$1,000.00 Later the water heater was in. But is it installed correctly

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$1,000.00 Later the water heater was in. But is it installed correctly?

It seems most home owners find that time that a home appliance breaks down at the most inopportune time. But then is there ever  good time to have a home appliance break down? I think the answer to that is a solid "NO".

This home owner wanted to see if the install was correct. This is why they called Desert Sun Home Inspections to get a "Trust but verify inspection".

The water heater had broken down on a Sunday morning. The owners called the plumber wanting them to come out and replace the unit.

The plumbing company did come out and with all the Sunday and weekend charges the water heater ended up costing the home owner over $1,000.00 after all the fee's and taxes.

First the TRV line was replaced or re installed way too small. The plumbing companies know that if a new unit is installed then it has to meet the current codes and not be re installed the way the old unit was installed in the first place.

There was no sediment trap installed and the shut off was in a hard to reach place. The list goes on.

Take a look at what I found when inspecting this unit.

3/8 inch line for the TRV discharge line.

The line is too small. This will not let out enough pressure if the Relief valve ever needed to operate. This could cause the water heater to explode if not taken acre of.

Instead of adding screws to the main vent pipe. They just added a round of tape and never did secure the vent stack to the unit.

Here we have a look at the flue ring that was never re installed.

Flue ring never re installed.

Then there is the issues with the stack on the roof.

The home owner said the plumbers never di go up on the roof to see if there were any issues with the exhaust venting for the water heater.

But I did. And there were. Can you see what I found?

Off set exhaust piping for water heater.

If it was to rain. I know it's a very big if. But If it was to rain the rain would pour right down the piping onto the water heater.

Needless to say the plumbers are going to come out and look at what needs to be done. I think it's the least they can do for a $1,000.00 job.

If you have any appliances installed and you want to make sure they are installed the right way,

Call Desert Sun Home Inspections for a "Trust But Verify Inspection".

 

Remember.

Always get a professional certified home inspection.

 

If you are buying a home and want a very good home inspection. Call Clint McKie at 1-575-706-5586 Desert Sun Home Inspections can and will find the issues if there are any. We service Eddy, Lea and Chaves Counties in Southeast New Mexico.

Have a great day every one.

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Clint  McKie

Owner of Desert Sun Home Inspections Carlsbad, New Mexico. Eddy County's only certified home inspection service WITH OVER 30 YEARS EXPERIENCE. Serving all of South East New Mexico. We inspect the homes entire structure from the roof to the foundation, and everything in between. Most reports within 4-24 hours from time of inspection completion. We issue a PDF report with pictures Starting at $250.00 for each home inspection. Why settle for less when you can have the best?

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Rainmaker
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Clint Mckie
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Hi Fred,

At the time they had four girls at home and all wanting showers, wash their hair etc.

You get the picture. No waiting on this installation.

Have a good day in Land O Lakes.

Best, Clint McKie

Aug 20, 2013 07:29 PM #10
Rainmaker
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Clint Mckie
Desert Sun Home, commercial Inspections - Carlsbad, NM
Desert Sun Home, Comm. Inspection 1-575-706-5586

Hi David,

This is why I really try my best for each and every customer. No Matter who or where they are.

I want the referrals. I want to have repeat customers.

Have a great day in Darien, Ct.

Best, Clint McKie

Aug 20, 2013 07:31 PM #11
Rainmaker
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Clint Mckie
Desert Sun Home, commercial Inspections - Carlsbad, NM
Desert Sun Home, Comm. Inspection 1-575-706-5586

Hi Anita,

Out  of the blue came the call. I had done another Trust but verify close by, maybe the word is getting out.

Have a really good day in Warner Robins.

Best, Clint McKie

Aug 20, 2013 07:33 PM #12
Rainmaker
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Clint Mckie
Desert Sun Home, commercial Inspections - Carlsbad, NM
Desert Sun Home, Comm. Inspection 1-575-706-5586

Hi Adrian,

I think the installer will be back. The owners were not very happy with the results. They called because the flue ring had fell down and they were curious.

Have a good day in the Seattle area.

Best, Clint McKie

Aug 20, 2013 07:34 PM #13
Rainmaker
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Clint Mckie
Desert Sun Home, commercial Inspections - Carlsbad, NM
Desert Sun Home, Comm. Inspection 1-575-706-5586

Hi Marc,

I bet they don't get any money back, but I think they will be back to fix the heaters "Ill's".

Have a nice day in State College, Pa.

Best, Clint McKie

Aug 20, 2013 07:38 PM #14
Rainmaker
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Clint Mckie
Desert Sun Home, commercial Inspections - Carlsbad, NM
Desert Sun Home, Comm. Inspection 1-575-706-5586

Hi Steven,

The water heaters and furnaces here in New Mexico do not have to be strapped to the wall as I have seen in the West coast homes. No requirements for any strapping in N.M.

Have a great day in Federal Way Washington.

Best, Clint McKie

Aug 20, 2013 07:41 PM #15
Rainmaker
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Clint Mckie
Desert Sun Home, commercial Inspections - Carlsbad, NM
Desert Sun Home, Comm. Inspection 1-575-706-5586

Hi Tom,

I was wondering the same thing. The Valve is located right above the unitrol. I don't think there is a code of the location when building these units is there?

