Thursday, July 17, 2008
the water heater and the water main
The house inspection revealed the water heater to be in front of an old electric sub panel. It was also in front of a window on the rear porch. Yuck! what an eyesore and a not-up-to code fire hazard. Yup, that's the house inspector checking it out.
So, one of the first orders of business was to have that thing removed and get an on demand put in. We ended up getting a Bosch aqua star installed by a nice man from Visionary Builders. He worked over the weekend to get it installed on the outside of the house. It's gas but has an electric heating unit to keep the pipes from freezing in the winter.
It works great and the utility bill is so much smaller. We also had a water main shut off installed for the house....kind of impossible to do any plumbing work without one. I completely recommend upgrading to an on demand!
In case you are wondering what's up with the plywood wall there....I was wondering the same thing. Behind it is an addition that the previous owners put on. Boy, no eye for detail there! To actually get to it to make it attractive will require the rebuilding of the screened in porch...that project will happen eventually.