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Old 05-04-2012, 09:01 PM   #1
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What are these pipes for? Why are they herr?


Have this bizarre looking pipe in m laundry room. A rectangle impression in the concrete where something heavy (obviously) use to be. I it looks like it use to have a gas hookup too?

Pictured is my current water heater, which looks like it has been tied into this exhaust pipe. Can't figure out what use to be there though.
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Old 05-04-2012, 09:11 PM   #2
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May have been an old heating sytem.
I be way more concerned with the totaly wrong plumbing and venting on that hot water heater then a low spot in the floor.

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So ideas on how to fix this?
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Most likely you had a gas fired boiler in that area. With the vent pipe open at the bottom, it allows CO to spill into that space from the water heater. You need to get it fixed. Who ever installed that Water heater without closing up the open flu, should be found and have their nuts placed into a pair of vice grips.
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As a temporary fix, can I just seal up that vent?
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No hangers on that CPVC piping just waiting to snap off and flood the room.
Heater not sitting on a stand.
Sure looks like a DIY plumbing job.
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As a temporary fix, can I just seal up that vent?
No. There is no such thing as a temporary fix. Because you no longer have a boiler venting, that flu may no longer be proper for the water heater going into it. You need to get a licensed qualified HVAC company to come in and look at it to make sure that it will be adequate for the water heater.

As for sealing those openings, they have caps that you can get at your local Menard's, Lowe's, Home Depot that will fit over those openings, but you also need to use the mastic for duct work and seal any gaps, along with using the foil tape for duct work, before applying the mastic.
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No hangers on that CPVC piping just waiting to snap off and flood the room.
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Heater not sitting on a stand.
Sure looks like a DIY plumbing job.

It does not appear to be attached to the heater
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As a temporary fix, can I just seal up that vent?
what vent are you referring to...

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