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?
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