Water Heater in Crawlspace?

Originally Posted By: apeden
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Today I inspected a house with the water heater in the crawlspace. It was an electric model and it was setting right on the dirt floor. This was a new construction home and the builder was on site. When I asked him about the W/H setting on the dirt floor he said “that the plumber he used said it was alright and that he does it that way all the time.”


Am I mistaken or is it OK for a water heater to set right on the dirt floor?


I need some input! I want to make sure I tell my clients that right information. ![nachi_sarcasm.gif](upload://6HQh6KbNiD73gqTNQInjrR2zeJw.gif)

Thanks,
Anthony


Originally Posted By: bking
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Not right, put on bricks at least ,those things don’t last very long in crawls anyway.



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Originally Posted By: jpope
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Must be on a concrete slab or other approved material.


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Originally Posted By: jwortham
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Kind of like this one?



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Originally Posted By: thejnicki
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Common sense tells me you are correct. Soil contains moisture and moisture can damage the integrity of the water heater body??


Dont back down you are correct.


Originally Posted By: apeden
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Thanks guys. I will stick to my guns on this one! icon_wink.gif


Anthony


Originally Posted By: jtroth
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definitely wrong, the life span of that heater will be dramatically reduced.



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Originally Posted By: jspringstead
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There were 2 50 gallon units, 12 years old. One was burried.


Originally Posted By: rmoewe
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Be careful Anthony. You have to remember we live in TN. I see them lkie that all the time. They shoud be elevated 4 inches, since we don’t have any water in our crawls around here. icon_lol.gif


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Originally Posted By: apeden
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That’s right. No water in crawlspaces around here!


Thanks, ![icon_cool.gif](upload://oPnLkqdJc33Dyf2uA3TQwRkfhwd.gif)