I was just talking to an agent about a house he has listed.
He showed me how the water heater is located in a utility closet in the middle of the house. The TPR discharge pipe just ends at the floor of the closet.
Obviously, that isn’t right.
The issue faced is there is no where to run it to.
The foundation is slab, so running it under the house is out.
The utility closet is in the middle of the house, so getting a pipe to the outside isn’t possible without running it through the middle of a room.
There seemed to be no logical way to run a discharge pipe that would be acceptable.
House was built in the late 1950’s, well before TPR valves were required, so it’s not a builders defect (yes, the water heater itself was newer).
We were both perplexed as to what would be the proper thing to do (short of relocating the water heater).
(Sorry, no pictures).