Laundry room water heater is in my way! [closed]

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Our laundry room shares space with the water heater and the current set up is driving me nuts. Our washer is next to the water heater and the outlet/vent for the dryer is against the opposite wall. So to paint a clear picture the washer and dryer face one another and the water heater sits against the far wall next to the washer. This means I have to wiggle around the dryer door to move baskets around and although it's a large room it feels very cramped with the set up. I would love to set the washer and dryer next to one another and everything for the dryer would easily reach if it were not for the water heater in the way. All I would need to do is move it about three feet forward.

Can I move the water heater across the room? Should I call a plumber? I've looked at the water heater and it really looks straightforward, but this idea has me on the fence of doing it myself or calling a professional. There is a separate issue of the tank being too small so I was planning on...

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Small changes can make a big impact in terms of overall water consumption — and that’s especially true in the laundry room. When it comes to the way you do regular laundry, taking a few simple measures can save significant water and energy. So what are some of the best ways to conserve water in the laundry room? How can you take steps to lower overall water usage in the way you clean linens and clothes? What small changes are the best to implement? To help answer these questions, here is a look at some top tips for conserving water in your household laundry habits.

Re-use Towels. The towel you use to dry after a shower does not need to be laundered after each use, so hang it up and re-use it instead. Washing your household’s towels when they actually need to be washed is a much better use of water than daily loads. Use Less Hot Water. Saving money in the laundry room has to start with hot water usage because turning cold water to hot water is the most energy-intensive part of...
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this happens when your house "goes negative" - the air pressure inside the house is lower than the ambient (outside). When this happens the house will try to equalize by sucking in air - any opening is fair game, including exhaust vents. This is a pretty common side affect in sealing up older homes.

How old is the house? Most areas have required some sort of equlizer in new construction for several years now. Make sure your house doesn't already have some sort of equalizer installed and it's just not working before you start cutting holes in the wall.

It's often installed so it vents into the furnace closet and supplies the combustion air for the furnace and hot water (if co-located). You never notice the cold since it's being consumed before it enters the living area. Most of these units are have a baffle with a weighted counterbalance - you adjust them so they open only with negative pressure. If you have a 90+ furnace, however, you probably pull combustion...

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200 Chapter 10

ceiling fan) and what ranges of time you choose, the switch will cost between US$22.95 and US$27.95.

Pressing the button next to a selected time (for example, the switch shown in Figure 10-5shows timer settings from 15 minutes down to 2 minutes) activates an LED by that button, showing how long the light or fan will remain activated. When the timer reaches two minutes to shut off, the LED will begin to flash.

15 MINUTES Installation of this particular device is similar to the steps taken when installing anX10-compatibleswitch, as explained in Chapter 9.

Smart Homes don’t just have to be about stuff that’s cool. There’s also a fair amount of utility involved. We’ve already lauded the merits of security and lighting systems; however, there are other dangers—nonhumandangers—thatcan cause messes at best, or serious damage at worst.

The laundry room is home to two of the vilest perpetrators of water damage: your washing machine and water...

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Electric space heaters break down into two basic types: radiant or convection. Radiant models?such as ceramic and quartz portables, under-floor systems, cove heaters and ceiling panels?emit infrared radiation that heats up objects and people directly within their line of sight. They're designed for ultra-quick heating and are best for: Heating one or two people,l arge rooms where you don't want to heat the entire space, open rooms without a lot of furniture or obstacles between you and the heater, spot heating and sporadic use, workshops and home offices where you mostly want warmth for yourself while you're at your desk or workbench, or a TV room where the occupants are sitting in one area.

Convection models include oil-filled radiators, electric baseboard and toe-kick heaters, and flat panel wall-mounted units that warm the air around the heater and rely on the room's air circulation to heat the room. Fan-forced convection models are the most popular type of supplemental...

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Water heater leaks can occur for a variety of reasons. It may be something as simple as a slightly open drain valve to a severe issue such as a corroded hot water tank. Most of the time, it’s due to faulty plumbing connections or valves that have failed. At the very least, a leaking hot water heater is an annoyance. If not properly addressed, this small nuisance can quickly turn into a major problem.

