Here's your chance to answer - is your clamp a CHAMP or a CHUMP?
Clamp you say?
Yes, clamp I say.
One of the first things I do when I enter a house is turn on the dishwasher.
It takes a while and I want to make sure it cycles completely and finishes properly.
BUT BEFORE I DO I ALSO CHECK UNDER THE KITCHEN SINK!
Because Rule #1 on a home inspection is don't break anything. Rule #2 is to pay real close attention to Rule #1. And Rule #3 is to never cause a flood.
I don't like floods.
Looking under this sink I immediately noticed the position of the connector clamp. And because of this Rule #3 kicked in, and I did not turn on to test the dishwasher. For all I know this is a booby trap, sometimes left for the unsuspecting home inspector by the "savvy" seller.
Do you see the clamp? It is circled in red.
Do you see where it should be? That spot is circled in yellow. The connection of the dishwasher drain hose to the disposal should be really tight so it does not leak!
And to help with that, the dishwasher manufacturer provides a very nice clamp.
It isn't its fault, but this clamp is a CHUMP. Well, the installer is the CHUMP really. The clamp wants to be a CHAMP. Securing that hose to the dishwasher it would be!
But there is more!
The disposal wiring is also without a clamp!
In this case it's an electrical connector clamp that is missing.
The purpose of the connector clamp is two fold -
1. It clamps onto and secures the wiring into the unit, whatever the unit is. That way it cannot be accidentally yanked out! A connector clamp is not only code, it is SMART!
2. It also fills the hole. That way an errant spark cannot escape the box. Electric sparks can be 2,500F hot! That is hot enough to ignite most things in a kitchen cabinet, including the cabinet!
And to help with that, the disposal manufacturer provides a very nice clamp.
This clamp is missing because this installer is a CHUMP too. He saw it in the box and did not think it important. Why? No reado instructionso. That's perfect Spanish.
Is this home inspector unusually wary? I don't know about the unusually part, but I know he is VERY WARY! I've seen him work. He really is!
My recommendation: don't forget clamp basics when you install a new appliance. And don't let your installer turn you into a CHUMP because you didn't think it important to follow his work! Be a CHAMP instead! Make sure your appliances are all clamped up!
Someone tell Chris Ann that her inspection made the hit parade. Thanks.
Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC
Based in Bristow, serving all of Northern Virginia.
Office (703) 330-6388 Cell (703) 585-7560