This is a test. This is only a test on New Construction plumbing - a thud inside the wall, then this!
It was the last of 6 bathrooms. When the tub handle was turned on only a trickle of water came out. Then the sink was turned on with a similar trickle. Turning off the sink faucet first, then the tub handle second a loud thud was heard inside the wall. The agent on the middle level heard the thud as well.
Then the scream, "Turn the water off, there's a leak!"
Well, the water was off. But I heard spraying inside the wall. Running to the basement I turned off the water main for the house. By that time the water had been spraying inside the wall for 30 or 45 seconds.
Moments later this was the result in the main level hallway, immediately below that bathroom. Dripping can be seen in the doorway.
Light fixtures in the ceiling of the bathroom and hallway in the basement below the photo above also started dripping, one conveniently into the bath tub, and the other onto the carpeting in the hall. The buyers had not yet even come to the property. This was a disaster in the making.
Waiting a while Mighty Mo got some images of the ceiling and walls.
And this shot from the other side of the hallway above. Water everywhere.
We'll have to wait to see how this unfolds. Obviously water got into the drywall in the ceilings and walls, into the framing, and the engineered hardwood flooring and OSB subfloor.
Mopping things up as quickly as possible it is still unknown how much water was absorbed by the plys of the hardwood flooring. If too much was, in time the flooring will swell, cup or warp.
Interestingly, the couple had debated on whether or not to have a home inspection. The wife wanted it and won out in the end. They were to close in two days. Can you imagine moving into the house, using that bathroom for the first time, and having this happen? Do you think anyone in the family (here in the United States only about a month) would know what to do and turn off the water main? My turning that off so quickly saved hundreds of gallons of water from cascading through the house and doing severe damage, which is what would have happened had they moved in without this home inspection.
My recommendation: this house had a few issues outside, but this was the main thing indoors. And a big main thing it was! In time this will be corrected and they can move on. But it's a good thing they relented and decided to have the home inspection.
Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC
Based in Bristow, serving all of Northern Virginia.
Office (703) 330-6388 Cell (703) 585-7560