Corrosion Build Up On Top Of Water Heater

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  1. Jacen

    Jacen New Member

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    Hello I'm new to this forum, but I was wondering can you guys help me with a problem. I have this Water heater thats 4 years old. And I just noticed lately that a lot of corrosion has built up on top of the the water heater. The corrosion is like rusty flaky. I did notice that there was a very small leak on one of the pipes, but I don't know if this could have caused all this corrosion. The corrosion is on both sides of the inlet and outlet. What do you guys think I should do. Is it bad enough that the whole tank needs to be replaced?

    Thanks in advance guys,

    Jacen

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  2. Jacen

    Jacen New Member

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  3. kingsotall

    kingsotall Plunger/TurdPuncher

    Pig slop thread does need some TLC...

    Get a plumber out there to repipe that job. If a plumber originally did that make sure they are not the same one you call.

    Some problems are worthwhile to pursue as DIY. Others require the skill that only a plumber has from years of experience. It will be worth your time and expense, trust me.
  4. SewerRatz

    SewerRatz Illinois Licensed Plumber

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    Wow.. there is so much wrong there. I would follow kingsotall advice. Whom ever did that job either did not know how to do it properly or did not care.
  5. Gary Swart

    Gary Swart In the Trades

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    Rust is caused by moisture over a period of time. My guess is poor soldering done by a hack. The "hack" theory is furthered by the use of gate valves instead of ball valves. If this was a 30 year old installation, I would understand the gate valves, but certainly not on a 4 year old install.
  6. Jacen

    Jacen New Member

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    Thanks for all the advice guys gonna call someone monday to come take a look, do you guys think the corrosion is bad enough that I need to have the tank replaced? BTW anyone know any good plumbers near Chicago?

    Thanks,

    Jacen
    Last edited: May 17, 2009
  7. hj

    hj Moderator & Master Plumber Staff Member

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    You are 40 years too late, because that is when I was there. IT is definitely a DIY job with copper connected directly to the water heater, reinforced by the fact that it is a Home Depot heater, but there was definitely some major leakage at one time to cause that amount of rusting. WHether the tank itself has been compromised is impossible to tell without removing the jacket, but chances are good that there has been at least some damage. The tank is glass lined to protect against corrosion from the inside, but because it is a black steel tank, it will rust very easily on the outside.
  8. kingsotall

    kingsotall Plunger/TurdPuncher

    Looks like Ron may have some repiping to do on Monday.
  9. TedL

    TedL New Member

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    There's a Chicago licensed plumber named Ron Hasil, who posts here as "SewerRatz".
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  10. SewerRatz

    SewerRatz Illinois Licensed Plumber

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    OK, now that we know you live in Chicago, or at least the Chicago area, I can tell you what things are wrong code wise. No dielectric unions or any unions for that matter. The Illinois Code is very clear that a water heater must have unions installed. Also it makes clear that when joining different metals it should be done with a brass fitting or a dielectric union.

    Other things I see wrong is the tape used on the vent hood, makes me worry if they secured the vent pipe properly to the draft hood or not. Also the very poor solder job, and the fact they used a strong acid base flux and did not wipe it clean when they where done.
  11. Jacen

    Jacen New Member

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    thanks for all the input guys, this really helps a lot!! When I had it installed I had a guy I knew do it, he said he was a plumber, but a year later I found out he worked for the gas company :cool: He charged me a arm and a leg too!!!
  12. SewerRatz

    SewerRatz Illinois Licensed Plumber

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    It never hurts to ask to see aplumbing license when you hire a plumber.
  13. shacko

    shacko Master Plumber-Gas Fitter

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    I don't think the hack that did that job knows how to spell plumber!! :eek:
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