Inspection Training

How to Inspect the Water Shut Off at the Water Heater

While the inspector is at the water heater the shut off valve should be checked visually and by lightly going over it with your had to check for any leaking or damage. Remember, we do not operate any valves as part of a home inspection. 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 will check for the presence of a water shut-off valve at the water heater and check for any general damage to the shut-off. We DO NOT operate the shut- off valve.

 

Tools Needed

No tools required to inspect the Water Shut-Offs.

Procedure

  • While inspecting the water heater you should check the water shut-off valve to make sure that it is present and there is no damage to the valve. We DO NOT operate this valve. There is one picture for this section and it is a close up picture of the valve where we can determine the color and the type of valve that is utilized for the water heater

Common Defects

  • The water shut-off valve was difficult to access or was damaged.
  • The water shut-off valve had a knob that was damaged, missing, or rubs against a wall or other obstruction that would make it difficult to operate.
  • The water shut-off valve was leaking, missing, seized, corroded, or not present.

 

Common Mistakes

  • Not checking the shut-off valve with your hand to feel for any leaking.
  • Not checking for the water shut-off valve.

 

Report / Software

IN


  • The water heater was equipped with a cold water supply shutoff valve with a [word 1] [word 2]. The valve was not operated during the inspection; however, it should be “exercised” periodically so that it will remain functional when the need arises.
    • Shutoff Color:
      • Black
      • Blue
      • Brass
      • Green
      • Orange
      • Red
      • Red and White
      • Silver
      • Black
      • White
      • Yellow
    • Shutoff Type:
      • Knob
      • Lever

NI

  • N/A

NP

  • The water heater did not have a shutoff valve installed at the cold water supply line.

RR

  • The water heater was equipped with a cold water supply shutoff valve with a [word 1] [word 2]. The shut-off valve [word 3]. A qualified contractor should evaluate and repair or replace as necessary.
    • Shutoff Color:
      • Black
      • Blue
      • Brass
      • Green
      • Orange
      • Red
      • Red and White
      • Silver
      • Black
      • White
      • Yellow
    • Shutoff Type:
      • Knob
      • Lever
    • Defect:
      • Access Difficult
      • Damaged
      • Knob (Damaged)
      • Knob (Missing)
      • Knob (Rubs)
      • Leaking
      • Missing
      • Seized
      • Was Corroded
      • Were Corroded
      • Were Not Present


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