How is Your Hot Water Flowing?

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How is your hot water flowing?

 

I got an emergency water heater replacement call today; it’s an emergency for the residents who do not have hot water! Whenever we work on water heaters, we check for other potential problems because this would be the time to correct the problem. With the water to the unit shut off already, a couple of changes will cost next to nothing in additional labor. We always change the flex lines, check the straps, secure exhaust vent, and test pressure relief valve.

At the shut off valve there was a short galvanized pipe that was loaded with rust inside the pipe. The photo below shows that even a galvanized pipe can rust. The entire water system is made of copper, except for this short 3/4” pipe, but if it were to continue to rust the water flow would be restricted. The opening will begin to close up and the water will be passing through a much smaller area, it may even completely close – no hot water.

How is your hot water flowing?

 Rusted pipe found while doing a repair of water heater in apartment community in Sacramento

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Frank Rubi
Frank Rubi Real Estate, LLC - Metairie, LA
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Tom, tomorrow we are replacing a Hot Water Heater that went bad after the inspection. It is a hold up but once corrected we will move to close. 

Nov 17, 2011 05:15 PM #3
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Ronald DiLalla
Century 21 Discovery DRE 01813824 - Anaheim, CA
No. Orange Cty Real Estate

Hi Tom, sort of disgusting sometimes to see what the inside of piping looks like...thanks for sharing.

Nov 17, 2011 05:33 PM #4
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Doug Bullwinkel
Envoy Mortgage, NMLS 6666 - Roseville, CA
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Yuk.   I don't want to think about taking a shower and washing my hair with that pipe water. 

Nov 17, 2011 05:47 PM #5
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Tom Arstingstall, General Contractor, Dry Rot, Water Damage Sacramento, El Dorado County - (916) 765-5366
Dry Rot and Water Damage www.tromlerconstruction.com Mobile - 916-765-5366 - Placerville, CA
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Congratulations on the sale Frank. Why do these things always happen at the worst time?  :)

Nov 17, 2011 06:12 PM #6
Rainmaker
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Tom Arstingstall, General Contractor, Dry Rot, Water Damage Sacramento, El Dorado County - (916) 765-5366
Dry Rot and Water Damage www.tromlerconstruction.com Mobile - 916-765-5366 - Placerville, CA
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It does make you stop and think doesn't it Ronald.

Doug, what about drinking the tap water? Makes me squeemish to think of homes with steel pipes through there home.

Nov 17, 2011 06:13 PM #7
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Anne M. Costello
Weidel Realtors - Yardley, PA

Tom: Good suggestions on something I had not thought about. Drinking water that came out of a pipe like that? Yuuk!

Nov 17, 2011 08:44 PM #8
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Joshua Frederick
Home Inspector for ASPEC Residential Services, LLC - Defiance, OH
Home Inspector in Defiance & all of Northwest Ohio

Great pic.  Makes you wonder why some some Realtors around here get upset when I inform the potential homebuyers that there galvanized plumbing system may be in need of an upgrade soon.

Nov 17, 2011 09:07 PM #9
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Debbie Gartner
The Flooring Girl - White Plains, NY
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Good for you checking the whole system.  No, that piece deoesn't look good - looks like a clogged artery.

Nov 17, 2011 09:12 PM #10
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Liz and Bill Spear
RE/MAX Elite 513.520.5305 www.LizTour.com - Mason, OH
RE/MAX Elite Warren County OH (Cincinnati/Dayton)

Tom, So a little extra iron fortification in their water :)  Things like that are easy to not think about since there's not much external evidence of a problem, and until there is a problem, who'd take apart their plumbing to look?

Nov 17, 2011 10:09 PM #11
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Toni Weidman
Sailwinds Realty - Trinity, FL
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Good information, Tom. I doubt if any of us think about this until something goes wrong.

Nov 17, 2011 10:25 PM #12
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Hella Mitschke Rothwell
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Hawaii & California Real Estate Broker

Tom: We, too, had one little problem, but then decided to check out everything since it hadn't been done for many years. Amazing what you find. That's some scary photo.

Nov 17, 2011 11:33 PM #13
Rainmaker
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Tom Arstingstall, General Contractor, Dry Rot, Water Damage Sacramento, El Dorado County - (916) 765-5366
Dry Rot and Water Damage www.tromlerconstruction.com Mobile - 916-765-5366 - Placerville, CA
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A lot of things we don't think about until we see them Anne.

Nov 18, 2011 12:39 AM #14
Rainmaker
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Tom Arstingstall, General Contractor, Dry Rot, Water Damage Sacramento, El Dorado County - (916) 765-5366
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There is a reason why they don't use galvanized pipe anymore. If asked, I would recommend changing plumbing in older homes too Joshua.

Nov 18, 2011 12:40 AM #15
Rainmaker
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Tom Arstingstall, General Contractor, Dry Rot, Water Damage Sacramento, El Dorado County - (916) 765-5366
Dry Rot and Water Damage www.tromlerconstruction.com Mobile - 916-765-5366 - Placerville, CA
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I was trying to think of a descriptive example, clogged artery is a perfect description Debbie.

Not me Bliz.

Nov 18, 2011 12:40 AM #16
Rainmaker
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Tom Arstingstall, General Contractor, Dry Rot, Water Damage Sacramento, El Dorado County - (916) 765-5366
Dry Rot and Water Damage www.tromlerconstruction.com Mobile - 916-765-5366 - Placerville, CA
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True Toni.

I've seen these pipes close completely Hella, the problem then becomes - where is the clog?

Nov 18, 2011 12:41 AM #17
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Peg Barcelo
Fluff My House! Home Staging Inc. 250.486.6369 - Summerland, BC
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El Yukko Grande, Tom! Some of the things you must deal with, I think would engage my gag reflex...

Nov 18, 2011 02:31 AM #18
Rainmaker
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Tom Arstingstall, General Contractor, Dry Rot, Water Damage Sacramento, El Dorado County - (916) 765-5366
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It gets easier with practice Peg!

Nov 18, 2011 03:54 AM #19
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Don MacLean
New England Real Estate Center Inc. - Easton, MA
Realtor-Homes for Sale- Easton Mass

Tom, A picture is worth a thousand words and I think most here start with gross.

Thanks for sharing.....................I think lol

Enjoy the day

Nov 18, 2011 06:40 AM #20
Rainmaker
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Tom Arstingstall, General Contractor, Dry Rot, Water Damage Sacramento, El Dorado County - (916) 765-5366
Dry Rot and Water Damage www.tromlerconstruction.com Mobile - 916-765-5366 - Placerville, CA
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You summed up the thousand words in one Don. Thanks for the comment here.

Nov 18, 2011 06:58 AM #21
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Myrl Jeffcoat
GreatWest Realty - Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent

It can be amazing when something causes a maintenance problem.  You can discover all sorts of little things when a repairmen visits.  At the beginning of this week, I drove out of my garage.  Then I hit the remote to bring the garage door down.  Nada, zip, zero, it moved a few inches and then went right back to full up position and stopped.  The rollers near the top went all catawampus.  I walked over to the wall next to the door that leads into the kitchen, and looked at the familiar sticker with contact information for the garage door company.  They swiftly came.  Turns out clear back when that garage door was installed (about 10 years ago), a nut had been placed on a screw with the nut on the inside of the track.  That roller had been hitting that nut for years.  The repairman installed a new hinge, and a new roller, BUT more importantly, he put in a smooth headed bolt where the old screw and nut had been.  The garage door sounds so wonderful now compared to how it had these past 10 years.

Nov 18, 2011 10:46 AM #22
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