WATER HEATER EXPLODES

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Home Inspector with EZ Rider Home Inspections LLC.

This is a great video of what can go wrong with water heaters if they are not installed correctly. It also shows what happens without proper maintenance. Please do not try this at home, as it may be hazzardous to your health

 

 

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Ellie McIntire
Ellicott City Clarksville Howard County Maryland Real Estate - Ellicott City, MD
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Good grief. I am running downstairs to check mine right now!

Jul 20, 2008 11:54 AM #1
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Veronica DeCarolis
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Scary video.  Glad this was just a test. Veronica

Jul 20, 2008 11:55 AM #2
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Erik Hitzelberger
RE/MAX Alliance - Louisville REALTOR-Luxury Homes - Louisville, KY
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Wow.  That was impressive.  I check mine evry year, but I think I'll go do it again now.  BTW, who selected the music for that video.  It seemed comically out of place.

Jul 20, 2008 12:12 PM #3
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Don Rider
EZ Rider Home Inspections LLC. - Bossier City, LA
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Ellie, Veronica and Erik, Glad to here from you. It does make you want to insure it works right.
Jul 20, 2008 12:43 PM #4
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Trey Affolter
Keller Williams Realty - Tacoma, WA
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Thanks for the warning; I don't think I'll try it.

Jul 20, 2008 07:19 PM #5
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Kevin Corsa
H.I.S. Home Inspections (Summit, Stark Counties) - Canton, OH
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Not a very likely scenario in a home ( I have never heard of one actually doing that), but a remote possibility. I try not to scare clients into action, or be an alarmist.

Jul 20, 2008 11:25 PM #6
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Don Rider
EZ Rider Home Inspections LLC. - Bossier City, LA
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Trey and Kevin, Thanks for theespionse.
Jul 21, 2008 05:08 AM #7
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Dana Bostick
True Professionals, Inc. - North Hollywood, CA
There is an even better video on youtube Look for Mythbusters-Exploding Water Heater. Fun to watch, not fun to have happen. I always make a bit of a big deal out of this when found. It's a very dangerous condition. sometimes it is important to be a bit of an alarmist so they get the point and not just blow it off. (no pun intended)
Jul 22, 2008 03:44 AM #8
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Don Rider
EZ Rider Home Inspections LLC. - Bossier City, LA
Shreveport Bossier Home Inspector
Dana, thanks for the info.
Jul 23, 2008 02:59 AM #9
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Russel Ray, San Diego Business & Marketing Consultant & Photographer
Russel Ray - San Diego State University, CA
Hey, Don. I see Kevin Corsa's comment. Actually, exploding water heaters are way too common. We had two here in San Diego in 2003 within months of each other. Additionally, I know of at least two recent ones, one in Phoenix and one in Charlotte. See my blog at my home inspection company for the links to those two, as well as to the Mythbusters YouTube video. My specific post on the topic is at http://activerain.com/blogsview/872137/How-to-get-your-water-heater-to-turn-into-a-rocket-pictures-and-videos-included
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