What if the Hose Faucet Drips?


What if the hose faucet drips? That would be noteworthy for the home inspector. A hose faucet that drips would certainly need repair, maybe even replacement. But it is just a hose faucet.

Let’s just say the hose faucet does drip. The home inspector then notes the dripping hose faucet in his home inspection report. The prospective home buyer then reads the note, and decides whether to care or not to care, and whether to include the dripping hose faucet in a request for repairs addressed to the home seller.

There, easy enough, it is just a hose faucet. No deal-killing recommendations for contractors or engineers needed. This condition barely calls for a plumber. A handyman would inevitably be the first choice that comes to mind, but any home seller who has a wrench or two would most likely opt for a quick trip to the hardware store, the plumbing section. This will be fixed before breakfast.

And so what if it does take two trips to the hardware store. It’s still cheaper and faster than calling a plumber. Any serious do-it-yourselfer knows that nothing gets done with just one trip to the hardware store.

There, fixed. It’s just a hose faucet, but it’s a fixed hose faucet.

But what if, as it happens, it’s not fixed and a month or two later the proud new homeowner, while taking his first long-looked-forward-to weekend of gardening at his new digs, finds the hose faucet dripping. He again is forced to decide whether to care or not to care. Does he begin his weekend of gardening with a trip, or two, to the hardware store, the plumbing section? Or does he call his real estate agent to complain? It is just a hose faucet.

There, fixed again. But what if, as some older plumbing is prone to do, the now repeated fixing of the hose faucet has caused a teeny tiny failure of a pipe fitting inside the wall where the hose faucet is plumbed? Well now we are at least four trips to the hardware store, maybe even five, several sections, and the long-looked-forward-to weekend of gardening has turned into a frustrating weekend of plumbing.

Fine, it’s really fixed this time.

But what if, just what if, as some older plumbing is prone to do, the now repeated fixing of the hose faucet, and the subsequent fixing of the nearby pipe fitting, has caused a teeny tiny failure of a pipe fitting in a very hidden and concealed place in a wall or attic, a place nobody can see, and a place where a teeny tiny pipe failure can go undetected for an extended period of time, months, even a year.

The doctor determines that what was thought to be a prolonged cold or flu is really an allergic reaction, possibly to mold. No trips to the hardware store this time. Testing is required; air samples.

The once-proud new homeowner is again forced to decide whether to care or not to care, not if to call, but who to call, the real estate agent, the insurance company, or the lawyer?

It’s just a hose faucet.

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