water heaters: TPR Valve... Do I need one of those? - 12/02/15 01:01 AM
If you have a water heater in your house... you have a TPR valve. What is a TPR valve? TPR stands for Temperature Pressure Relief. They are installed on every type of water heater, gas or electric. They are even on tank-less systems. Why? The water in your water heater gets really hot! What happens to water when you heat it up that much? It expands! Your water heater holds a lot of energy in it's tank. I know lots of you have heard stories of water heater explosions, but have you ever seen one? Look at this video from Mythbusters, this … (56 comments)

water heaters: Improperly Installed Water Heater - 01/19/15 03:34 AM
What else can be said or written about improperly installed water heaters? Every Home Inspector on Active Rain has probably written about the ones they have found that are improperly installed, not maintained, leaking, etc… a multitude of times. I have written quite a few blogs about them myself. We see them all the time. It is amazing to me that people don’t realize that these things can be deadly! They are exploding missiles with scalding hot water in them, sometimes right in their closets!

 
My contribution this morning is just this very thing. The water heater was actually … (4 comments)

water heaters: Is that Taps I hear playing? - 07/05/13 11:32 PM
The day after the Holiday, the 5th of July. Our independence established, back to work! I arrived at the home I was inspecting yesterday to find the buyer’s agent already there... 15 minutes early! That in itself is amazing! I love you guys, I really do... but what percentage of agents are early or on time? :-) Anyway, the house was vacant, still a few things left behind but nobody was living there. The agent opened the door only to find the burglar chain was hooked on the door so the door only opened about 3 inches. Nice. Evidently, the owners … (8 comments)

water heaters: The Water Heater Is How Old? - 05/14/13 01:12 AM
Most water heaters have a life span of around 10 - 12 years. You can extend the life of them by flushing them out once or twice a year by connecting a garden hose at the connection at the bottom of the tank, turning the power off and draining it as clean water flows in the top. You may occasionally have to replace the heating elements if one burns out, the bottom one can burn out if sediment collects around it from not flushing it out. Sediments settle on the bottom and can cover the bottom heating element and the water … (41 comments)

water heaters: One For The Road... - 04/06/13 12:56 AM
What else can be said or written about improperly installed water heaters? Every Home Inspector on Active Rain has probably written about the ones they have found that are improperly installed, not maintained, leaking, etc… a multitude of times. I have written quite a few blogs about them myself. We see them all the time. It is amazing to me that people don’t realize that these things can be deadly! They are exploding missiles with scalding hot water in them, sometimes right in their closets!

 
My contribution this morning is just this very thing. The water heater was actually … (5 comments)

water heaters: Uncle Bob, You Rascal! - 03/02/13 07:31 PM
Whenever you invite Uncle Bob over because he told you he can take care of that plumbing problem of yours, it may be a good idea to talk it over with him before you cut him loose and let him do his thing. He has struck again!

 
Here, he has given you a water supply to that spanking new addition to your existing home. I know, you had to add the "In-Law" suite your lovely wife insisted on. How do we plumb the new bathroom?
Call Uncle Bob, he can do it! Here he tapped into the water heater … (44 comments)

water heaters: The Amazing Exploding Water Heater! - 01/27/13 12:29 AM
I did an inspection for a couple yesterday... for the third time! They have been searching for that special home in a special community. I told them I hope I haven't been the one discouraging them from buying the homes they select! I think they are satisfied with the reports I have given them, each time it had helped them to decide to move on for different reasons. I've saved them millions! This one yesterday was the same model as the first one I inspected for them, just down the street. They said they have been reading my blogs... the defects … (2 comments)

 
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