When %LINK1% are inspecting whirlpool tubs be sure to know precisely where the jets are pointing. A number of years back I was hired to perform a %LINK2% in a newly constructed house. The home was never before lived in but was staged with rather inviting home furnishings. The inspection was going nicely, until it came time to inspect the master bathroom. The bathroom had a shower along with a separate whirlpool tub that featured 10 jets. When I started my bathroom inspection I turned the bathtub faucet on in order to fill it and then assess the jets to confirm they did work. Now examining the jets in a whirlpool tub are actually not mandated per most standards of practice.
So I stuck to my normal inspection routine. Started up the faucet at the sink, looked for leaks. Checked the GFCI receptacle, confirmed that there was a heat source and so on. Well I thought the water was high enough in the tub so as to switch on the jets. Therefore I turned the water off and said to my customer “here is your control to turn on your jets” and proceeded to hit the switch. Well all the jets were pointing up and the water level wasn’t totally above the jets. The pressure coming from the jets shot a stream of water out approximately 5 ft. Needless to say my client 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 right from the rack. Like I mentioned in the beginning the home was staged. So I lunged to get the nearest towel. Just as I was about to get the towel I recognized the little man on a horse playing polo. I thought oh no it’s a Ralph Lauren towel which is probably $80.
Therefore instead of having to potentially pay for a towel I jerked back and grabbed the roll of toilet tissue and then handed it to her and said “here you go, I am truly sorry”. The realtor was chuckling so hard that she had to leave the home. So the moral of the story is if %LINK3% test whirlpool jets make sure they are without a doubt pointing down and also regularly carry a towel inside your bag.