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

 

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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Comment balloon 26 commentsCharles Buell • January 30 2013 06:13AM
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