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Kris Svendsen

Joined: 06/22/2014 08:52 PM EDT
Messages: 337
Location: Dallas, TX

How do you guys write up bonding at the water heater between the cold water inlet and hot water outlet in a way that's easy to understand? The proper phrase escapes me. I get a deer in the headlights look from clients and/or agents. I also get a lot of agents that tell me, "I've never heard of that before", so it's obvious a lot of inspectors don't write it up.

Kris Svendsen
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Professional Real Estate Inspector, TREC #20511
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Bill Van Damme

Joined: 07/01/2014 10:40 AM EDT
Messages: 20
Location: Oakley California

The electrical system ground is usually bonded to the cold water supply system in residential structures. However , there was no grounding "Bridge" or "jumper " across to the hot water discharge piping at the water heater as is current trade practice in this area. A bond jumper is generally recommended but not always required, depending on the guidelines of the local Authority Having Jurisdiction (AHJ) at the time water heater was installed. We recommend that a competent , licensed electrician install an appropriate bonding jumper.

I also put a picture in the report of the existing water lines above the water heater and another picture I have in file that shows what a properly installed bond jumper looks like.
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