Training on plumbing and saw this at a friend’s house. Seems totally wrong to me and looking for confirmation and any advice. Thank you!
-TPR discharge pipe is not approved material (PVC)
-No air gap at discharge
-Discharge not in conspicuous and observable location
-Discharge should not be connected directly to a drainage system
-Condensate pump is not designed to carry super heated water
There is nothing correct about that install!!
Assume you mean that the install is wrong, not that I’m wrong? Thank you for clarifying sir.
Yes. That setup is “totally wrong”.
You nailed it Jesse. Just a straight shot to the floor with CPVC pipe would work just fine.
Not only wrong, I can’t imagine what distorted logic would think it would work!
There are also too many bends, in addition to everything else
Jesse, when you are inspecting and you see a handyman special like this, pay careful attention to all the plumbing and electrical. Chances are you will find other safety issues from improper work.
It’s been my experience also that…
Almost always leads to…
Another example of why I quit asking “why” a long long time ago.
Now that it’s been confirmed Jesse that the TPR is plumbed incorrectly, what else in that room should have come to your attention?
I’d also say that the exhaust flue for the water heater should have 12 inch minimum of vertical rise before any bends.
What else?? Thanks!
Is that water supply to heater in contact with the flue? Where is the shut-off valve for it? Can it be operated “safely” what is the heat source of the heater? Where might any shut-off/disconnect be for the heat source? Can it be operated easily and safely? Where does the condensate pump drain to? How about the furnace? The TPR drain is blocking access to the gas valve. Speaking of which, is the gas line to the furnace painted black pipe or is it something else? Hard to tell from the picture. Not to squirrel out but, apart from plumbing, there are other things in that area that should be in your thoughts while you are there… Like Mr. Jonas mentioned, 1 red flag usually leads to more… your first picture has examples of other things to look for during an inspection that should be noted and investigated… Take into account what may be permissible in your area that may not be elsewhere and vise versa…
That’s quite a find. And wrong on so many levels.
Thank you! A number of those were things I actually had considered and I took pictures of them separately.
If you get to the steam point the water heater is airborne anyway!
Homeowner Harry (tenant in this case) “tinkering around” with something they know nothing about. So much for that insurance claim!!