Inspection Training

How to Inspect for Water Heater Leakage

While the inspector is at the water heater they should check for any signs of leaking on the flooring underneath the water heater. If it is dry there should just be a picture taken that shows there is no water leaking under the water heater. If there are signs of water heater leakage a picture should be taken to show that leakage. Please review the entire procedure below.

NACHI SOP

International Standards of Practice for Performing a General Home Inspection

 

3.6. Plumbing

 

I. The inspector shall inspect:

C. The water heating equipment, including the energy source, venting connections, temperature/pressure-relief (TPR) valves, Watts 210 valves, and seismic bracing.

 

II. The inspector shall describe:

N/A

 

III. The inspector shall report as in need of correction:

N/A

 

IV. The inspector is not required to:

B. Measure the capacity, temperature, age, life expectancy or adequacy of the water heater.

 

Axium SOP Differences

Axium Requires: The inspector should check the area around the water heater for any previous or current leaking.

 

Tools Needed

No tools required to check the Water Heater Leakage.

 

Procedure

  • While inspecting the water heater you will want to check the entire area around the unit for any signs of previous or current leaking. If there are no leaks there is just one picture required for this section which should be a few feet away from the water heater and show the floor around it is dry and has no signs of leaking.

Common Defects

  • The water heater capacity is not enough for a large jet powered tub.
  • The water heater did not work, had rust stains on exterior, or is concealed behind a wall or insulation.
  • The water heater is leaning and needs to be secured.
  • The water heater is located below ground level in the crawlspace.
  • The water heater is missing panel covers, showed signs of previous/current leaks, or was empty during the inspection.
  • The water heater was leaking at the time of the inspection.
  • The water heater was not on at the time of the inspection.
  • The water heater was tested with an amperage meter and indicated that either the bottom or the top element needs replacement, or thermostat needs replacing.

 

Common Mistakes

  • Not checking around the water heater for any signs of leakage.

 

Report / Software

IN


  • No leaks from the water heater tank were present at the time of the inspection.

NI

  • N/A

NP

  • N/A

RR

  • The water heater [word 1]. A qualified contractor should evaluate and repair or replace as necessary. -Capacity may not be enough for large jet powered tub.
    • Did not work (no hot water).
    • Had rust stains on exterior indicating previous leakage.
    • Is concealed behind a wall.
    • Is concealed in an insulation jacket.
    • Is leaning and needs to be secured.
    • Is located below ground level in crawl space.
    • Is old, rusted, and at the end of its life expectancy.
    • Missing both panel covers.
    • Missing panel cover.
    • Showed signs of previous or current leaks.
    • Was empty during inspection and circuit breaker off.
    • Was empty during inspection but circuit breaker was on.
    • Was leaking at the time of the inspection.
    • Was not on during inspection.
    • Was not on upon arrival for inspection.
    • Was tested with an amperage meter which indicated bottom element or thermostat needs replacing.
    • Was tested with an amperage meter which indicated top element or thermostat needs replacing.


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