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    Default Sediment traps not insatalled???

    Hello all,

    On some newer installs I’m starting to find more and more without sediment traps.

    Has something changed?

    As a home inspector do you call this out and recommend it be fixed before closing?

    I almost forgot to mention this is natural gas.

    See the attached photo of a water heater and gas line for the fire place along the back wall.

    Thank you

    mk

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    Default Re: Sediment traps not insatalled???

    Good morning Mike. I don't know of a mfg. that does not require a sediment trap in the installation instructions. Therefore what code enforcement does or doesn't enforce is a mute question. I tell the client that the cost of installing a sediment trap, which is $5 of parts and 10 minutes labor, takes away the mfg's "get out of jail free" card.

    The AHJ's in my area did not enforce the sediment trap for many years but now do.

    The beatings will continue until morale has improved. mgt.

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    Default Re: Sediment traps not insatalled???

    Yes, I call them out regardless of the age of the home. The applicances are usually ten years old or less and were required when the applicance was installed.

    "The Code is not a peak to reach but a foundation to build from."

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    Default Re: Sediment traps not insatalled???

    Thank you Vern and Bruce!
    Have a great day
    mk


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    Default Re: Sediment traps not insatalled???

    The sediment trap requirement for the water heater is a given.
    It's not so simple with the gas line to a fireplace. Sediment traps to "fireplaces" are only required if required by the manufacturer.


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    Default Re: Sediment traps not insatalled???

    Quote Originally Posted by Brandon Whitmore View Post
    The sediment trap requirement for the water heater is a given.
    It's not so simple with the gas line to a fireplace. Sediment traps to "fireplaces" are only required if required by the manufacturer.
    Thank you I didn't know that.


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