Buried Water Heaters! What!

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Buried Water Heaters

The things some people do!

The crawl space was all I had left to do at this morning's Nicholasville Kentucky Home Inspection, but I hadn't found the water heater yet.  The crawl space entrance was kinda small but I've found an occasional water heater in the crawl space.

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Figured that's where I might find this one and I was right.

Erby The Central Kentucky Home Inspector Water Heater in the crawl space


There it was, the bottom covered in dirt, rusting away.






Erby The Central Kentucky Home Inspector Water Heater in the crawl space



Here's a closer look.  The ground is wet.  Water rusts metal.

How long do you think this 12 year old water heater has left before it's don't work so well anymore.

Yup, the serial number tells me it's 12 years old.  Serial number started with SE which, according to the manufacturer's website, Bradford White Corporation, makes it 12 years old.

Dig er out and start over!

We won't say anything here about the missing inspection sticker from the state plumbing inspector!





Funny thing is, the seller told the agent there shouldn't be any problems with the water heater as they just had it put in  a couple of months ago!

A 12 year old water heater just put in a couple of months ago. 

Somebody is doing some wool pulling. 


Maybe later I'll hear the tale of who!



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Vickie Nagy
Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate - Palm Springs, CA
Vickie Jean the Palm Springs Condo Queen

Erby, having spent many years of my life in Kentucky I can attest to just how creative those folks can  be! Thanks for the fun read.

Feb 05, 2011 09:17 AM #1
Scott Godzyk
Godzyk Real Estate Services - Manchester, NH
One of the Manchester NH's area Leading Agents

I have never seen that before... creative but not very smart

Feb 05, 2011 09:18 AM #2
Erby Crofutt
B4 U Close Home Inspections&Radon Testing (www.b4uclose.com) - Lexington, KY
The Central Kentucky Home Inspector, Lexington KY

Vickie:  See some of the blogs from the California Inspectors blogs.  Same stupid stuff there! (and everywhere).  I went to your blog to leave a comment but all that was there were market reports.

Scott:  It is amazing the effort people go to so they can do it wrong!

Feb 05, 2011 10:51 AM #3
Ed Kurosz , Lic. Assoc. RE Broker
Douglas Elliman Real Estate - Westhampton Beach & Quogue - Westhampton Beach, NY
Douglas Elliman Real Estate Hamptons & North Fork

LOL....  got to love it! That's a first for me.

Feb 05, 2011 01:55 PM #4
Sheila Newton Team Anderson & Greenville SC
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - C. Dan Joyner - Anderson, SC
Selling the Upstate since 1989

Now that is a new one... Some people just aren't very smart.. You'd think they would at least have a LITTLE common sense!!!

Feb 05, 2011 03:37 PM #5
Not a real person
San Diego, CA

Just stopping by to invite you to the 2nd Annual ActiveRain Super Bowl Party. Hope you’ll come and bring some friends!

Feb 06, 2011 12:02 PM #6
Nick T Pappas
Assoc. Broker/Broker ABR, CRS, SFR, e-Pro, @Homes Realty Group, @HomesBirmingham & Providence Property Mgmnt, LLC Hun... - Huntsville, AL
Madison & Huntsville Alabama Real Estate Resource

Ebry, you said it right...sometimes people work so hard at doing something wrong...truly amazing.  Really...what were they thinking anyway!!!  And how did they get it down there??

Feb 07, 2011 02:32 PM #7
Laura Giannotta
Keller Williams Realty - Atlantic Shore - Little Egg Harbor, NJ
Your Realtor Down the Shore!

Maybe they bought the water heater used????  I'm amazed at some of the things home inspectors find!!

Feb 07, 2011 10:42 PM #8
Dave Halpern
Keller Williams Realty Louisville East (502) 664-7827 - Louisville, KY
Louisville Short Sale Expert


I've seen many dumb and dangerous installations in houses. This one ranks way up there.

Feb 08, 2011 04:19 AM #9
Tim Peterson
Wisconsin Realtor Safety and Concealed Carry Classes - Madison, WI
Realtor Safety Training Classes

Erby that is wild-what were they thinking? yes only put in a few months ago

Feb 12, 2011 12:10 PM #10
Tina M. Atilho
William Raveis Real Estate - Milford, CT

Wow, yes people can really try to pull one over on realtors.  But when it comes down to it, the inspection tells all.  Great post!

Feb 27, 2011 09:30 AM #11
Not a real person
San Diego, CA

You must have been out in the boondocks, which is where I sometimes find water heaters exactly like that. You’re not invading my territory, are you? J

Feb 27, 2011 12:49 PM #12
William Feela
Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.

Sounds like someone taking a short cut and using a used heater.  The dirt must have been top hide the leaking?!

Mar 07, 2011 10:09 AM #13
Mark Lipka
House Sale Advisors - Lancaster, PA

Is this even legal?

Mar 18, 2011 05:08 AM #14
Justin Morgan
435SELLNOW.com - Justin Morgan Real Estate Team - Saint George, UT
Investor/Agent with www.435SELLNOW.com

I have seen something similar... SCARY.

May 29, 2011 09:48 AM #15
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