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    Default Water heater copper pipe corrosion

    I've found a few threads with similar photos, but the answer seems to be different in cases that look the same to me. I'm a complete plumbing novice.

    Can anyone tell me what would cause this corrosion? The installer insists that it was properly installed (though he won't send someone out to check) and claims that it's a leak. (that mysteriously appeared after the install because the pipes were fine with the old water heater)





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    Senior Robin Hood Guy Ian Gills's Avatar
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    Ignore me, because I am not an expert, and I am sure experts will chime in later.

    I do not like the look of that saddle valve above your shut-off valve. That looks as though it is/was leaking.

    And while your electrician was right to jumper your water heater (with the copper wire) the clamps he used do not appear to be copper or brass or bronze. If they are steel they will react with the copper pipe.

    And I wonder if your dielectric union on the cold supply became faulty?

    And where is that flue going? (unrelated to your problem). Is it allowed to do that someone? And it should be screwed to the vent hood.

    Your pics should generate a lot of responses.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ian Gills View Post
    Ignore me, because I am not an expert.

    The plumbers installation from what I see was probably OK.

    However, I do not like the look of that saddle valve above your shut-off valve. I assume that was there before he fitted the heater. That looks as though it is/was leaking.

    And while your electrician was right to jumper your water heater (with the copper wire) the clamps he used do not appear to be copper or brass or bronze. If they are steel they will react with the copper pipe. Again I assume the plumber did not do that.

    And I wonder if your dielectric union on the cold supply became faulty?

    And where is that flue going? (unrelated to your problem).
    The plumber did install the jumper. I have no idea where the flue goes :/ I think he might have installed that valve also.

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    He surely did not install the small corroded valve above the blue valve and the jumper because it does not appear to be connected to anything. Let's wait for the pros.

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    You should give the local plumbing inspector a call. It is not a saddle valve leak those are ground wires. The leak is in the joint that the plumber did not solder correctly and the water heater may be corroded very badly because of it... This Bozo needs to come back and fix his pig slop plumbing!

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    Gosh, Redwood! Do you have to be so diplomatic? Can't you just come out with it and tell it like it is? Geezh, I had pussyfooting around!

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