The cabinet under the kitchen sink is often a very nasty looking place.
There are so many opportunities for leaks, given the drains and water supplies and associated plumbing for dishwashers and disposals. Everything but the kitchen sink gets stuffed under there. There are the years of coffee grounds that didn’t quite make the waste basket or the moldy drywall from past/present leaking, or the old fish wrapper stuck to the bottom of the sink.
Dish soap, other household cleaners and kitty litter are routinely spilled under there. All of these conditions make the space difficult and unpleasant to inspect.
One time on an inspection I found where someone decided to alleviate the problem by installing a sprayer under the sink to hose out the area.
Of course that is not the “real” reason the sprayer was there.
It was merely an immediate solution to a problem. Some sinks have holes for the faucet pre-cut in them—-with sometimes one additional hole for the sprayer, and sometimes a second hole for the Dishwasher Air Gap Device. This sink had only one extra hole which was being used for the Air Gap Device—-leaving no place to install the sprayer. So until the installer could get the sink drilled for the sprayer it had to be installed on the faucet under the sink so that the faucet could be used. So the sprayer was simply used to cap off the connection point until a more appropriate installation could be done.
I still do see sink cabinets I would like to take a fire hose to though!
Charles Buell, Seattle Home Inspector
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