Joplin, MO Real Estate Professional : Inspection Picture of the Day - No Trap, Rust and lots of ..... Stuff - Home Inspection in Austin, Texas

Inspection Picture of the Day - No Trap, Rust and lots of ..... Stuff - Home Inspection in Austin, Texas

ATTENTION ALL SELLERS AND AGENTS!!  Dont forget about those out of sight places.  The pictures here are a great reminder to us all. 

And what a great inspector to take the time to move some things to get at the problem!!!  The buyer certainly got their money's worth with this inspection.

Inspection Picture of the Day - No Trap, Rust and lots of ..... Stuff from a Home Inspection in Austin, Texas

In the course of my duties as a Home Inspector I run into lots of Stuff!  One thing I have to contend with on most every inspection I conduct is clutter.  And, one of the most popular places for clutter is under the sinks

I don't know why but these secluded spots are most often overlooked when people decide to sell their home.  As a result, it seems, more stuff gets crammed under the sink than gets taken out.

Here are a couple of pictures from a Home Inspection in Austin, Texas that I completed last week. See if you can identify any "problems".

Home Inspection in Austin, Texas - Clutter and No Trap

I had to move a bunch of items to reveal this.  A trapless drain under the kitchen sink.

Home Inspection in Austin, Texas - Water Heater Hidden by Clutter

I did a little more digging beneath that kitchen sink and found this.  A small water heater.  Covered with more stuff!

Home Inspection in Austin, Texas - Water Heater and Rusty Pan

At the end of the trail I found that the water heater's relief valve was plumbed to a heavily rusted pan.  The pan is at the end of it's useful life and the two year old water heater will most likely need to be replaced soon.  The's sitting in about a quarter inch of water and is beginning to rust away just like the pan in which it sits.

I know that when sellers put their home on the market they do a lot of things to make their home more attractive.  The space under the sinks seem to be forgotten about.  But, this space on this inspection got a lot more attention than the seller was probably expecting.  Everyone there eventually stuck their head under the sink ..... me, the buyer, then the buyer's agent followed by the seller's agent and finally the seller himself.

Thanks for taking a look.  Have a great day.

Andy Chaudoir - Professional Inspection Services - 512-632-3232

"Your Home Inspection Connection in Central Texas" -

Barbara Calwhite


Barbara Calwhite, Broker-associate
Keller Williams Realty of Southwest Missouri
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Comment balloon 3 commentsBarbara Calwhite • March 27 2010 07:28AM


Interesting things that can be found with an inspection. No buyer should ever overestimate the maintenance and care a seller has provided!

Posted by Gary L. Waters Broker Associate, Bucci Realty, Fifteen Years Experience in Brevard County (Bucci Realty, Inc.) about 10 years ago

Looks like so many sinks and water heaters we've all run into. Encouraging home inspections and helping clients interpret the results is essential for a good business.

Have a great day in Austin!

Posted by Sam White, Integrated Marketing - Bryan College Station, about 10 years ago

Great advice and a terrific post for a re-blog!

Posted by Terrie Leighton, Reno Real Estate Agent ~ Selling Homes in Reno (Ferrari-Lund Real Estate ) about 10 years ago