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    Default Small hatch door in utility room

    I'm an inspector in training and I just did an inspection (for a friend) of a condo. I came across a small hatch door in the wall of the utility room (in the inspection unit). I think it may have been the water shut-off for the unit. I didn't have the special key to open the door, so I just left it. Is this a standard set-up for water shut-offs for condominiums? Do you usually check these out? Do you always carry these kind of special keys?
    Thanks Bob

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    Default Re: Small hatch door in utility room

    I can't think of a reason to lock an access to the main water shut off valve. The only key that I carry is for the fireplace gas valve.

    Eric Barker, ACI
    Lake Barrington, IL

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    Default Re: Small hatch door in utility room

    Could be access for something serving another unit.

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    Default Re: Small hatch door in utility room

    Even without the lock, that is inaccessible due to the shelving. If it was the water shutoff it should not be behind the shelving.


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