(Reference for this publication comes from the “Uniform Building Inspection Report”)
For (typically) being the smallest room in your home or building, the bathroom has one of the more in-depth inspection checklists for a single room. All components of the bathroom will be inspected individually by our professional home or building inspectors in Indiana.
Components of Bathroom Inspections in Indiana
- Tub / Shower
- Toilets & Bidets
- Sinks or Wash Basins
- Electrical Components such as GFCI
- Ceilings, Walls, Trim & Floors
- Caulking, Sealants & Grout
- Towel Bars, Toilet Paper Holders & Built-In Soap Dishes
- Floor Coverings
Details of Bathroom Inspection Components
Tub / shower combinations will be inspected, and the faucet tested, all for installation, operability and condition. Water flow will be tested by turning on the tub faucet and how well the water transfers to the shower head. Water pressure will also be noted during this aspect of the inspection. Our home inspector will also apply the stop to your tub drain to ensure water retention, same goes for units that are a tub or shower only, not just combinations. All other components of your tub / shower will be inspected for installation, condition and maintenance, including materials such as tile, fiberglass, glass, concrete, stone, etc. Materials used will also be noted in the inspection report and all will be reviewed for maintenance to determine if there are cracks, damaged grout or caulking, stains and fungus growth.
Toilets & bidets undergo the same type of review which includes installation condition and operability. Leaks and water stains around the base of your toilets and bidets or at the wall water supply will all be noted. Our inspector will test if your toilet flushes and drains properly, as well as ensuring the shut off is normal. Any cracks in the base or water closet will be noted.
Sinks or wash basins and vanity will be inspected for installation, condition & operability as well, testing the functionality of the faucets and drains and noting any leaks. Pipes under any sinks will also be checked for proper operation and the vanity cabinet will be checked for condition and installation. Notes will be taken on the maintenance of counter tops, drawers, doors, finish, medicine cabinets and mirrors.
Ceilings, walls, trim & floors are checked for condition and maintenance, noting any issues that may be a health or safety hazard. Some items may simply be cosmetic, however if our inspectors review and suspect there may be an underlying issue, he will notate it. This could include, but is not limited to, bubbling or lifting paint which could be caused by several different things. Items such as missing trim are easy fixes for the homeowners and do not have ill effects to the occupant or structure.
Caulking, sealants & grout are a critical part of our inspection process when determining the overall health of the room. Without proper maintenance of these components, water intrusion into the walls and floor is possible, causing deterioration of wood and other materials.
Towel bars, toilet paper holders & built-in soap dishes are also reviewed by the inspector and any issues will be noted. Most issues with these components are cosmetic and can be repaired by the homeowners.
Floor coverings that are laid over a wood sub-floor could prevent our Indiana inspectors from making a visual determination on condition. Since wood sub-floors can indicate whether a home is sat on a raised foundation or not, our inspectors will have to review this by crawling underneath the home or building and report any deterioration of materials.
It’s important to know that carpeting installed over wood sub-flooring can be damaging to a sub-floor through normal use of your bathroom. This can be caused by water spills or drips from the tub, shower, sink or toilet.
Please note: Our inspectors will not check the water temperature and accuracy of thermostats due to the lack of dependability on operation characteristics. Anti-scald valves and faucets are available at most home improvement or plumbing supply stores and are recommended to prevent small children from being burned by water heated to extreme temperatures. We would advise that water heater thermostats are set to a temperature of approximately 120 degrees.
Contact Center Grove Real Estate Inspections, LLC. today for more information on bathroom inspection services in Indiana!