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Be sure to get your water heater inspected and pressure relief valve looked at.

This water heater exploded.

Also... see this video


Comments (12)

Steve Shatsky
Dallas, TX

Yikes!  That looks pretty bad.  I am guessing that the HW Heater was located in the attic above the garage to have done that much damage to the roof structure?

Aug 15, 2008 03:09 PM
Wayne B. Pruner
Oregon First - Tigard, OR
Tigard Oregon Homes for Sale, Realtor, GRI

Great picture John. Pressure relief valves are much cheaper than this repair. Always install a new one with the new water heater.

Aug 15, 2008 03:25 PM
Denise Shockey
RE/MAX Aerospace Realty - Cocoa Beach, FL
Cocoa Beach, Brevard County Florida Real Estate

Wow, that's some serious damage.  How often should they be inspected? 

Aug 15, 2008 03:29 PM
Mike Wong
Keller Williams Realty Southwest - Sugar Land, TX
Realtor: Commercial, Residential, Leasing, Invest

Im speachless........

Aug 15, 2008 03:34 PM
Bob & Carolin Benjamin
Benjamin Realty LLC - Gold Canyon, AZ
East Phoenix Arizona Homes

Oh my goodness. This is seriously a bad situation. We have seen these sorts of issues before and they are never good.

Aug 15, 2008 06:10 PM
Donna Yates
BHGRE - Metro Brokers - Blue Ridge, GA
Blue Ridge Mountains

Oh My Gosh!  I've heard of this happening before but most people tell me it's very rare.  After seeing this picture, I think I will certainly give it more priority.  I hope no one was injured.

Aug 17, 2008 02:07 AM
John McKenna
InfraredClass.com - Dallas, TX

Have your water heater inspected once a year.  Change out your T&P valve every two years.

See Video



Aug 19, 2008 05:07 PM
Pippa Mac
Chevaux Group Realtor, The Woodlands and Spring - The Woodlands, TX
The Woodlands TX Real Estate

Thanks for sharing John!

Sep 10, 2008 03:34 AM
Brian Lee Burke
Kenna Real Estate - Lone Tree, CO
Broker & Advising Expert-Kenna Luxury Real Estate

Ouch, did it shoot through the roof there? Duh, I guess I can watch the you-tube - never mind - Thanks for sharing. ~Rita

Sep 20, 2008 02:29 PM
Harold Miller
Miller Home Inspection - Stanwood, WA
Certified Professional Home Inspector

John, That is a great example of what can go wrong with a hot water tank. The Mythbusters episode is great too. It really illustrates the danger involved when the equipment is deficient.

Aug 15, 2009 03:30 AM
Andy Chaudoir
Professional Inspection Services - Georgetown, Texas - Georgetown, TX
Your Home Inspection Connection in Central Texas

That's incredible.  I always tell my customers to make sure they change out their pressure relief valve every other year.  Thanks for the link as well.

Dec 14, 2009 05:07 PM
Brenda Harmon
Century 21 Beal, Inc College Station, Texas - College Station, TX


Powerful picture.  Any dangers other than water leaks from tankless water heaters?


Feb 04, 2010 12:59 AM