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Michael Altizer
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Finding a water leak that some inspectors may not find.
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Interesting. Was the drain pipe at the wall leaking, or was water getting in through the masonry crack from outside? Guess we should inspect with bare feet! Just joking, I would have kneeled on the wet carpet checking under the sink....

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Mike Casey wrote:Interesting. Was the drain pipe at the wall leaking, or was water getting in through the masonry crack from outside? Guess we should inspect with bare feet! Just joking, I would have kneeled on the wet carpet checking under the sink....


Mike Casey,

Everything was as dry as can be as far as connections go, and serving their intended purpose (to carry the water away). Water runs behind the wall, whenever there is a rainstorm and the slope of the lot carries the water directly behind the wall. The water then travels down the vertical crack until it hits the concrete slab. From there the water travels under the base of the sink and up and under the carpet. The water ponds for a good 2-3 foot away from the sink and sits there until the owner uses a wet vac, around 5 towels and a good week to dry out. Using my FLIR TG165 infrared thermometer as an infrared camera, I carefully scanned the area. The thermal images clearly show ponding water (a dark blue). If I could figure out how to upload the images, I'd be glad to share with you. I'm a little under the weather, so I apologize if I'm a little hard to hear and for my breathing so hard at the start of the video. Sometimes not wearing shoes helps to identify issues that you may never find. I agree with the kneeling at the sink but I like to stick my head under and look around. One time I was inspecting a kitchen and trying to spot where ants were coming in from. If I hadn't of actually crawled around on the kitchen floor I would have missed the entry location. The bottom of the cabinets had not been cut to legnth and there was a good quarter of an inch missing from the wooden cabinets. I admit it was hidden from me at first (while standing). The bottom of the cabinets had been painted black and the long hole blended in. I didn't notice it even on my crawlspace inspection, it was only identifiable by low crawling with a high powered flashlight and carefully looking for something unusual.

Thanks for replying and stay safe.
 
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