But who says new construction homes don’t need inspecting?

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Home Inspector with Charles Buell Inspections Inc.
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Take a look at the following pictures very carefully.

What I am hoping you will notice is that the handle on the hot side is in a different position in each photo. 

In the first picture the hot water is turned off and we can see the “cold water” temperature is 41.2 degrees F.

cold water temperature

In the second picture the hot water is turned on and we can see the “hot water” temperature is 41.0 degrees F.

hot water temperature 

Whoops.

It is actually a little hard to imagine how this could happen, but it is another in an endless list of reasons to get new construction inspected.

Turning on the taps for that nice relaxing bath on move-in day might leave the home owner a little “cold.”  And the call to the agent and inspector might not be too warm either. 

On this particular home I found this issue particularly interesting because water temperature at all of the other taps was 158 degrees F.

For those of you that have been living under a log---158 degrees is WAY too hot and will cause 2nd and 3rd degree burns in less than a second. 

Modern fixtures to showers and tub/shower combos are required to be regulated such that these kinds of temperatures cannot be reached—even if the water heater is set too high.  Temperature control devices for this new construction home were either missing or not adjusted properly.

But who says new construction homes don’t need inspecting?

 

Charles Buell, Real Estate Inspections in Seattle

 

 


 

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I Think houses should have a year inspection! See us Leasing Staff

January 30, 2013 09:28 PM
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Praful Thakkar
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Charles, working with my buyer and his builder - when I mentioned that we will have the home inspection after receiving the occupancy certificate, he looked at me as if I killed someone! After reading your post, I do not have second thoughts on that - and will go ahead with the home inspection!

January 30, 2013 10:23 PM
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Jay Markanich
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That tub is for the family who desires consistency - we want our hot and cold to be the same in THIS tub!

I can hardly enter the bathroom when my wife is showering, she likes it so hot.  So I expect that 158F is right up her alley.  You and I can go back under our logs.  She would be quite satisfied.

January 31, 2013 04:41 AM
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Robert Sole
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It can also be exciting to flush the toilet and see steam coming out.  Several times the hot water was connected to the toilet instead of cold.  Can give you a rush on a cold morning!

February 03, 2013 07:03 AM
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Praful, every builder knows that when the home inspector comes through it is going to cost them time and money :)

Jay, regardless of what temp the water in the tank is the human skin can not tolerate water temp above 120 for more than a few minutes.

Robert, for sure---one of the more common fopas that gets discovered on New Construction

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