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Logic and building things.

Take a look at this nice bench seat in a large custom shower enclosure.

Glass walls inclosed in tiles
It may or may not jump right out at you but there is something seriously wrong, seriously illogical, about the installation.

The problem is the glass does not sit "on top" of the tiles; it is instead trapped in place by tiles on each side.  There is not even any caulk to prevent water that hits the glass from running behind the tile where it could find its way into the structures below.

The fact there was no hidden means of protecting underlying structures was evidenced by elevated moisture meter readings under the tiles, as well as in the drywall around the exterior.

Rebuilding this entire end of the shower enclosure will likely be necessary, and some wood decay/rot should be anticipated given the musty odors present around the area.

It just is not logical that this installation could be expected to be successful.

Charles Buell, Real Estate Inspections in Seattle

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Comment balloon 11 commentsCharles Buell • March 09 2015 03:11PM


Thanks Charles Buell! I couldn't  make that out from the photo but it is very logical!

Posted by Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS, Tacoma Washington Agent/Broker & Market Authority! (RE/MAX Northwest.) over 4 years ago

Paul, I have added a second picture to attempt to clarify the issue a little better.

Posted by Charles Buell, Seattle Home Inspector (Charles Buell Inspections Inc.) over 4 years ago

Obviously you simply can't see the ABC gum filling the gap below the glass.

100% waterproof.

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 4 years ago

Good evening Charles. Like the late Mr. Spock would say, "It is not logical."

Posted by TeamCHI - Complete Home Inspections, Inc., Home Inspectons - Nashville, TN area - 615.661.029 (Complete Home Inspections, Inc.) over 4 years ago

You're right, Charles.  It isn't logical.  Your pictures are a testament to why a home inspection is an important part of a real estate sale.  Most folks would have walked in and out of the bathroom, and likely never noticed.

Posted by Myrl Jeffcoat, Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent (GreatWest Realty) over 4 years ago

I know a lot of people who would love to have this size seat in their shower Charles, but it needs to be done right!

Posted by Tom Arstingstall, General Contractor, Dry Rot, Water Damage Sacramento, El Dorado County - (916) 765-5366, General Contractor, Dry Rot and Water Damage (Dry Rot and Water Damage Mobile - 916-765-5366) over 4 years ago

Jay, I knew I was missing something!

Michael, where is Spock when we need him?

Myrl, there is just so much to miss---I am quite sure I do not catch it all.

Tom, as soon as I walked into this bathroom I could tell by the smell there was something wrong---then it was only a matter of finding it.

Posted by Charles Buell, Seattle Home Inspector (Charles Buell Inspections Inc.) over 4 years ago

Good morning Charles. What an irony: so beautiful and so sad too. 

Posted by Sheila Anderson, The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133 (Referral Group Incorporated) over 4 years ago

Michael beat me to the punch... I was going to reference our friend, the late Mr. Spock. Looks like they installed the glass before doing the tile work? Strange...

Posted by Fred Hernden, CMI, Albuquerque area Master Inspector (Superior Home Inspections - Greater Albuquerque Area) over 4 years ago

Wow, that's not good. Hard to comprehend the thought process here.

Posted by James Quarello, Connecticut Home Inspector (JRV Home Inspection Services, LLC) over 4 years ago

Sheila, it is easy to be conned by the good looks of something

Fred, very strange indeed

Jim, I am afraid it is the old "not thinking" process :)

Posted by Charles Buell, Seattle Home Inspector (Charles Buell Inspections Inc.) over 4 years ago