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Askew, Askant And Aslant

What do you do on new construction when the water heater is every bit of askew, askant and aslant?

What, you say?

Isn't a water heater supposed to be straight up and down and rest flat on the floor?

Well, yes, yes it should.

In some places they even strap them so they not only are straight and rest flat, but don't move.  Here they are not strapped, but still they should be plumb and flat on the floor.

This one is not only askew, askant and aslant, but it wobbles dramatically as well.

This isn't good since the plumbing is plastic and can so easily snap.

Why does it wobble?

There's something underneath!

I think one of the toys from the plumber's Happy Meal fell out of the box and underneath the heater during lunch, and he couldn't get it out.

That's unfortunate.  Those toys are collectible!  You can get a whole set.

My recommendation:  while not impressive in any good way, this installation is remarkable to say the least!   I have to say, I can't remember the last time where was such a dramatic wobbling or angle to a water heater!  We inspectors see the new and weird all the time!  This is no exception.  After the inspection, it took a while to level my head...

 

 

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 16 commentsJay Markanich • June 01 2015 02:43AM

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Wow - Jay - some days are better than others - are you sure it was a happy meal toy? It might have been a lego piece or thomas the tank engine! 

Posted by Lise Howe, Assoc. Broker and Attorney Licensed in DC, MD, VA, (Keller Williams Capital Properties) about 3 years ago

Jay, was this inspection up around Norfolk?  That water heater looks like it was torpedoed and is listing 10 degrees to starboard!

Posted by Bruce Walter (Keller Williams Realty Lafayette/West Lafayette, Indiana) about 3 years ago

It very well could have been Lise.  I was thinking most likely, but who knows what some people have in the tool bag.

If there is any shaking the plumbing could be torpedoed in this house Bruce.  But, not near Norfolk!

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

Good morning Jay.  Is that water stains I see around it?  Hard to tell... 

Posted by James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results (Fathom Realty AR LLC) about 3 years ago

Oh vey.  You're right, in 100 yrs from now, those will be priceless.

Posted by Debbie Gartner, The Flooring Girl & Blog Stylist -Dynamo Marketers (The Flooring Girl) about 3 years ago

Sad.  Once those things are full of water, they are a tad heavy.

Posted by Lenn Harley, Real Estate Broker - Virginia & Maryland (Lenn Harley, Homefinders.com, MD & VA Homes and Real Estate) about 3 years ago

Jay Markanich YIKES Batman! This is an absolute disaster just waiting to rear it's ugly head. If nothing else, a fractured pipe and a nice domestic flood.

Posted by Sandy Padula and Norm Padula, JD, GRI, Presence, Persistence & Perseverance (Realty National) about 3 years ago

Incredible.... made me think at what point, after they finished, stepped back and looked at the finished product and said to themselves... "Now that is a great job and it looks perfect! Hey, where's my toy?"

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

Wonder how the sellers did not notice this when purchasing the home...Never a dull moment in real estate.

Posted by Ritu Desai, Virginia Realtor-Fairfax/Loudoun/PW-703-625-4949 (Samson Properties) about 3 years ago

Yes, James, the plumbing is being tested and it leaks a bit when they fill it up.

In 100 years Debbie?

Lenn - 50 gallons, at 8.16 pounds per gallon, plus the weight of the unit.

S&N - if some movement caused the plumbing to break, as you suggest, this would be a flooded basement beyond belief by the time people got home!

Fred - how can you look at that and be satisfied?  And not kidding about something underneath it causing a wobble.  Thinking Happy Meal!

It's new construction Ritu, so my client is the first buyer!

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

Jay- if that thing wibble-wobbled in the wrong direction, can you imagine !!!

Posted by Kathy Streib, Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224 (Room Service Home Staging) about 3 years ago

It did Kathy.  It would move in most any direction.

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

Jay,

As I zoomed in on the picture i noticed the floor is wet behind the water heater!  And then I noticed the footer for the support beam is not finished!

I hope this wasn't a final inspection.

Posted by Stephen Weakley (Nationwide Mortgage Services) about 3 years ago

The plumbing was being tested and it spilled when they filled up the drain lines Stephen.  None of the footers are finished yet.  Good thing too, because one was dramatically out of plumb.

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

I have a question... if not completely level will it hurt the operation of the water heater. I did read that the plastic piping could snap... just needed to ask because I am so curious. 

Posted by Sussie Sutton, UTR TEXAS Realtors - Rep for buyers and sellers. (UTR Texas Realtors) about 3 years ago

I'm not sure about the operation of the heater Sussie, but why not be level?  As to the pipes, yes!

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

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