Contacting the head plumbing inspector for the City of Seattle, he concurred with my assessment–and I was able to rest my case. Good thing the referee has a referee in this case.
Another good reason for not using these connectors is that they can easily be pushed into a position that might result in water being trapped against the valve. This could lead to failure of the valve due to corrosion.
Who are the buyer and seller to “believe” when a conflict of opinions like this comes up in the inspection report? Who is the more “credible” authority regarding plumbing issues? Is it the “generalist” Licensed Home Inspector or the “expert” Licensed Plumber?
I have no clue what the answer is (actually I do), but I do know that if the water heater finds its way through the roof of the house, and someone is seriously injured, all parties E&O will likely be called upon.
Even though, as in this case, the plumber was “wrong”—-I know that next time it might just be me that is wrong. The willingness to be wrong is important for all of us to embrace—because it will happen. This is what referees are for.
By Charles Buell, Real Estate Inspections in Seattle
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