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Home inspection damages for-sale home

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Dear Barry, Our home just underwent a detailed home inspection, as requested by the buyers. As a result, we incurred major water damage during a shower pan test. The inspector filled the pan nearly 5 inches deep and let the water stand for 3 1/2 hours. When I got home, the closet was flooded, and we had no previous history of shower leakage. Isn't there a limit to the amount of water that one should use during a shower pan test and the length of time necessary for this procedure? – Kris Dear Kris, The water tightness of a shower pan is typically checked by filling the base of the shower to within one inch of the overflow rim. The height of the shower dam, therefore, determines the appropriate water depth, and 5 inches would not be unusual for many showers. But a leak test lasting 3 1/2 hours is needless and excessive. The typical duration for such tests is 20-30 minutes. If a longer test was deemed necessary, the area around and beneath the pan should have been checked at peri...