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In my line of work I get an opportunity to see a lot of interesting things. While inspecting a property in the Brentwood, TN area the other day, I came across this unique installation for a pair of water heaters. As these are natural vent water heaters, the stacks are supposed to be at an incline to allow spent gasses to rise and vent to the exterior. Also, the size of the pipe is supposed to increase in diameter when you connect two gas appliances to one vent.

This installation is wrong because the vents are run in a horizontal orientation and the stack size remains the same. This installation will allow CO to spill into the basement section of the property. Also the TPR valves are missing extensions but that is another blog.

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Thanks, Michael

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May 14, 2008 10:56 PM #1
Randy Prothero
eXp Realty - Mililani, HI
Hawaii REALTOR, (808) 384-5645

Our hot water heaters here in Hawaii are mostly electric or solar.

May 14, 2008 11:02 PM #2
Stanton Homes
Stanton Homes - New Home Builder - Raleigh, NC
Design/Build Custom Home Builder in North Carolina

Hope they have a carbon monoxide alarm.   Are you seeing much in the way of tankless water heaters?  Any problems popping up with those?

May 14, 2008 11:05 PM #3
Russ Ravary ~ Metro Detroit Realtor call (248) 310-6239
Real Estate One - Commerce, MI
Michigan homes for sale ~

Michael you are a step above many inspectors.  Do you want to move to Michigan.  We can use a great inspector like you 

May 14, 2008 11:24 PM #4
Charles McDonald
Charlottesville Real Estate Solutions - Charlottesville, VA
REALTOR®, Blogger, Principal Broker®, Owner

LOL, Not to mention the overflow valve should be extended to the floor (at least in our area)...

May 14, 2008 11:50 PM #5
Sonja Babic
Sonja Babic/PRIME Realty NC, LLC - New Bern, NC
New Bern NC, PRIME Realty NC, LLC

I love you photos! Keep them coming and hopefully we will all learn thing or two. 

May 15, 2008 12:06 AM #6
Charles Buell
Charles Buell Inspections Inc. - Seattle, WA
Seattle Home Inspector

Michael, isn't it amazing how many things can be "wrong" with water heater installations?

May 15, 2008 01:23 AM #7
Benjamin Clark
Homebuyer Representation, Inc. - Salt Lake City, UT
Buyer's Agent - Certified Negotiation Expert

Love the photo of the day entries! Keep it up!

May 16, 2008 11:51 AM #8
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