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The plumbing involves the sink, faucet, disposal, and trap assembly. The first task I perform is
check to see if there is a drain/trap assembly present. You would definitely be surprised how
many times there is no disposal or trap assembly present, and surprisingly, instead you observe a
bucket. Be sure the drain piping is not "double trapped" because this will result in slow drainage
as well as probable clogs. Install the stopper(s) in to the sink(s) and fill with about 3-4 inches of
water. Start with the hot water because it may take a while to make it from the water heater to the
kitchen. Once hot water arrives (left side faucet position) turn the water to cold to finish filling the
sink(s). Ensure to observe any water emerging from the faucet handle itself, which needs to be
As soon as the sink is sufficiently filled, pull the stopper(s), leave the water running on the side
having the disposal, switch the disposal on and search for leaks underneath the sink, at the
disposal, and trap assembly.
While the sink is filling, check to see if the dishwasher discharge hose is properly routed to the
disposal or trap assembly. The discharge hose should be arched/looped from the dishwasher
right up to the underside of the counter top, then to the trap assembly or disposal. The alternative
is to have an "air-gap" installed through the sink. It is the 2-inch tall shiny chrome thing having the
slot inside it beside the faucet. The role of both the "loop" and the "air-gap" is to stop the contents
of the sink/disposal from draining in to the dishwasher, potentially producing a cross-connection.
Be sure to comment accordingly. A leak is liquid water going somewhere it will damage
something, such as the cabinets or drywall. Dripping is water falling into the sink itself, not
damaging anything, simply wasting water. The reason for the difference is that 1 is a maintenance
matter the other is an essential repair to prevent even more damage. Also, a "dry stain" is old and
a "wet stain" is current. Use your moisture meter in order to determine just what kind of stain you
Whenever inspecting whirlpool tubs you should always find out specifically where the jets are
pointing. A couple of years ago I was hired to do an inspection in a newly constructed house. The
home was never lived in but was staged with the use of quite nice home furnishings. The
inspection was going nicely, until it came time to inspect the master bathroom. The bathroom had
a shower along with a separate whirlpool tub which featured 10 jets. As I began my bathroom
inspection I turned the bathtub faucet on in order to fill it and examine the jets to verify they did
work. Now testing the jets in a whirlpool tub are not mandated per the majority of standards of
So I followed my typical inspection routine. Started up the faucet at the sink, looked for leaks.
Evaluated the GFCI receptacle, confirmed that there was a heat source and so forth. Well I
figured the water was high enough in the tub to turn on the jets. Therefore I turned the water off
and then pointed out to my customer "here is your control to activate your jets" and proceeded to
hit the button. Well all the jets were facing up and also the water level wasn't totally above the
jets. The pressure from the jets shot a stream of water out approximately 5 ft. Needless to say my
client happened to be in the path of the water stream. She was drenched from head to toe.
Naturally my 1st reaction was certainly to grab a towel from the rack. Like I mentioned in the
beginning the house was staged. So I lunged to get the nearest towel. While I was about to get
the towel I noticed the little guy on a horse playing polo. I thought oh no it's a Ralph Lauren towel
that is likely $80.
So instead of having to possibly pay for a towel I jerked back and nabbed the roll of toilet paper
and handed it to her and said "here you go, I am sorry". The real estate agent was giggling so
hard that she had to leave the home. So the moral of the story is if you test whirlpool jets make
sure they are certainly pointing downward and also regularly carry a towel inside your bag.
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