Then, lift it up, slide the pan under, and gently set it down into the pan. Well there was no consensus definition of what a furred space was, creating numerous problems. Remember the closet that the heater is in is required to have high and low fresh air venting. If you do need to drill, place the hole close to the bottom. Presumably, I am guessing it is to alleviate a plumber from installing a drain pipe across an existing building. Some pans have a knockout in the side for a drain attachment, and some you will have to drill a hole.
All new water heater installations require a drain pan and drain. I have seen people fixate and insist though. A washing machine upstairs without a drain pan is a disaster waiting to happen. Get this plumber's boss involved. Step 10 - Reattach All the pipes that were removed have to be attached back to the water heater. The primer cleans the surface of the plastic and makes it softer. Is it a requirement that it be vented? An example of a furred space is a raised platform in a garage, on which a water heater is installed.
Since our heater is located in the garage, by code, it does not need a drip pan. Whatever else you do, I don't think anyone should charge for such makeshift installation. This site is free, ad free, pop-up free and made possible by: Water Heater Drip Pan Drain Author: Anonymous User I'll be building my water heater closet today and installing the drip pan for the water heater. This will prevent some water from spilling onto the floor, but how much, really? These are all common sense things. Note that many pans have a discharge hole which should be pointed in the direction you wish drainage to flow. Try to select a water heater that is similar in size and shape to the one being replaced.
Most municipalities require that drain lines empty water into a floor drain or outdoors. He says a pan will prevent water damage if there is a leak. And everyone knows to have a backup valve in case the floodstop fails. No one thinks that preventative maintenance is necessary when they have to pay for it in advance. Full Name Use your real name Email Password Use at least 12 characters.
These three sources show that since the early nineties the need for a drain pan is established but where installation is required has evolved based on damage potential. The trap won't dry up unless you have a very dry house. The House Detective: by Barry Stone, Certified Home Inspector Dear Barry: I am a real estate broker and am trying to resolve a difference of opinion between my plumber and my favorite home inspector. The second issue is the wording in the home inspection report. It is placed under the water heater and is an extremely important safety feature.
Water heaters need to be flushed every 6 months or yearly. While we hope you find this series of articles about home inspection helpful, they should not be considered an alternative to an actual home inspection by a local inspector. Hi William, Thanks for your comment. Water runs all over your floors, soaking into your drywall, and other features susceptible to water damage. Is there a better solution than the brass elbow I can use for the drains? Not one condo in this 256 unit place has a pan nor has any other inspector required it before, but this particular one has put it in the report.
Re: Drip pan under water heater If your concern is what to do if there is a leak and you can't drain the pan the solution is to put the water heater in a pan, and then install a water detector alarm. We are exclusively for plumbing questions. So more homeowner magic was done: What started as an inexpensive hot water heater pan oversight was transformed into a complete remodel of a far higher dollar value. This causes the tanks to leak, and in some cases, rupture, dumping the water contained inside the tank. Given his natural fur vest, he has never been cold. I'm in Washington state where we generally have mild winters. The plumber says there is no code requirement for a pan.
They will eventually cover the lower heating element, The element can corrode, break, and or short it out. You may freely link to this site, and use it for non-commercial use subject to our. A drain pan is not required for a water heater in a garage. Unless the water heater pan can be safely drained. I advise the Client whenever a water heater is installed in the garage without a safety pan, if the water heater shares an adjacent wall to a living area.