Sometimes at first glance something appears to be professionally done. But be sure to look carefully!
The previous main valve must not have worked and has been replaced in favor of this lever valve.
It is easier to operate.
The assembly was done correctly.
The soldering is a little messy, but there are no leaks.
A new pressure-reduction valve was put just over the assembly.
On is parallel and off is perpendicular.
Right now the water is on.
And now the water is off.
Wait a minute...
Someone put that wall in the way!
How can the water be turned off?
To turn the water off the lever has to be perpendicular.
How long has it been like this anyway? That wall has been there a lot longer than the valve, so the valve was installed this way!
What if the water needs to be turned off? Who's going to move that wall?
I'm sure somebody tested it. Once anyway. I guess...
My recommendation: while a job might look professional, no true professional would leave something in place that does not work. A plumber would have tested this installation. I expect this to be another DIY job. Well, I hope. GET A HOME INSPECTOR, BEFORE YOU'RE FLOODED WITH PHONE CALLS WHEN THE WATER MAIN IN YOUR CLIENT'S NEW HOME DOESN'T TURN THE WATER OFF IN AN EMERGENCY.
Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC
Based in Bristow, serving all of Northern Virginia.
Office (703) 330-6388 Cell (703) 585-7560