One thing home inspectors don't do during a home inspection is take a shower, which would have the advantage of seeing what happens as during a shower water sprays everywhere.
One thing I do during an inspection is direct shower spray to as many places - corners and shower stall seams - as I can.
In this case that wasn't possible.
There is evidence of previous leaking from shower spray!
But this staining on the floor is behind the direction of the shower spray. You can see that I was able to splash a little water there. But not enough, or hard enough, or long enough to see if there is real leaking during a long shower.
So how can I know if this is presently happening or happening as much as it may have been?
I can't really, not definitively.
All I can do is say - there is new caulking, there is staining on the floor, there is a smooshy sub floor, etc.
Is this a current problem?
Virginia is a non-disclosure state, so the sellers do not have to say!
My recommendation: sometimes a home inspection can only report on what is visible at the time, and avoid speculation as to whether this or that sign is actively happening. Speculation is not a very accurate form of inspection. But, and this is a big BUT, sometimes things seen and suspected are ongoing!
Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC
Based in Bristow, serving all of Northern Virginia.
Office (703) 330-6388 Cell (703) 585-7560