On a pre-drywall inspection I noticed this plumbing clean out location - is this thinking ahead?
This is a two-level townhouse and you are looking at the lower level full bathroom. It abuts the garage.
This will be the sink and the sink cabinet.
Here is what I pointed out.
The garage will have the thicker, fire-rated drywall and insulation will go here.
There will be drywall on the bathroom wall, and a cabinet placed for the sink.
This clean-out port needs to be accessible such that the cap can be unscrewed and a snake put in there by a plumber if necessary.
The arrangement of everything makes this clean-out location very difficult at best. The hole exposing this port will have to be large and the insulation will have to be disrupted when this accommodating hole is created. This larger, and probably uninsulated hole, will be exposed and inefficient.
Fortunately the likelihood that it will ever be needed is minimal, but still, Murphy has a way of showing up at the most inconvenient times and in the most inconvenient locations!
My recommendation: pre-drywall inspections are essential. They are certainly a buyer Best Practice. There were a number of things on this inspection that I brought to the attention of my client. And listening to the supervisor's "explanation" and "verbal dance" was eye opening. Now I know why most builders do not want the home inspector present along with the supervisor on a walk through! And I don't have farmyard boots tall enough to get me through the manure anyway, so it's probably best that I don't listen to that stuff again! I was shocked...
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