Steven L. Smith, Bellingham, WA Home Inspector (King of the House)


Not Quite Strapped In Bellingham

There is no doubt about it at all. The person who installed the water heater had planned to put seismic straps on the tank. Now this was not a professional installer, that was for sure because the TPR drain was routed up and through flex drain. That is not the way to go about that.

But when I looked at, and touched the tank, it shifted around more so than it would if it had any type of bracing or brackets on it.

In a case like that, you always wonder if the installer did not know the tank requires straps in our seismic zone. But then I noticed something in a new box down beside the tank. When I touched the box, it was heavy. Bottom line is, while we thought about it, we are still not quite strapped in Bellingham.

Steven L. Smith

Bellingham WA Home Inspections

Steven L. Smith

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Comment balloon 7 commentsSteven L. Smith • July 22 2009 09:09AM


Seems like we are always finding those "close-but-no-cigar" moments:)

Posted by Charles Buell, Seattle Home Inspector (Charles Buell Inspections Inc.) about 11 years ago

I'm sure that installing the straps is next weekends do it yourself project!

Posted by Dan Callahan (Callahan's Home Inspections) about 11 years ago

Another case of riding the rapids without a guide. Kate Ford

Posted by Kate Kate about 11 years ago

What's that saying?  Close only counts in hand grenades and horse shoes.

Posted by James Quarello, Connecticut Home Inspector (JRV Home Inspection Services, LLC) about 11 years ago

Hi Steven. After you get enough of these pictures, you might want to write a book. I get a lot of laughs, looking at these ingenious home repairs!

Posted by Cheryl Powell - The Powell Team, Concord,Harrisburg & Charlotte NC Area Real Estate (Southern Homes of The Carolinas - The Powell Team) about 11 years ago

Steve - are you in an area that requires the straps?  I for one have never seen them, but I do know when boxes are heavy...

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) about 11 years ago


They are mandatory here. Our seismic conditions are not too unlike CA.

Posted by Steven L. Smith, Bellingham WA Home Inspector (King of the House Home Inspection, Inc.) about 11 years ago