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Annode rod checking


  • meplumber
    meplumber Member Posts: 678
    Holy crap.

    What happened? Plugged relief valve?
  • Techman
    Techman Member Posts: 2,144
    boom or BOOM

    Don't know! This happened very shortly after power was restored to that neighborhood.No one was hurt ,thank God ! The people were not home due to the power outtage. All of the 4-5 neighbors called emergency services,they broke down the door and found this water vessel as you see it. The insurance co. has yet to arrive ,but, they did say " DON"T TOUCH ANYTHING " ( with the heater).I"m just the AC guy on this job(darn it ! ) so I started & checked out my part. The AC runs good! The humidifier hanging on the side of the duct,towards the heater, is in pieces. A structual engineer is due any day now.I saw minor damage but, what do I know! Since no one was hurt I can say "This is cool !" I will be talking to the plumber to find out his thoughts about this.
  • Larry Weingarten
    Larry Weingarten Member Posts: 3,230
    That's one way...

    ... to get sediment out of a tank!  The anode looks good by the way.  The thermostat must have failed closed from a power surge or corrosion ... or it may not have been sensing real tank temperature. There may have been air in the tank also so the relief valve didn't see the hot water.  I'm surprised there isn't more damage to the house.  That tank is a collector's item!

    Yours,  Larry
  • Mark Eatherton
    Mark Eatherton Member Posts: 5,853

    The power of steam is nothing short of amazing.

    For whatever reason, the vessel was obviously exposed to a steam generating condition, and when the pressure generated was exposed to a lower pressure, the steam flash caused the vessel to fail (1700 times increase in volume).

    You can bet there will be a BUNCH of insurance company expert witnesses all huddled together scrutinizing the installation...

    Glad no one was injured.

    It's not so much a case of "You got what you paid for", as it is a matter of "You DIDN'T get what you DIDN'T pay for, and you're NOT going to get what you thought you were in the way of comfort". Borrowed from Heatboy.
  • kcopp
    kcopp Member Posts: 4,390
    and the house....

    is still standing? I have heard of old ones that end up 2 bolcks away from the house! kpc
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