Coming around the back of the house I could smell the tank before I saw there was one.
Seeing what was under the filter and connections I could tell it was leaking.
When I mentioned that to my client the Realtor said, "No way is that oil leaking. The whole thing was just serviced."
So I gave it the old paper towel test.
Fortunately it was not raining or windy!
The paper towel test is amazing, and very high tech.
But follow the steps exactly:
1. Put a paper towel under what you want to see might be leaking. This works under plumbing locations too, like sinks.
2. Wait a while.
3. Come back later and look.
We came back later! And looked!
There were leaks right where I said it looked like there were leaks - at the connection beside the filter canister and against the foundation wall.
My client was impressed at how well technology works.
I took a photo.
I mentioned it on the report.
I think the Realtor doesn't like me.
I think the paper towel test worked ... again.
The paper towel test is always a Best Practice!
My recommendation: when people try to divert your attention from something, or tell you in advance that you don't need to look at this or that, BE SURE TO LOOK! CAREFULLY! Oh, your client will like you, but the other party might not. I've been there before to know that's true.
Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC
Based in Bristow, serving all of Northern Virginia.
Office (703) 330-6388 Cell (703) 585-7560