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Is This Hidden Hazard in Your Listing Photos?

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Is This Hidden Hazard in Your Listing Photos?

December 5, 2018
Photo: PXhere / CCO public domain examines how to avoid potential hazards by looking at real estate listing photos like a home inspector.

A major item to look for in master baths is a chandelier or hanging light over a bathtub. According to home inspector Welmoed Sisson, no electrical fixtures should come within 8 feet above or 3 feet of the sides of the tub. 

"Any kind of moisture can cause wires to corrode, which can lead to arcing and short circuits," Sisson says. While it's highly unlikely that lighting bolts could jump from the chandelier to the tub, sparks and pops are certainly possible; or the short circuit could happen behind the walls or ceiling, where water can penetrate, starting a fire.

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