Water Heater Inspection Guidelines | Home Inspector Tips

Water Heater Inspection Guidelines
The following water heater inspection guide covers 3 types of the most popular water heater installations:

Gas, natural draft, tank water heaters utilizing galvanized steel vent pipe
Gas, power vent equipped, tank water heaters utilizing PVC vent pipe
Electric water heaters

There might be some minor discrepancies between jurisdictions which will in most (probably not all) cases concern seismic areas water heater installations. I’ll cover it within this water heater inspection manual but I would highly recommend to obtain a water heater installation permit from your local building department (usually required) and verify plumbing code requirements in your particular area.
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Garage Gas Water Heater Raised Above the Floor FVIR Safety

The following are the general requirements for the garage gas water heater installation concerning its burner chamber height above the floor surface. Depending on the model / type / age of your particular water heater and your jurisdiction, they may or may not apply – always check before the installation.
If there’s no manual explaining the garage gas water heater installation requirements, contact the manufacturer and ask for  instructions for your particular model (in many cases you’ll be able to obtain it online).

Furnace, Water Heater Vent Pipe Clearances and Locations

Gas burning appliances vent pipes produce heat when discharging exhaust gases to exterior.
Temperature of the vent pipe is transferred to the surrounding area and all the materials that are in the vent pipe vicinity. Problems start arising if those materials are combustible and located to close to the furnace, water heater vent pipe. If you apply heat to a combustible material for some period of time (that varies between materials), its point of ignition will gradually get lower and eventually little heat will be required to start a fire – that’s why you need a clearance between the vent pipe and a combustible material.

Combustion Air for Fuel Burning Appliances

Combustion Air
Combustion air is required for all types of fuel burning appliances in our homes to properly burn that fuel.
Combustion air has three functions:

It  is required to properly burn fuel
To dilute exhaust gases that are being vented to exterior
To vent and cool appliances

The most popular fuel used in our homes is of course natural gas.
For every one cubic foot of gas, there are 10 cubic feet of combustion air needed for clean burning in addition to dilution and ventilation air.
There are two products out of a perfectly balanced gas combustion – carbon dioxide and water vapor, which are perfectly safe. […]

Saddle Valve Installation

If the saddle valve installation is your first plumbing job, don’t worry, it’s very simple. Just follow these instructions carefully:
Even if the saddle valve came with some appliance installation kit, it may not be permitted in your area. You may want to check if such installation complies with your local plumbing code.
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This How to Install Saddle Valve Guide covers copper pipe installation. However, you can also use it for plastic and galvanized pipes since most steps are almost identical, and I will explain the difference whenever […]