Welcome to Q&A for Home Maintenance Q&A section, where you can ask questions and get answers from me and other members of the community.

Spam, self-promotion, questions with abusive, inappropriate language, and irrelevant questions will be deleted.
All of the questions are moderated!

You'll be notified when your question is answered. Please reply with Feedback to share whether a solution worked or didn't work. Thank you!

Connect on Google+
Find on Google+ Local

Is it possible to directly vent through double walled pipe through a block wall to the exterior of a house?

0 votes
The vent pipe currently runs up off the unit, elbows 90 degrees, runs approximately 7 feet from the top, and ends at or near the edge of the block wall that is the basement for my house. (There is not an exterior elbow and no vertical run of pipe on the exterior of the house). The pipe is somewhat loose and is sitting on the block in a total penetration that is ~10" around. Other residents of my house want me to simply close the space around the vent pipe (to decrease exterior air from entering the basement as we approach winter). Can you give me some suggestions?
asked in Gas Water Heater by randal (120 points)
Share this question on your favorite network.

1 Answer

0 votes


Hi Randal,

I need some more information about this installation or just pick one of the “if’s” below. You've picked water heater category so I'm assuming this is a water heater you’re talking about – what type is it?

If it is a natural draft type with a cone shaped draft hood on its top you can only vent it through the chimney and not through the side wall.

If it is a power vent type water heater that uses PVC vent pipe you can go through the side wall of the house or roof / this water heater type cannot be vented through the chimney. You can find all information about such installation here – water heater power vent.

Direct venting applies to appliances that use air from exterior for combustion process. If your water heater is a direct vent type you can use 2 vent pipes or special double wall pipe (not a B-vent) designed to discharge exhaust and supply combustion air at the same time.

If the 10” opening you’ve mentioned is for the chimney connection it should be sealed around the vent pipe / pipe should penetrate the opening and terminate flush with the interior wall of the chimney flue.

If your water heater uses basement interior air for combustion process you have to make sure that it has enough of it. Check this example for calculation purposes – water heater combustion air

answered by darekrudy (21,730 points)