Water Heater Errors found during a home inspection

Counting Water Heating Errors

During the water heater inspection, several concerning errors were discovered by Ashi-Certified Inspector, Britt B. Firstly, the water heater lacked a sediment tray, which is essential for trapping debris and preventing it from clogging the system. Additionally, a critical safety issue was found with the Temperature and Pressure Relief (TPR) valve, which was incorrectly made out of PVC instead of the required brass or steel material.

Furthermore, the hood, designed to protect against exhaust fumes, was not securely attached to the pipe, potentially leading to harmful gas leaks. Additionally, the use of flexible lines on the water heater is discouraged as they are prone to leaks and can cause water damage. Lastly, there was no expansion tank installed, which is necessary to accommodate the increase in water volume when the water heats up, preventing pressure buildup and potential damage to the system.

Addressing these errors promptly is essential for the safety, efficiency, and longevity of the water heater. We recommend consulting a licensed plumber to rectify these issues and ensure the water heater operates correctly, complying with safety standards and building codes.

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