Found a natural gas hot water heater in a garage closet that had been installed at floor level. I’ve seen gas water heaters in closet in garages before and always, without exception they are 18 inches above the floor level.
I flagged this as a safety concern and recommended that the buyer obtain further information from a qualified technician.
The closet had a self-closing metal door.
Another thing was that in addition to a six-inch fresh air intake pipe there was a vent high up on the wall that connected with the kitchen.
Another safety issue as far as I was concerned.
So I get a call from the owner’s father … he is upset because he made a few phone calls and some plumber told him the tank was perfectly okay, and the vent to the kitchen was okay.
So I told him, you get that in writing and give it to the buyer.
This is one unit in a townhouse complex that is about 12 years old. Apparently all the gas hot water tanks have been installed in this way.