And yes, every inspection for any thing every one should use a Certified inspector.

Have a good day in The Chicagoland.

Best, Clint McKie

Aug 20, 2013 07:44 PM #16
Rainmaker
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Clint Mckie
Desert Sun Home, commercial Inspections - Carlsbad, NM
Desert Sun Home, Comm. Inspection 1-575-706-5586

Hi Barbara,

You would not believe the number of water heaters and furnaces I find that are not installed correctly.

The number would shock you. I don't thin there are many permits pulled for these and no follow up inspections because there was no permit pulled.

Have a nice day in The Rockwall Texas area today.

Best, Clint McKie

Aug 20, 2013 08:04 PM #17
Rainmaker
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Clint Mckie
Desert Sun Home, commercial Inspections - Carlsbad, NM
Desert Sun Home, Comm. Inspection 1-575-706-5586

Hi Jay,

In my honest opinion, there are about 80% of the water heaters installed around here that are not installed correctly.

IMO, the plumbers are relying on the home owners to never have the units inspected by a third party.

Have a great day in Bristow my friend.

Best, Clint McKie

Aug 20, 2013 08:06 PM #18
Rainmaker
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James Dray
Fathom Realty - Bentonville, AR
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Hi Clint did I see duct tape or was that the silver stuff?  I won't point any fingers yet.  :)

Aug 20, 2013 08:23 PM #19
Rainmaker
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Clint Mckie
Desert Sun Home, commercial Inspections - Carlsbad, NM
Desert Sun Home, Comm. Inspection 1-575-706-5586

Hi James,

No not any duct tape on this job. Maybe they should have used some to hold up the flue ring. NOT.

Have a good day in Rogers.

Best, Clint McKie

Aug 20, 2013 09:00 PM #20
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Conrad Allen
Re/Max Professional Associates - Webster, MA
Webster, Ma, Realtor

These people got screwed in so many different ways Clint.  Wow!

Aug 20, 2013 09:58 PM #21
Rainmaker
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Ginny Gorman
RI Real Estate Services ~ 401-529-7849~ RI Waterfront Real Estate - North Kingstown, RI
Homes for Sale in Southern RI and beyond

I am doing a blog about an air exchanger that a heating company put in that was not necessary for the poor seller...at a tune of $1000...we confronted the heating owner who did it and he was so nasty I could not believe it.  He is now blacklisted for any clients my office has...the seller who hired him was not represented by any agents in my office either...just I was the buyers agent...talk about a creep.

Aug 21, 2013 03:56 AM #22
Rainmaker
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Clint Mckie
Desert Sun Home, commercial Inspections - Carlsbad, NM
Desert Sun Home, Comm. Inspection 1-575-706-5586

Hi Conrad,

This is true. There are a lot of corners cut by the plumbing, electrical and A/C guys. Lucky there has not been more issues like a fire.

Have a great day in Webster my friend.

Best, Clint McKie

Aug 21, 2013 09:58 PM #23
Rainmaker
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Clint Mckie
Desert Sun Home, commercial Inspections - Carlsbad, NM
Desert Sun Home, Comm. Inspection 1-575-706-5586

Hello Ginny,

There are those who care and those who don't care at all.

I think your guy or the contractor in this case was in the latter group.

Have a better day in North Kingstown today.

Best, Clint McKie

Aug 21, 2013 10:00 PM #24
Rainmaker
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Rob Thomas
Prestige Homes of The Tri Cities, Inc. CALL....423-341-6954 - Bristol, TN
Bristol TN-VA & Tri Cities Agent, ABR, GRI, e-Pro

Clint ....Great info as always! Keep up the great work in Carlsbad!

Aug 23, 2013 08:12 AM #25
Rainmaker
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Clint Mckie
Desert Sun Home, commercial Inspections - Carlsbad, NM
Desert Sun Home, Comm. Inspection 1-575-706-5586

Hi Rob,

I hope you enjoyed your time off in the Great Smokey Mountains.

Have a great day in Bristol Tennessee my friend.

Best, Clint McKie

Aug 23, 2013 08:24 AM #26
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Juan Jimenez
A House on a Rock Home Inspections LLC - Richmond, VA
The Richmond Home Inspector
"I'm your water heater and you barely notice me. If you got me installed by a cheap plumber, I'm a safety hazard. And if you got some cut rate insurance plan...:)
Aug 25, 2013 10:42 AM #27
Rainmaker
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Clint Mckie
Desert Sun Home, commercial Inspections - Carlsbad, NM
Desert Sun Home, Comm. Inspection 1-575-706-5586

Hi Juan,

There is just too much of this going on.

This is why I offer what I call a "Trust But Verify Inspection".

This keeps everyone honest and to code when any appliance is upgraded.

Have a great day in the Richmond Area today.

Best, Clint McKie

Aug 25, 2013 08:10 PM #28
Rainmaker
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Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Thanks, Clint, for sharing this story. It is sad to see poor installations that may not be recognized by home owners.

Aug 27, 2013 10:45 PM #29
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