During the course of the home inspection, your home inspector will tag all of the Gas and Water valves in your utility room. These tags are meant to provide the home owner easy identification of all valves in the event that they would need to access them.
This is probably the most unique way I have ever seen a water heater vented at a home inspection. From the basement, the vent was routed through the concrete block foundation.
During the course of a home inspection I remind clients that in order for appliances to operate safely and efficiently, they should be maintained on a regular schedule as recommended by the manufacturer. In the photos above you will see a water heater that I came across at a home inspection. Clearly there are some combustion issues.
Most water heaters last 10 to 15 years. Wet spots on the floor or rust on your tank may signal that you have a problem. Lots of rust flakes in the combustion chamber will also indicate the water heater is near the end of its useful life.
During a recent home inspection I came across this electrical wiring that was in contact with both a heating duct and the water heater exhaust vent.
Home ownership requires constant vigilance. From the foundation to the roof, you need to keep an eye on your home to guard against damage and to protect your investment. Homeowners should be periodically
Each year, your average household can spend up to $2200 on energy costs. Our economy today is certainly challenging, and homeowners are looking for ways to stretch their monthly utility and household expenses.
Does the hot water in your home smell like rotten eggs? You have checked with the neighbors and they don’t seem to have the problem. What can you do about the smell?
On a recent home inspection near Rochester MN, I came across what appeared to be a blocked chimney flue. Both the furnace and water heater were functioning properly with nice blue flames. I was however getting back draft Carbon Monoxide exhaust from both appliances.
At a recent home inspection I came across a hot water heater in a utility closet in which the vent flue had become disconnected at the ceiling. In addition to the exhaust and CO venting directly to the closet, you can see that the paper on the adjacent sheetrock is heavily charred from the exhaust heat.
The water heater is one of those systems in the home that is commonly neglected until it doesn't work. Quite often I come across water heaters that are in need of a tune up.