On the "features" list of the house it said: Laundry room conveniently moved from the garage.
And it was true. It had been moved.
Sure, it took up a portion of the basement family room.
And had a second fridge added to the room.
But never mind, the rest of the basement family room had been turned into a "convenient" basement bedroom!
It was comical, to say the least.
It was very unappealing.
It was silly because it looked silly.
It was right off the entry way, with a 6' wide opening without a door!
It was neither a laundry room or a bedroom.
I am surprised sometimes at what people consider to be "features" of a house, and that a Realtor would tout such.
Let me just show you a couple of things about this "laundry room." Think about the word DANGEROUS as you read this. Certainly no County permit saw the light of day.
The photo on the left shows the drain arrangement for the washing machine.
It features the MYTHICAL TRAP!
This is the famous, yet seldom seen, sideways trap, romanticized by Homer in The Odyssey, mythically said to have worked well in Atlantis, and reported often by alien abductees as technology we should mimic.
HAVING SEEN ONE IN PERSON, NOW I KNOW THEY EXIST! I am very happy to be able to share it with you.
That little brown thing sticking out of the wall near the trap is a live electric cable which, at least, is made safe with two wire nuts.
The drain feeds right into the overflow tubing behind the NEW(!) bath tub which was added to a former powder room. The bath tub did not need a trap because, as you see, the MYTHICAL TRAP! is already installed. You will notice the well-placed air vent so there can be no danger of overflow.
The hot and cold valves come directly out of the wall and were plumbed such that not even I, which I am embarrassed to say, could tell where they came from! Well, that is some fine plumbing there! Artfully designed!
I CAN TELL YOU THAT WE DID NOT EVEN HAVE TO RUN THE WASHING MACHINE TO KNOW THAT THIS DRAIN IS TIED INTO THE MAIN DRAIN OF THE HOUSE!
Looking to the other photo, that is the receptacle for the dryer! It carries 220 volts. It is buried inside of drywall joint compound. There is no box which contains the wiring, nor cover to protect from sparks, but I am certain the wiring is properly done and encased in that joint compound. NO PROBLEMS THERE!
My recommendation: obviously this post is sarcastic and making fun. These are dangerous installations! To tout them as features is silly. A seller might think this is something somebody else would want to buy, but any seasoned Realtor should recognize it for what it is (infantile and dangerous) and suggest a remedy before the house goes on the market.
Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC
Based in Bristow, serving all of Northern Virginia.
Office (703) 330-6388 Cell (703) 585-7560