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Water heater installation defects


The water heater is one of the most important appliances in your home, but it's also one of the most expensive. And because it's hidden

away in the basement or attic, you probably don't think about it until something goes wrong. A water heater that doesn't work properly can become a major problem quickly, so knowing how to identify installation defects will save you time and money down the road.

How often should a water heater be replaced

Replacing your water heater is a big decision. Here are some things to consider:

  • Water heaters have a lifespan of 10-15 years, but they're not designed to last forever. If you have an older model that's nearing the end of its life, it's time to start thinking about replacing it. Replacing a water heater can be expensive and labor intensive, so make sure you have the right tools before attempting a DIY project!

  • Water heaters can break down at any time—not just when they're old or in need of repair. Water heaters also pose a risk for home fires if they malfunction or break down completely, which can cause significant damage to your property if not handled properly by professional installers.

I am about to buy an older home with an existing water heater. What do I need to know about it

Before you buy an older home, it's a good idea to check the water heater for defects. Look for rust, corrosion, cracks and missing parts. Make sure it has proper venting as well.

Is my water heater properly vented

As you’re probably aware, a water heater needs to be vented to the outside of the house. You’ll need to check with your local building codes on what type of venting system is required for your home. This can range from simply connecting it directly through the wall with a short section of pipe (called an open flue) or installing a long chimney and venting it outside at least three feet above any roof and away from windows, doors or vents.

If you don't vent your water heater properly and it starts leaking carbon monoxide into your living space, this could lead to serious health consequences like dizziness or even death! If you suspect that there's something wrong with how your water heater was installed, consult with a professional plumber immediately!

A home inspection will expose defects in your water heater installation

A Cincinnati home inspection will expose defects in your water heater installation. A home inspection is an opportunity to get to know your home and the systems that make it run smoothly. It can help you make a more informed decision about buying or selling a home, while also providing peace of mind that you’re getting a quality product and installation.


The best way to protect yourself is to hire a professional home inspector. A trained eye can identify these defects before they become an expensive problem, so don’t hesitate to call us if you have any questions about your water heater installation or are in need of an inspection.

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