The Builder Says A Washing Machine Drip Pan Doesn't Catch Leaks Anyway

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Home Inspector with Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC
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Are drip pans under washing machines, or water heaters, or HVAC mechanisms on upper floors important?

In this house, the builder says a washing machine drip pan doesn't catch leaks anyway.

If not, then why are they used everywhere else?

When I see a laundry room on an upper level, and in this house it is on the middle level, I always look to see what's underneath it.

Sometimes when there is an unfinished area underneath the builder does not put a pan under a laundry room.

Does the code require it?  No.  Nor does this county.

But what about common sense?  Or good sense?  Or best practice?

There is clearly no plan for a drip pan in this laundry room.  The drywall installation was scheduled for a couple of days hence.

And what's underneath?  The full bathroom for the basement mother-in-law suite.

You are looking at the wall that will house the sink on the left and the shower/tub on the right.

So why no drip pan?

My client asked.

Here is her email telling me what the builder said:

"He said because its a green house, no drip pan was done purposefully because the water hose would decrease the energy rating.  He was saying a drip pan wouldn't do anything if there really was a leak anyways."

Excuse me for sounding obtuse.  But, WHAT?

Well, silly, silly me!  Gee, I feel badly for even mentioning it!

I'm not sure what she means by "water hose," but still, I am wondering why any "hose" (supply or drain line) would affect any energy rating.  And why are there drip pans under so many things if they "don't do anything anyways?"

Sometimes builder practices baffle me, but sometimes builder answers BAFFLE ME TOO!

Maybe because I am so obtuse I am easy to baffle!

My recommendation:  when you see something amiss or missing in new construction, see if you can find out why.  If the answer doesn't make sense, LIKE THE ONE ABOVE, continue to pursue it!  Don't say whatever should be should be.  Instead suggest that WHAT SHOULD BE, SHOULD BE!  And a washing machine drip pan SHOULD BE BEST PRACTICE!

 

 

 

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Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC  

Based in Bristow, serving all of Northern Virginia.

Office (703) 330-6388   Cell (703) 585-7560

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Rainmaker
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Jay Markanich
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Well, Robert, nothing is 100%, but a pan is certainly better than no pan!  Around here the water heater pan is required on upper levels, and when far from the floor drain.  If far, a tube connects the pan to the drain.

September 04, 2012 03:32 PM
Rainmaker
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John Sposato, Sharon Coffini & Melanie Didier
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Sounds like the agent doesn't know what the hell they are talking about! What a joke. And THIS is exactly why a buyer needs represenation of their own agent!! I hope that you told the buyer so they can make a decision if this is okay with them. Here drip pans are required on 2nd floor laundries. 

September 05, 2012 11:13 AM
Rainmaker
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Jay Markanich
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Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC

This is new construction Arizona, so the buyers are dealing directly with the building supervisor.  I was with the buyer during our inspection, and they know very well!  About this and a bunch of other things!

September 05, 2012 11:32 AM
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Wayne B. Pruner
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Washing machines above the ground level always bother me. Make sure you have good insurance!

November 22, 2012 02:25 PM
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Jay Markanich
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Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC

And make sure it covers a leak Wayne!  Hope you had a great holiday.

November 23, 2012 03:17 AM
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