When water doesn't go DOWN the drain.
Why not? What's it doing instead?
In this case we could see where a lot of it was going.
This is the newly-finished "bathroom" in the same newly-"finished" basement in yesterday's post.
Running the water for a while in the shower stall (which looked really nice) it was not very long before it started leaking out from under the shower pan.
Is the drain hole not connected to the drain tubing?
The leaking began in two places, and the water started expanding toward the ceramic tile lip in the lower left of the photo.
The leaking from the two arrows on the top center was immediate.
The leaking at the arrow at the lower left did not happen until a little while later.
So, if the water was not going down the drain, two questions remain:
1. Why was it not going down the drain? and
2. Where was it going?
An ejector pump behind the wall on the upper right did not seem to be filling.
When I did the thermal image sweep through the house later in the inspection, Mighty Mo discovered that leaking was happening from more than the two arrows at the edge of the shower pan.
The leaking continued through the glass block wall at the end of the shower pan, and from under the ceramic tile lip separating the shower stall from the rest of the bathroom.
Bummer. The whole bathroom, all ornamented and bedecked with fine-looking everything, was a mess. Can I say bummer again?
Yes, yes I can.
My recommendation: when new work is not done by a professional it is not professionally done! Is that redundant or a good rule of thumb? For sure, given the number of things improperly finished in this "finished" basement, no permit was pulled to do the work. If what we can see is improperly done, what we can't see is a grave concern. And what can't be seen is inherited by the buyer! Along with all its fine glory and headaches that will follow.
Beware the pig with lipstick!
Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC
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