Sometimes in new construction we see things that are properly done, but still might have a problem down the road.
This is the service to a rear hose bib. It passes through a brick wall, which extends to the top of the joists in this photo.
My problem is this: the hose bib is one of the "frost-free valve" bibs. So the builder has provided no interior shut-off valve.
I don't entirely trust those valves. But that is a story for another post.
My problem with this installation is that if, one day, the buyer has to get to the interior plumbing for this valve, this configuration will make that very difficult.
Often a little trap door is provided to gain convenient access to the indoor shut-off valve. But in this case, being frost free and located in the ceiling of an attractive basement room, no trap door will be present. So I thought I'd take a picture of it for my clients, just in case.
My recommendation: Will this hose bib freeze in the future? We don't know. And because of that, sometimes you gotta think ahead! If there is a problem, my clients now have a photo.
Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC
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