What is the future of garbage disposers?

While some jurisdictions are actually wrestling with the notion of banning garbage disposers altogether, and some jurisdictions already ban them for use if a septic system is involved, this post is not really about that kind of future.

This post is perhaps closer to “Back to the Future” in terms of credulity.

In general, I attempt to keep my cool during an inspection but sometimes it is just not possible and when I saw this particular “future” I could not help but laugh out loud.

It is not unusual to see buckets placed strategically under sinks.  The rings and stains inside this pan were certainly consistent with past, present and future leaks.

When I tried to remove the “future” from the pan to see if there was any water in the pan, I discovered that the future was actually holding the disposer in place–and without it, the whole thing would just collapse into the pan.

While it is not uncommon to see disposers at the end of their expected life, I am reasonably certain this one was WAY beyond its expected life and that its future will involve a dumpster.

By Charles Buell, Real Estate Inspections in Seattle

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Your kitchen sink spray-wand may be leaking even if you never use it.

A very common source of leaks under the kitchen sink is at the sprayer head.  Every time you use the sink faucet–whether you use the sprayer or not–the hose to the sprayer is “pressurized.”  In other words it is made ready for use.  Of course the sprayer head sits looking pretty in its little cradle and if there is a leak it is going to end up in the cabinet below–not in the sink.

Depending on how much storage is under the sink–and of course nobody ever has any storage under the sink–this leak might go unnoticed for considerable amounts of time.

It is a good idea to occasionally check for leaks under the sink.

At a recent inspection I had a leaking spray attachment that I only figured out was leaking when I saw the evidence in the crawl space.

Of course hidden behind all the stuff under the sink there was plenty of evidence of past/ongoing leaking of the sprayer.

By Charles Buell, Real Estate Inspections in Seattle

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Why does it sound like someone is peeing in my crawl space?

Before I can answer that question I would have to know “who” was down in the crawl space at the time?

Nobody you say?

Oh—that’s right you said “sounds” like someone was!

When I entered the crawl space I could hear the all too common ticking sound of water dripping on the plastic ground cover.  I could see it dripping off the bottom of a pipe right under the dining room area.  It was the drain from the kitchen and the laundry beyond the kitchen. 

Looking back at the crawl space entrance I could see my client peering in after me so I asked him to go and turn the kitchen sink on.

I waited a few seconds. 

Pretty soon it became quite obvious why it did indeed sound like someone was peeing in the crawl space.

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A closer view of the bottom side of the pipe revealed a rather large hole that would allow “zero” water to actually go down the drain—but instead dumped it all right in the crawl space.

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I cannot imagine what could create such a big hole in this drain pipe.

Regardless the drain needs a plumber–and right now!

By Charles Buell, Real Estate Inspections in Seattle

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