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Old 02-27-2014, 05:41 PM   #1
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What possible problems with unpermitted water heater?


We are looking at a house where the water heater has been moved outside. While this is generally a good thing, the install has no permits. What possible problems can exist with an installation like that with no permits?

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The fact that it lacks a permit tells you nothing. What is important is whether it was correctly installed, and meets code. This can be verified by hiring a plumber to inspect the installation.

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Outside by outside do we mean it gets rained on? Or do we mean outside into a garage?
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It is installed in a roofed shed outside the house. May have a plumber look at it.
I would think it easy to keep an outside water heater in code. Exhaust venting, its outside already. Earthquake straps. Base of heater a certain distance above the ground.
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Your in my neck of the woods....

As long as it has straps....PRV is vented outside the shed....proper vent pipe used (no flex pipe). Shut off valve at the WH...with proper dirt trap.

I believe that you now have to have it wrapped in insulation...which is a good thing.

If you want...post pics....it will make it easier to tell you if anything.

You can call the building and safety office to see what permits have been pulled on the house. If a lot of stuff was done without a permit...then you can either walk away and get your deposit back or use it as a bargaining tool to get the price down.

If you do buy the house....they will come out and inspect it...there might be a slight extra fee...but better safe than sorry.

If they did a remodel of something without a permit...and your thinking of changing it...then pull permits as if you were going to do it....then have them inspect it at the normal steps. If you are redoing something, they are not going to care about previous work...just the new stuff.
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