Inspection Training

How to Inspect the Drain Valve on the Water Heater

While the inspector is at the water heater they should check the drain valve to make sure that it is not leaking or is not capped off. If it has either of those defects it should be called out as Repair/Replace in your report. 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.
H. Operate any valve.
S. Test, operate, open or close: safety controls, manual stop valves, temperature/pressure relief valves, control valves, or check valves.

 

Axium SOP Differences

Axium Requires: The inspector should check the drain valve at the water heater to make sure that it isn’t capped off or leaking.

 

Tools Needed

No tools required to inspect the Drain Valve.

 

Procedure

  • While inspecting the water heater you will want to check the drain valve with your hand to make sure that there is no leaking or that it has not been capped off. There is no picture required for this section unless there is a defect.

 

Common Defects

  • The drain valve was leaking or capped off at the time of the inspection.

 

Common Mistakes

  • Not checking the drain valve with your hand to make sure there isn’t any leaking.

 

Report / Software

IN


  • There was a drain valve which was in serviceable condition at the time of the inspection.

NI

  • N/A

NP

  • N/A

RR

  • The drain valve was leaking at the water heater. A qualified contractor should evaluate and repair or replace as necessary.