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Beware of the Rogue Washing Machine!

When potential buyers were touring a house, they got an eyeful in the basement. Floor tiles weren’t adhering, the paneling on the walls stopped about one foot from the bottom, there were stains on the ceiling and some growths that may be mold.

 

When pressed by the real estate agent for feedback on the house, the buyers shared how uncomfortable they were with the lack of a waterproof basement.  The agent scoffed at this, I was told, and assured them that what they saw was nothing more than a problem (since remedied) with a washing machine that overflowed.


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After that viewing, these same buyers went to see another home one block over.  The floor had drains in it and there were desiccants discretely placed throughout the basement. My clients asked the agent if there were water problems here, and she had the bold-faced bravado to blame it on a washing machine that couldn’t hold its water.

 

Two houses, built on the same water table by the same builder. Two homeowners who  feared flooding and took measures like installing paneling that stopped far from the floor or ensuring strategically placed floor drains. What are the odds that steady trickles from Whirlpools, or sudden cascade from Maytags, are truly the culprits in both these homes, and that potential purchasers should rest easy hearing that the problems are in the past?

 

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