When %LINK1% are inspecting whirlpool tubs you should always know where the jets are pointing. A couple of years ago I was hired to perform a %LINK2% at a newly constructed home. The house was never before lived in however, was staged with the use of very attractive furnishings. The inspection was going quite well, up until it came time to inspect the master bathroom. The bathroom had a shower and a separate whirlpool tub which had 10 jets. As I began my bathroom inspection I turned the bathtub faucet on to fill it and examine the jets to verify they worked. Now examining the jets on a whirlpool tub are not required per most standards of practice.
So I stuck to my normal inspection routine. Started up the faucet at the sink, checked for leaks. Checked the GFCI receptacle, checked that there was a heat source and so forth. Well I figured the water was high enough inside the tub so as to start up the jets. Therefore I turned the water off and then said to my client “here is your control to activate your jets” and proceeded to hit the button. Well all of the jets were pointing up and the water level wasn’t quite above the jets. The pressure from the jets shot a stream of water out approximately 5 ft. Needless to say my customer happened to be in the path of the water stream. She was soaked from head to toe. Naturally my first reaction was certainly to grab a towel from the rack. Like I mentioned in the beginning the house was staged. So I lunged for the closest towel. Just as I was about to take the towel I noticed the little man on a horse playing polo. I thought oh no it’s a Ralph Lauren towel that is likely $80.
So rather than having to perhaps pay for a towel I jerked back and nabbed the roll of toilet tissue and then handed it to her and said “here you go, I am truly sorry”. The realtor was giggling so hard that she had to leave the house. And so the moral of the story is in case %LINK3% test whirlpool jets ensure that they are pointing downward and also always carry a towel in your bag.