More Blog Posts About Water Heaters and Plumbing:

  1. So the water heater is older...what’s the big deal?

  2. Should I upgrade to a tankless water heater?

  3. Why do water heaters have a sacrificial anode?

  4. How old is that water heater?

  5. What’s the powdery crust on the pipe connections at the water heater?

  6. Do you check the plumbing under the floor slab?

  7. What is that big thing in the toilet tank?

  8. What is a “cross connection” in a home’s plumbing system?

  9. This home has galvanized water pipe. Is that a problem?

  10. What’s the flip-up handle on the water heater for?

  11. What is the difference between water service pipe and water supply pipe?

  12. My well water test came back positive for bacteria. What should I do?

  13. Do you test the well water?

  14. How much does it cost to replace the water heater?

  15. What is the difference between a regular water heater and a power vent water heater?

  16. How can I tell what type of plumbing pipe I have?

  17. How can I determine the age of a water heater if the serial number is missing or decoding it is impossible?

  18. What is a saddle valve?

  19. How do you test a shower pan for leaks?

  20. What is a grinder pump?

  21. What is that little tank on top of the water heater for?

  22. What is that pipe sticking out of the ground in the yard?

  23. What is the average lifespan of a water heater?

  24. What is a dielectric union?

  25. What is a heat pump water heater?

  26. Why can’t PVC pipe be used for water pipe inside a house?

  27. What is an auto vent, air admittance valve, or check vent?

  28. Why is a European-style bottle trap not approved by the plumbing codes in the U.S.?

  29. Why is sunlight exposure bad for PVC pipe?

  30. What is the loose wire sticking out of the ground under the gas meter for?

  31. What are the right words for talking about a house plumbing system?

  32. Should I seal the washing machine drain hose to the standpipe?

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   Another consideration is that, if your water heater is old enough to get an energy-savings boost from an insulation wrap, then it is also at or near the end of its lifespan. The investment of time and money to install an insulation blanket makes no financial sense if the water heater is replaced in a couple of years.

   Whether or not you decide to wrap your water heater with an insulation blanket, there are also other ways to save on your hot water expense:

  1. Insulate the hot water pipes

  2. Lower the tank temperature to a recommended setting of 120º F

  3. Replace old shower heads with a new low-flow model

  4. Install a timer


While we hope you find this series of articles about home inspection helpful, they should not be considered an alternative to an actual home inspection by a local inspector. Also, construction standards vary in different parts of the country and it is possible that important issues related to your area may not be covered here.
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