I need support - you need support - we all need support - and on a new construction inspection - bath tubs need support too.
Support is one of those basic needs. And while inanimate, a bath tub especially needs support!
It gets heavy! Water is heavy and when people get in the tub, things can get really heavy!
Bath tubs can get really big these days. And on new construction I always look underneath to see if there is enough support.
Under one side of this tub one edge had support. This builder used a large glop of mortar to secure this tub. It's a common practice. They add more than they need, set the tub into it, squish it to form around and be supportive of the tub bottom, and let it dry.
But in this case, while one edge of one side was resting in the mortar, the remainder of the tub was not. And one end was supported only by the plumbing drain!
I was reluctant to stand in it for fear of breaking the bottom of the fiberglass tub, or the plumbing that supported it.
Laying beside the tub, in two different places, I was able to see the underside clearly. And when I told my client about the support issue, she got down on the floor with me, held the flashlight and looked all around! When we got up she was as dusty as I!
My recommendation: sometimes you have to roll around in the dust to see what's going on! And on new construction, pre-drywall, this is the only time this area would be visible. A pre-drywall inspection is essential to the building process! There can't be enough eyes on a project, and particularly experienced eyes that are looking to see!
Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC
Based in Bristow, serving all of Northern Virginia.
Office (703) 330-6388 Cell (703) 585-7560