High Loop – If a dishwasher is installed in the home there is typically a drain line running from the dishwasher directly into the garbage disposal unit. This drain line should be secured as high as possible underneath the sink between the two. This prevents dirty water that is entering the garbage disposal from draining into the dishwasher. All that is required is an inexpensive hook or other device to attach the drain line to underneath the sink. I would say that at least 80% of the homes I inspect do not have this simple safety feature.
Anti-Tip – If the oven is free-standing it should have a bracket installed in the floor that prevents it from tipping forward if a heavy object is placed on the open oven door. You can test this by either attempting to tip the range outwards or by sliding the range outwards and looking for the bracket which should be along the floor. If the range does not have an anti-tip feature, one should be installed for added safety.
Appliance Light Bulbs – Test the light bulbs for the oven and above the cook top for operation. If they do not operate the bulbs should be changed.
Leaking or Corrosion at Plumbing – Check under the kitchen sink and behind the refrigerator. There should be no active water leaks nor any corrosion that might indicate potential leaks on the plumbing.
Gaps at Sink and Countertops – Gaps can form over time due to deterioration of the caulk or settlement of the countertop. This creates paths for water to leak beneath the countertop. Any gaps should be sealed with caulk or grout to provide protection.
The kitchen inspection includes many safety items that can be easily repaired.