Inspection Training

How to Inspect the Water Pipe Connections on the Water Heater

When the inspector is at the water heater the water pipe connections need to be checked for any leaking or corrosion. Make sure to use your hands while checking these pipes because the leak could be too small to see visually. 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:



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



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 will check the water pipe connections at the water heater for any general damage.


Tools Needed

No tools required to inspect the Water Pipe Connections.


  • While inspecting the water heater you should check the water pipe fittings that are going into the water heater for any damage, leaking, or corrosion. If there are no defects, there is one picture for this section and it should be a close up picture of the pipes going into the water heater.


Common Defects

  • The water pipe fittings were corroded, leaking, or damaged.


Common Mistakes

  • Not completely checking the water pipe fittings and touching the pipes with your hand to feel for any leaking.


Report / Software


  • Water pipe fittings connected to the water heater appeared to be in serviceable condition at the time of the inspection.


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  • Pipe fittings at the water heater [word 1]. A qualified contractor should evaluate and repair or replace as necessary and according to current standards.
    • Corroded
    • Corroded and Leaking
    • Damaged
    • Heavily Corroded
    • Leaking