The features list said, "New water main shut off and water heater."
Not bad! That's always good news, especially with an older house like this one.
The old water mains in such houses are often so stiff they do not operate. Most home inspectors will check that.
And there it is! The new valve is a lever valve, always easier to operate than the older turning handle valve.
And the bottom of the new water heater can be seen.
But I saw the problem with this new installation immediately.
My clients didn't. And the Realtor didn't either.
So I demonstrated.
The valve cannot turn off. The water heater is in the way.
When it operated properly, the old, turning valve worked because it is up and a bit to the left of the photo. The water heater was not in the way.
While the level valve is the right choice, the water heater's placement should have accommodated for its ability to move.
If there is a problem in the house that demands that the water be shut off, IT CANNOT!
Does the plumber know this? Yes. Did he think about it when he put in the water heater? No.
The water had to be shut off to install this. But the older water main was too stiff to turn so likely the water was shut off at the street by the plumber.
And he did not think it through.
STILL, HE LEFT THINGS LIKE THIS!
My recommendation: as always, just because something is new, or has been newly installed, DOES NOT MEAN a home inspector should not check it out! This lends further credence to the idea that a "peace-of-mind" check be done on contractor work, even work done by a bona fide company! And why not? That's certainly a Best Practice. What would be better in this case - a small fee paid to a home inspector or a plumbing break that causes damage throughout the house?
Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC
Based in Bristow, serving all of Northern Virginia.
Office (703) 330-6388 Cell (703) 585-7560