I’m fairly new to the NACHI boards and I hate to post two questions almost back-to-back but here goes…
In the past I’ve seen CPVC connected directly to the water heater and have written it up with the following:
Currently, CPVC piping is connected directly to the water heater. The Plastic Pipe and Fittings Association (PPFA) recommends, “that on gas water heaters there should be at least 6 inches of clearance between the exhaust flue and any CPVC piping. Twelve inch long metal nipples or appliance connectors should be connected directly to the heater so that the CPVC tubing cannot be damaged by the build-up of excessive radiant heat from the flue.” I recommend a licensed plumber inspect further and repair as necessary.
Attached is the PPFA document I quote. It’s on the second PDF (Page 7) since I had to break it up into 3 PDF files to bypass the 256K upload limit for PDF files.
Do you agree/disagree with this write-up? If you agree, and this is what I saw yesterday, what if the lines are wrapped in an insulation sleeve? If the problem with CPVC connected directly to the WH is due to the radiant heat from the flue, would insulated sleeves remedy that problem? Or, if the heat from the flue can cause problems to the CPVC, would it also cause problems to an insulated sleeve?
Thanks guys in advance…I really appreciate this community of experts (and all the rest of you too:))!