Before my client arrived, I was looking around, and wanting to show him where the water main was, the hose bib shut-off valves, and where the hose bib service tubing exited the house I thought, "Good think the hose bib had been winterized!"
I was not surprised to see the valve turned off.
It should be this time of year.
But the house was vacant and had been, without any winterization done elsewhere.
So looking up to see where the pipe exits the house I saw this.
That's a complete separation of the tubing at the joint!
And it had been like that for some time.
It had popped off right where the arrow indicates.
Next spring, when going to turn on the valves to have the hose outside, this would have been a gusher and a plumber would have to be called!
Look at the bottom of the tubing at the top of the photo and you can see that this connection was never really well done! There is hardly any solder at that joint. Compare the lack of solder there with the joint at the bottom of the photo.
It's best to find out now if there are plumbing problems!
It was kind of tucked away. You had to be looking over the framing and toward the outside wall! This home inspector was looking!
My recommendation: even when houses seem to be in great shape it's best to have a home inspection. We are very thorough fellows, or try to be! When we walk into a service/furnace room I assure you, there are a thousand things going through our minds. And we try to look at them all!
Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC
Based in Bristow, serving all of Northern Virginia.
Office (703) 330-6388 Cell (703) 585-7560