"Completely Remodeled - Must See Inside!!"
- and the first thing I find is crawl space water, trapped more ways than one.
This is a remodeled older house, and advertised all over with signs.
The clients had not arrived yet, so I was making a little whoopi around the house. Discovering a crawl space I grabbed my light and went in!
There was standing water and mud everywhere, and it was very low, 12"-30", so getting around was going to be on my belly.
Not doing that - who knows what is in that water! This is the beginning of the day and I am not going to be covered in sewage-laden typhoid, cholera or diphtheria for the rest of the day!
This photo is also an example of the fine HVAC I found in place.
The house boasts a "New HVAC System!" Well, the unit is 9 years old, the old duct work in the crawl space is not insulated, has holes and disconnections, and is not supported well. For all I know this is a part of the source of the water!
The "New Kitchen!" is plumbed interestingly, leaks terribly and part of the source for the crawl space water. There is too much for photographs! It would be a very fun gee-what-do-we-do-now-?-half-hour TV shows! With me as the sarcastic tour guide!
But the really fun installation was the "New Laundry Room!!". It was a coat closet converted into a laundry space with a stack-able unit, but NOT a room.
From the washing machine drain entrance to the bottom of the trap is over 6'.
And is the new square trap design the new wave in plumbing trap thinking? We are waiting breathlessly for the answer to that one!
And see where the drain line begins in the left photo? The right photo shows that it continues at an incline for it's 20' of run to connected to the aforementioned "interesting" plumbing under the "New Kitchen!" I'm going to guess that there is a LOOOOT of water trapped in that "trap" and drain system in the crawl space! And here's another example of the wondrous "New HVAC System!"
The insulation under the floor is classic all over too!
My recommendation: I am finding a lot of "remodeled" houses on the market. I am finding a lot of horrible "remodeling" on the market. I am finding a lot of unprofessional work in houses on the market. And for sure, I don't know if this was done by a "professional" (cough) or homeowner, but it doesn't matter. My client will inherit this upon purchase! But I observe and report. I don't decide for the client!
Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC
Based in Bristow, serving all of Northern Virginia.
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