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Little Orphan Water Heater

This post could be called Little Orphan Water Heater, but it should be called Really Big Orphan Water Heater.

Big John here is left over from a previous era. 

He is a strapping fellow.  With straps.

Remember the Jimmy Dean song, "Big Bad John"...?

May I change the lyrics a bit?

Every mornin' in the basement you could see him arrive,
He stood six foot six and weighed 945,
Kinda broad at the shoulder and straight at the hip,
And everybody knew you didn't give no lip to Big John.

Big John.  Big John.  Big bad John.

Big John was made in January 1984.  He is still hooked up to the house plumbing!  But he doesn't work.  There is another newer water heater in place upstream from him!  But Big John is still full of water!

Surely Big John has seen better days.  And he seems to know it, weeping and such.

He comes with friends.

See the two insulated pipes on the front?  They go all over and through the house, to the roof on the far, far side.

There they attach into four big, like Big John, big  solar collectors, long since being able to heat whatever is in the pipes.  In that era the pipes were often filled with silicone, but I don't know what's in them.

And the straps on this strapping fellow?

Apparently at some point Big John had a blow out!  And the straps are keeping him together.  We all know, peeling skin isn't fun.

What about all this?  Would you want to buy it?  Would you want to have to get rid of it?

My client didn't either.

His question to me was obvious - how much would it cost to remove all this? 

My answer was obvious - I don't know!  And beyond, are there environmental implications for getting rid of what's in the pipes and the elements in the solar panels?  If so, those removal and disposal costs could soar!

Why hasn't this home owner taken the system apart and gotten rid of it before now?

Probably cost!

So, my client has asked that all this be removed and disposed of prior to purchase.  There were other things in the house too, but Big John  is the Big Request.

My recommendation:  you can't ignore the big gorilla in the room forever.  I expect nobody would want to buy this stuff and then have to remove it.  But that is just me.  In this case, my client doesn't want to inherit it! 

Big Bad John...

You're going to be singing the song for the rest of the day, right?

 

Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC  

Based in Bristow, serving all of Northern Virginia.

Office (703) 330-6388   Cell (703) 585-7560

www.jaymarinspect.com


Comment balloon 11 commentsJay Markanich • February 13 2015 04:12AM

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Good morning, Jay Markanich OMG...I've never seen anything like that.... do they have hot water in that house???  and no leaks??? the bottom is going to let go.....it looks like it over ate and nothing fits!!!!

Posted by Barbara Todaro, "Franklin MA Homes" (RE/MAX Executive Realty ) over 3 years ago

Good morning Jay. I do remember that song well and think your analogy is apt. Get it out...poor big bad John.

Posted by Sheila Anderson, The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133 (Referral Group Incorporated) over 3 years ago

Barbara - although Big John is hooked up to the house, he is full of water, he doesn't work and there is a newer water heater upstream from him!  Send me a video of you singing the song please.

Sheila - perhaps easier said than done!

 

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 3 years ago

I hope the sellers will remove it quickly . If I were the listing agent I would be worried about it being there incase it leaks and causes damage.

Posted by Gita Bantwal, REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel (RE/MAX Centre Realtors) over 3 years ago

Gita - this is both a problem and one perhaps waiting to happen!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 3 years ago

Yep---singing the song.  That is certainly a detriment to any quick closing!

Posted by Cara Marcelle Mancuso, Call a Marana neighbor, I'm THERE! LONG REALTY (Long Realty - Dove Mountain, Marana AZ) over 3 years ago

Cara - yep, it has thrown a Big Bad Wrench into the works.  Sorry about the song...

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 3 years ago

There is a Big Bad John in the room Jay Markanich that may be distracting buyers, I vote for a new water heater installation now!

Posted by Tom Arstingstall, General Contractor, Dry Rot, Water Damage Sacramento, El Dorado County - (916) 765-5366, General Contractor, Dry Rot and Water Damage (Dry Rot and Water Damage www.tromlerconstruction.com Mobile - 916-765-5366) over 3 years ago

There is one Tom.  Smaller, and newer.  But this guy is still hooked up to everything!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 3 years ago

I see an eruption in Big Bad Johns future!

Thanks for the song of the day... I appreciate that very much 

Posted by Fred Hernden, CMI, Albuquerque area Master Inspector (Superior Home Inspections - Greater Albuquerque Area) over 3 years ago

Maybe Fred!  If'n they don't send Big John to the orphanage.  And I liked Mr. Dean's music and now his sausage!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 3 years ago

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