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Are You Ready for the Seattle Home Inspector

Are You Ready for the Inspector?

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There are certain things all inspectors call everytime. Are you prepared?


This will depend a lot on plumbing codes in your area, but in Seattle, every dishwasher should have an "Air Gap," and Steve Smith describes it better than I can. Mine didn't, and then my inspector of choice decides to have this challenge on Active Rain to write a blog post about what's under your kitchen sink. I'm always game for a little fun and thought my kitchen sink was a little boring. It was then I realized that Charlie would give me a bad time for not having the proper air gap installed.

If you're selling your home, the day is going to come and when the inspector first walks into the kitchen he's going to be looking for that air gap.

Soap dispenser installed

My kitchen had a soap dispenser in the suggested air gap location for the type sink we have.

Choices? tools and air gap

I headed to a home improvement store and found that the better $15 air gaps were sold out, so I had to settle for one that only cost $5.

With a few tools ready I plunged into the job.

Air gap installed

Before long, (okay, I had to make another trip to the store for a short piece of hose) the job was done. (Plumbing tasks always take at least two trips to the store).

Charlie would probably find something else wrong under my kitchen sink, but that's okay. He does it with such aplomb you can't help but like him anyway.





Glenn Roberts



Comment balloon 9 commentsGlenn Roberts • October 16 2010 11:14AM


Hey great job----nice looking kichen too!  You might be able to put the soap dispenser on the other side :)

Posted by Charles Buell, Seattle Home Inspector (Charles Buell Inspections Inc.) over 10 years ago

Charlie - We've had the dispenser for ten years and used it for nine. Don't know why we stopped, but we did. So now, it's an air gap. I've got another one between my ears.

Posted by Glenn Roberts (Retired) over 10 years ago

Glenn, I appreciate the fact that you admitted you had to go back to the store for more parts, we all do it but very few admit it....

Posted by Gerry Michaels, GettysburgGerry Social Meida (Glasswork Media Arts) over 10 years ago

Gerry - The truth shall set you free, plumbing projects have you tied up for days.

Posted by Glenn Roberts (Retired) over 10 years ago

Coulda just done a high loop.....  :-)

Posted by Darrell Hay (Safe & Sound Home Inspections, Inc.) over 10 years ago

Darrell - Had a high loop and it worked great for ten years. Just sayin'

Posted by Glenn Roberts (Retired) over 10 years ago

Glenn ~  Everyone needs to have thier air gap checked from time-to-time!  Seriously, I have had so many buyers question the reason for "that silver thing" on the sink -- "did they forget to plug it?" 

Posted by Tish Lloyd, Broker - Wilmington NC and Surrounding Beaches (BlueCoast Realty Corporation) over 10 years ago

Until now I had no idea what an air gap was...interesting post and it got Charle's thumbs up Glenn!

Posted by Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can!, So Utah Residential, Referral & Relocation REALTOR (Red Rock Real Estate) about 10 years ago

Trish - I was just at my mother-in-laws, and cleaned her air gap.

Wanda - I think it was the link to Charie that got the thumb.

Posted by Glenn Roberts (Retired) about 10 years ago