has the potential to do a lot of hidden damage.
    3.    Although this handy man repair is functional, it does not comply with acceptable trade practices and will need to be reviewed by a professional in the appropriate trade.
     Flippers, ya gotta love 'em. Well, at least I do. They keep me employed...

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Rainer
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Michael L. Brownstead
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Michael, thanks for the great info on inspections, I will be sure to pass on the info.

August 29, 2011 07:12 AM
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Chris Smith
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Michael, just another reason any buyer should have their home inspected by a knowledgeable home inspector.

August 29, 2011 01:10 PM
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Beverly Femia
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Terrifying!!!

August 29, 2011 10:29 PM
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Tony Hager
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I have to agree with #47, it really would not have cost that much more to do it right the first time.

August 31, 2011 04:17 PM
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Mike Grumbles
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Michael,

 

Great point and a perfect reason to have a hoem inspection for each of our clients before the deal closes and also a great reason to have a home inspected when it is going to be listed for sale.  No need to showcase how bad the home repair may have been handled over the period of curretn ownership. 

Thanks for the information.

 

September 05, 2011 02:02 PM
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