Video Transcript
Dylan: Hi everyone. Dylan Wolf here with Windermere Real Estate. And as part of our home inspection series, we are here with Hamed from Caspian Home Inspections, and today you’re going to show us what you’re going to inspect with a water heater?
Hamed: Yeah, generally we want to talk about the plumbing system. So water, it is part of our plumbing system we are just going to check. Make sure that… There are some factors and items that we are looking for that, for example, we just want to make sure that they have straps one top, one down, and we’re just going to check this connection.
Dylan: This always comes back on inspections.
Hamed: Yes, true. This is safety things just for your… Because Seattle is an area that maybe have earthquake. So we just want to make sure that our water heater is secure. And also we’re just going to check some pipes on the top, make sure we have a pressure tank here, and also hot water, cold water coming down. And we also want to make sure that for some area that we just want to make sure that it’s 18 inches above the floor for safety things, because we have a gas here which is a flame right here. We just want to make sure that it’s 18 inches above, which is a safety thing. Hazards [crosstalk 00:01:13]-
Dylan: In case of flooding?
Hamed: Yeah, it’s just because of the gas, for example, because we park our car here and there’s gas around here, so we just want to make sure that the flame is out of our sparks. This pipe [inaudible 00:01:25] involved, we want to make sure that this is a good material, is the right material because some materials like PVC is wrong kind of the material for pipe, is not used or some corrugated material like corrugated pipe you’re not supposed to use.
Hamed: We just going to check the safety. It’s a safety thing so we just want to make sure that it’s six inches above on the floor. This one they just capped and just threaded and just send it through the wall. Typically it’s not right, it’s better to just have something like that. This material is CPVC which is good. These shows us because of the color is cream, and then you just want to have six inches above the floor. It’s good to just have a catch pan her, just in case if something happened. Or if you just want to drain your water sometimes. So it’s good to just have a catch pan to just gather here.
Hamed: We’re just got to check the pipes, make sure that all pipes are in a good shape. We’re just going to check the material and we should make sure that there’s no leak or anything.
Dylan: And also the age of the water heater, right?
Hamed: Yeah, that’s right. The age of the water heater. Every time I’m in the client’s, just want to know how old is it? And I don’t know, what’s the problem that the companies that they manufacture, that they just build this water heater, they like to give you a hard time about the age. Typically they don’t write the age. There are some codes on the serial number, that you just want to-
Dylan: This one actually has it, a full date.
Hamed: Yeah, some of them they have, but most of them, they don’t have it, so you need to go and look around. Just go research about that. Just find the numbers. We have some our website that we can just go on and look it up and just tell you about the age.
Hamed: Typically, the service life of the water heater is around 12 years average, but it doesn’t mean that after 12 years is not working. As long as it’s working, so that’s good.
Dylan: If it’s not broken, don’t replaced it, right?
Hamed: Yeah, as long as it’s not leaking, doing its job and you have hot water, actually, is good to go at this maybe for like from now to five years.
Dylan: Yeah.
Hamed: Yeah.
Dylan: All right, well, thank you for that.
Hamed: No worries.
Dylan: I’m sure there’s a lot more about plumbing and water heaters that you can tell us about, so if you want to learn more about this, or any other home inspections, just contact me or Hamed, and we’re more than happy to answer any questions that you might have. Thanks for watching.
Hamed: Yep, thank you.