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Old 04-17-2019, 11:41 PM   #1
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Long story short, came home to a flooded home and 2 car hood sized holes in my ceiling. Carpet ripped up, clean up under way. Water heater was in the attic it has since been reinstalled in garage. Insurance adjuster coming soon. Plumbing company found leakage around nipples on top of water heater which is where the leak was spraying water from. It was determined during the installation that my pressure reduction valve at the street had failed. Pressure was 130psi. Supposed to be 70-80. Has anyone every experienced this type of failure? I thought the units pressure relief valve would have stopped this but I’m being told that it cannot handle a sudden spike in pressure like that. Praying for the insurance gods to help me out.
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Old 04-17-2019, 11:54 PM   #2
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Just be glad it wasn’t still in the attic. Have seen this happen a few times .
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Old 04-17-2019, 11:58 PM   #3
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Most standard policies extend coverage for sudden discharge from a plumbing system. You should be good on the insurance side unless you bought a cut rate policy.


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Old 04-18-2019, 12:01 AM   #4
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I think I read that wrong it was in the attic when it happened?
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Old 04-18-2019, 12:11 AM   #5
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I think I read that wrong it was in the attic when it happened?
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Old 04-18-2019, 12:14 AM   #6
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I’m hoping they cover the installation of the new hot water heater as well since it was determined not to be the origin of the problem. Dropped a pretty penny on that today.
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Old 04-18-2019, 12:20 AM   #7
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That’s the reason I frown when folks want to put a tanked heater in there attic . Not to mention the pain of changing one out that’s up in the attic. A lot of times the seams of the heater will split like a can of biscuits when that hi pressure hits that heater .


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Old 04-18-2019, 12:25 AM   #8
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Ehhhh, you might not get the tank covered. Most policies read that they won’t cover repairs to the system which discharged water into the home . . .
Unless you got a specific endorsement for it.


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Old 04-18-2019, 12:27 AM   #9
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Most temp and pressure relief valves are designed to release pressure at 150 psi or 210 degrees.
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Old 04-18-2019, 12:28 AM   #10
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Sorry to hear about the flood.... you may get a free remodel out of the deal!!
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Old 04-18-2019, 12:32 AM   #11
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Yes. And opposite. My plumbers told me they had a call where someones PRV shut down water supply to a house.

Leaks in attics suck...best and worst example I have was when a thermal expansion tank IN A PAN...sprung a leak like a little boy peeing on a tree...just out side the pan. Its happened several times at various houses. Never a fun cleanup.

I feel for you...I was there yesterday. Dehumidifier and floor fans going. 130 psi aint a normal spike IMO.
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Old 04-18-2019, 12:51 AM   #12
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Most likely pressure reducer was put in backwards, and even if pressure was 130 psi, if it was primed and glued, then it wouldn't be a problem. Most likely then was pex, and plumber didn't tighten properly. I'm a sprinkler guy in Lubbock, and there are 2 areas in town where there is 120+ psi on supply lines.
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Old 04-18-2019, 01:07 AM   #13
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Our mainline in the neighbor hood is 130psi. Reduction Valve I was told was supposed to be 80psi.
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Old 04-18-2019, 08:27 AM   #14
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I've never understood builders putting water heaters or HVAC units in the attic. The few square feet lost putting them in a closet or garage saved so much in costs down the road.

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Old 04-18-2019, 10:47 AM   #15
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Did you have an expansion tank at the water heater? If you have a PRV there should have been an expansion tank installed at the water heater.
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Old 04-18-2019, 11:15 PM   #16
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Did you have an expansion tank at the water heater? If you have a PRV there should have been an expansion tank installed at the water heater.
Yes there was an expansion tank on it
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Old 04-19-2019, 02:59 AM   #17
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Thanks for information.
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