||05-10-2013 09:06 PM
Hot Water Heater Collapsing
I seen a few things in my day but this one is a first for me. My daughter called to say she was worried about her hot water heater. I thought she was over reacting a bit and had just seen too many insurance commercials! :) You know, the hot water heater missile. She tried to convince me that her hot water heater's (that been known to drip a bit) down pipe had moved and was sticking out at an angle. I told her not to worry and I'd be over to look at it the next day. She did say as a bonus that the dripping had stopped though. :)
Well, it appears that the hot water heater is quite literally collapsing from top. The metal of the hot water heater itself seems to sunken in. And when the metal top of the hot water heater sunk in it caused the pipes to move as well and they're now at strange angles.
And, yes she right, because it's sunk, the down pipe is sticking out at quite an angle. See picture. :confused: This has happened at some point in the last week or so.
She bought this small 1950's bungalow about 1.5 yrs. ago and it is a manufactured pre-fab home (National Homes) on a traditional block foundation.
Has anyone ever encountered this before or have any idea why it would have done this. Suffice it to say we'll be replacing it very soon.