When we were building our house I checked on it now and then. Once I entered the kitchen and saw that a red slurpy had been spilled on the kitchen floor. Right in front of the sink in fact! We were going to get a vinyl there and I just knew it would not stick. I was right. To this day, 13 years later, no stick-o! It has always bothered me. This might seem like a small thing, but really it is not.
Here is what I saw on a pre-drywall inspection this week.
This is a kitchen floor too. It is going to get a vinyl covering. You can see that a sub-floor joint has already been sanded in anticipation of the vinyl floor. This location is at the end of an L shaped kitchen island.
It appears to be where workers collect to eat lunch.
And drip off.
And clean the mud off their feet.
It's wet now, but it will dry. And obviously it needs to be cleaned.
If not, do you think the vinyl will stick there?
But do you think it will stick even if it is cleaned?
Neither do I!
The supervisor knows this is going on. If I can see it, so can he. He can also see that this is not a one-time occurrence.
There should be some instruction to workers that the house is not a place to go to drip dry, and eat, and clean mud off their feet. If it's raining and people want to eat inside, that is understandable, but there is a garage where that can be done. Indoors should be off limits.
You have to think ahead.
Unfortunately, this spot can be cleaned and cleaned. Vinyl flooring mastic will not stick. Mastic is generally water based, and contains latex. This needs something to bond to. Dirt is not a good bonding surface.
My recommendation: when you are walking through an unfinished house with your clients, or if you are buying a new house and just checking in. look for where common sense is not being employed and bring it up with the supervisor. Better yet, make sure at the outset that people understand that this is someone's future home and should be treated as such. And remember the Golden Rule...
Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC
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