How to Inspect a Water Heater

When the team at Lancaster Property Inspections inspects water heaters, we are looking for several things. The biggest safety concern we have is ventilation. Out team wants to make sure carbon monoxide can’t backdraft due to a 90 degree angle or if the vent does not have a specific rise while the fumes exit the water heater. 

Once we clear the ventilation stages, we begin to look for current leaks, evidence of past leaks, corrosion, and proper connections. The state of Ohio generally has pretty hard water so corrosion is a common find on water heaters. The TPR valve, or Temperature Pressure Relief valve, will release water if the pressure or temperature in the tank reach unsafe levels. Rheem recommends that you replace the TPR valve every 5 years. The TRP valve should discharge around 6 inches from the drip pan.

The age of appliances are important to know. It will let you know that you may be towards the end of the water heater’s life span or a premature life span may tell you there is a bigger problem with your water. You can always set up a water test to find out if you have e. coli and total coliform in your water. Some real estate transaction will require this if your home uses well water. Soft water can make you water using appliances last 40-50% longer. If you would like us to go through your appliances and give you their current age, visual defects, improper connections-ventilation, than set your full home inspection or water test today.