Inspection Training

How to Inspect the Water Heater Location

When the inspector is at the water heater they will want to make note of the location. Please review the entire procedure below.



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:
E. The capacity of the water heating equipment, if labeled.


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



IV. The inspector is not required to:

A. Light or ignite pilot flames.
B. Measure the capacity, temperature, age, life expectancy or adequacy of the water heater.
C. Inspect the interior of flues or chimneys, combustion air systems, water softener or filtering systems, well pumps or tanks, safety or shut-off valves, floor drains, lawn sprinkler systems, or fire sprinkler systems.
H. Operate any valve.
Q. Evaluate wait time to obtain hot water at fixtures, or perform testing of any kind to water heater elements.
R. Evaluate or determine the adequacy of combustion air.
S. Test, operate, open or close: safety controls, manual stop valves, temperature/pressure relief valves, control valves, or check valves.
V. Inspect or test for gas or fuel leaks, or indications thereof.


Axium SOP Differences

Axium Requires: The inspector should comment on the location of the water heater.


Tools Needed

No tools required to inspect the Water Heater Location.



  • The inspector shall determine where the water heater is located at the property. There are no pictures required for this section.


Common Defects

  • No defects for this section.


Common Mistakes

  • Not reporting on the location of the water heater or reporting on the wrong location.


Report / Software


  • The water heater was located in the [word 1].
    • Attic
    • Basement
    • Basement Mechanical Room
    • Crawlspace
    • Garage
    • Garage Closet
    • Hallway Closet
    • Laundry Room
    • Mechanical Room


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