Is Your Home A Ticking Time Bomb Hot Water Tank Hacks

Dated: October 13 2020

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Danger, Will Robinson! This little guy (aka T&P relief valve) is the only thing that prevents your hot water tank from becoming a bomb, quite literally. It is important to check this valve annually to ensure it is operational and not clogged with sediment.

**$10 Fix** The discharge line is a very commonly missed household safety measure and typically called out during a home inspection. To correct this, all you need is a little PVC a few couplings, some basic tools, and a bit of patience.

  1. Gather materials; small bucket, plastic gloves, pipe cutter, plumbers wrench, 3/4" PVC, a male threaded coupler, and depending on the design of your tank a 90-degree elbow, PVC primer/glue, and plumbers tape.

  2. Apply a couple of layers of tape on male threads of the coupler and screw onto the T&P valve with the pipe wrench.

  3. Cut lengths of PVC allow the longest piece to reach near the bottom third of the tank but leave at least 6" from the base of the tank.

  4. Prime all pipe ends and internals of couplers.

  5. Apply PVC glue and Install the short end of the pipe into the coupler. Repeat for the elbow and long length of pipe.

  6. Place bucket under pipe and test. You did it!

If you have concerns about your plumbing please consult with your local professional.


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Matt Side

As an Owner/Sales Manager for Realty One Group Eclipse, I am committed to my brokers. If they have the desire and the commitment to learn, I have the passion and the expertise to work with them to giv....

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