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I'm feeling in the pink!

     For new construction one would think that the seller/builder would want to be showing off his work in the best possible light.  Unfortunately if they were off skiing in New Zealand, instead of keeping track of the work being done, you end up with the inspector, the agent, and their buyer at the new condo with conditions like this nice kitchen sink.

pink sink 

      The odd thing is that there was absolutely nothing in the unit even remotely close to this color.  When I filled the sink and it wouldn't drain I realized that it had backed up into this sink from the neighboring unit that did have pink walls. 

     Whoops----time for Roto-Rooter!

Charles Buell

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Comment balloon 17 commentsCharles Buell • September 13 2008 11:41PM


Charles, another fine example in your day where you probably say, "I LOVE THIS JOB!!!"

Posted by Gary Woltal, Assoc. Broker Realtor SFR Dallas Ft. Worth (Keller Williams Realty) almost 11 years ago

Gosh, it sorta looks like that sink backed up several time based on the multiple sink grime rings. 


Posted by Klee B. Patel almost 11 years ago

Hi Charles, that was an excellent call on the pink sink. Of course the rings around the edge of the sink is always a good indicator of a clogged sink, but the adjoining unit. WOW!!!





Posted by Roy A. Peterson, P.R.E.I. (Domicile Analysis of Texas) almost 11 years ago

Charles - Haven't you heard?  Pink stainless steel is the latest fashion trend from France.  All the cool people are getting it.

Posted by Erik Hitzelberger, Louisville - Middletown Real Estate (RE/MAX Alliance - Louisville REALTOR-Luxury Homes) almost 11 years ago

It looks like some one put pepto bismo in the sink instead of their mouth :)

Posted by Mary Warren almost 11 years ago

There you go, making trouble again. You could have cleaned it all up and unplugged the sink.

Posted by Steven L. Smith, Bellingham WA Home Inspector (King of the House Home Inspection, Inc.) almost 11 years ago

Charles, I wouldn't find this pink very soothing if I was representing the buyer in this inspection... 

Posted by Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS, Tacoma Washington Agent/Broker & Market Authority! (RE/MAX Northwest.) almost 11 years ago

Charles, Looks as if the sink has been drinking pepto... Maybe, it had a bad case of heart burn from being fed too many jalapenoes and needed some relief...

Posted by TeamCHI - Complete Home Inspections, Inc., Home Inspectons - Nashville, TN area - 615.661.029 (Complete Home Inspections, Inc.) almost 11 years ago

Charles, very amazing that you were able to find the source from the neighboring unit. Did you also have access to that unit?

We may have to start calling you "Inspector Clouseau". The pink panther would be impressed too (his favorite color).

Posted by Kevin Corsa, H.I.S. Home Inspections, Stark & Summit County, OH Home Inspector (H.I.S. Home Inspections (Summit, Stark Counties)) almost 11 years ago

My nearest neighbor is 1/4 mile north, I am on my own system.  Do I need to worry when the neighbor paints his house?  cheryl(it's too early for witty comments)willis


Posted by Cheryl Willis, MO Broker - Mt Vernon, Monett, Aurora, Barry & Law (RE/MAX Solutions- OZARK MISSOURI) almost 11 years ago

Rut Roh ...... That ain't good. I wonder what some knucklehead put down the drains to clog them?

Sean Allen

Posted by Sean Allen, International Financing Solutions (International Financing Solutions ) almost 11 years ago

Since the walls in the other unit is pink, how in the world did the paint get into the drain?

Posted by Janice MacMillan, Associate Broker (ERA Joyner Realty) almost 11 years ago

Gary, I DO love this job----some things just make me chuckle.

Klee, most likely:)

Roy, this was one of the middle units of a 6 unit building.

Erik, I hadn't heard that:)

Mary, that would have been quite the stomach ache:)

Steve, toooo truuuuu

Paul, my buyer took it in pretty good humor considering----there really wasn't too much else very exciting going on with the unit.

Michael, could be

Kevin, while I didn't "officially" have access to the other unit I could see in both ends of the unit because the doors were open and it was being worked on.  The kitchens backed up to each other and I could see where the drains were tied together in the crawl space.

Cheryl, if you and your distant neighbors are both on septic systems and your neighbors clean something "pink" in the sink and it backs up into your sink you might want to consider moving:)

Sean, 99% sure it was paint.

Jan Marie,  my guess is that the drain for the two kitchen sinks were plugged somewhere before they joined the main building drain.  If you filled up either sink it would back up into the other one.

Posted by Charles Buell, Seattle Home Inspector (Charles Buell Inspections Inc.) almost 11 years ago

Looks like my sink the last time I found a bottle of expired Pepto Bismol.

Posted by Not a real person almost 11 years ago

Wow, what a way to go through a final inspection. Iwonder how your buyer took it. I hope you managed to save the deal and made the sellers take care of the problem.

Posted by Freddy A. Saavedra (Essential Properties) almost 11 years ago

I was wondering what that was in the sink.   I didn't know that your neighbors stuff could back up into your sink.   Weird.

Posted by Kara Casamassina, Boomers and beyond (International Property Management Group, LLC) almost 11 years ago

Russel, you don't ever need Pepto Bismol do you?

Freddy, the buyer was fine----not to hard to sell an expectaction of something like this getting fixed:)

Kara, depends on the drainage system design-----but yes, it can happen.

Posted by Charles Buell, Seattle Home Inspector (Charles Buell Inspections Inc.) almost 11 years ago