On a typical home inspection, it is unusual for the inspector to be privy to “how” a tub was installed.
Sometimes however, homes are sold with remodeling projects that have been started and we might get that opportunity.
(Of course, ANY home inspector better know this installation is wrong even if it was finished.)
In the following picture you can see that the walls around the tub consist of the backer-board for the tile that has yet to be installed. While it would not be obvious to the typical viewer, there is a glaring issue with this installation, that would not be obvious if the tile were installed—but had better not get missed by the inspector.
This tub was never designed to be installed in conjunction with a shower. If it had been, there would be no raised lip above the flat surfaces around the outside of the tub and there would have been a tile lip on those flat surfaces that went up behind the wall tile.
When finished, this installation will will result in water finding its way into the wall as well as onto the floor.
We all know what happens then.
As with any home project it is a good idea to put ones thinking cap on prior to starting the project.
By Charles Buell, Real Estate Inspections in Seattle
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