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Old 07-24-2011, 04:35 AM  
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Default Oily Oily water outside of house (from water heater?)

Since we bought a house in 2009 (then 5 years old), I have noticed a slow accumulation of (what i'm assuming is) oil sitting in the grass and on the stepping stones on the outside of our house, on the other side of the wall from the water heater (in our garage) where there is a small pipe that constantly drips water. The area that is oily never dries and now encompasses a 5x3 ft area. The stepping stones in that area always have a thick black rainbow sheen to them. We are stumped. Any ideas about what is causing this?


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Old 07-24-2011, 10:05 AM  
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I'm guessing that what you have is a leaking T&P Valve on the water heater...

You can read about leaking T&P Valves and the possible causes here...

What kind of water heater is this? Electric, Gas, Oil, etc?


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Old 07-24-2011, 10:18 AM  
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Are you sure that this pipe is connected to the water heater?
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Old 07-24-2011, 01:40 PM  
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Are you sure that this pipe is connected to the water heater?
Good thinking Charlie... A condensate drain is a good possibility as well...

I knew right away what the Florida Guy was thinking huh?
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Hey Redwood, yes condensate drain is exactly what I was thinking.
Only been in Fl 4 years, originally from NJ/NY but did alot of A/C up there


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