Water Heater Back drafting?

Gentlemen, Ladies

This appears to me as back drafting, Inlet nipple has melted. Your thoughts are welcomed.

Looks to me like a 15-20+ year old WH that needs replacement!

My thoughts?

Report it an move on.

It’s broken.

My first thought is, wow, someone actually put a screw in the draft hood.

I think you are right on the back drafting.

What kind of a home inspector does not perform a draft test on a WH???

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You don’t know what you don’t know until you know;-)