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Old 01-27-2014, 06:38 PM   #1
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Problem in the water heater closet


I have my water heater in a closet that has a concrete floor. Well, there's a problem with that concrete floor. See attached. How do I fix this?
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Old 01-27-2014, 06:55 PM   #2
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How big is that gap? Why is it there?

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Old 01-27-2014, 07:23 PM   #3
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Unpressure treated wood in direct contact with concrete? Why is there wood there?
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Old 01-27-2014, 07:32 PM   #4
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This is how big the gap is (see attached). As to why it's there, I don't know. The home was a fixer-upper with many problems and this is one of them. I'm still in the process of fixing up this place, but the finish line is almost there.

The wood is the baseboards (only for that closet) that the previous owners put there.
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? Baseboard would be on top of a finished floor, and not recessed into what every that is on the wall.
Notice all the water stains on the wood?
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Old 01-27-2014, 07:48 PM   #6
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That is a chase way for pipes---to neaten that up---pack with insulation and then put a thin layer of patching cement over the insulation---if those pipes ever need service--the thin cement patch could be popped out---
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For some reason, the previous owners didn't finish putting the tile in that closet.

The water damage is probably from the water heater.

What kind of insulation? I'm familiar with the kind of insulation that goes in the attic, but not this kind of insulation.
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Anything that will hold up the cement---fiberglass---

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