While a small amount of water may seem harmless, it may eventually cause severe water damage to walls, floors, and subfloors if the leak is not taken care of quickly. In the worst cases, the area around the water heater could even experience flooding. What could have been a quick, inexpensive fix has now turned into costly repair bills.

In addition to water damage, serious health issues can arise due to mold and mildew growth in those wet, damp areas. According to the CDC, children, those with severe allergic reactions, or immune suppression are at highest risk of...

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Welcome to the reveal of the One Room Challenge Fall 2016 edition! Before we jump in, a huge thank you to Linda at Calling it Home for coordinating this challenge. Make sure to visit all of the featured designers to see their makeovers, along with all of the guest participants. For my previous updates, check out week 1, week 2, week 3, week 4 and week 5 here.

To recap, the vibe I’m going for is modern farmhouse laundry room, and the main goals were to remove the wire shelving, hide the water heater (as much as possible), add more hooks in the hallway and create some organization.

Before

Here are a few of the before shots for a reminder of the ugly. Wire shelves, dirty walls, unpainted ceiling …

(This post contains affiliate links. This means if you click the link and buy something, I may receive a small percentage of sales at no extra cost to you. Thank you for supporting Loveland Lodge!)

And now on to the laundry room reveal!

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How-To Videos

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By: Danny Lipford

Draining your water heater once a year removes sediment from the tank that can cause it to work harder and cost more to use.

Begin by turning off the power or gas to the water heater. Next, turn the cold water supply valve off that allows water to flow into the heater. Hook a garden hose to the drain valve at the bottom of the tank and run it outside on the ground. Open the drain valve where the hose is attached. Open the pressure relief valve on top of the tank by pulling up on it. Allow the water in the tank to drain out. When the tank is empty, open the cold water valve for a few minutes to flush out the last remaining sediment. Close the drain valve and pressure relief valve and allow the tank to fill back up. Relight the pilot to the heater if gas, and turn it on. If electric, flip the breaker to restore power to the water heater.

For further information, see our video on Water Heater...

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We are currently building our small home and the room where the water heater is will also house the stackable front loading washer/dryer, our fridge, our small deep freeze, a small mud sink and the water heater.

Originally I was also planningon building small pantry storage in the room, but I am now doubting there is enough space.

The room is 5.75 ft wide by 10.3ft long. If I stack all the appliances next to each other, they all fit with wiggle room of 6 inches between each (and another foot or so at the end of the wall where there will be a window.

How much soace do you comfortably need in front of a washer/dryer ? The fridge will be in front of the entry to the room (leaving the door off, it connects to the kitchen) and nothing will be in front of the fridge.

Am I best off building shelves above the deep freeze and above the mud sink only? My orginal plan was to build very shallow shelving from floor to ceiling on one long side of the room , and put...

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Some people prefer gas water heaters, but when the unit is coming into the house, we have to be concerned with the burner, so most installations indoors choose the electric water heater. You can use a gas water heater if you follow certain precautions.

Homeowners like using natural gas for different reasons. I think that the big positive in having natural gas at home for me is that water heaters and cooking equipment can still work if the electricity goes out. There are situations where builders see installing gas water heaters as problematic. It is not because they do not have the ability; it is because this can take more work, which means a higher building cost. Actually, one of the frequent questions asked at the end of a home inspection is can you run gas lines through a house. Running a gas line is like running a plumbing line, so yes it can be done, but in a finished home this means a little demolition of wall surfaces. If you live in a one story home, you may have a...

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Hello everybody! Hope your week is going well! I can hardly believe it’s Thursday already. Crazy pants.

I’ve been working on purging the basement (you can see one of my big projects earlier this week here) and it was when I moved on to the laundry room that I realized I haven’t shared progress in here since last year.

It’s been a year since I’ve blogged about this space when I built the shelf behind the washer and dryer:

When we got the new set I knew I wanted a top loading washer, so the little shelf along the back gives us a spot for some items we need within reach and it hides all the ugly stuff behind the set. :)

But we’ve made some updates to make this a more functional space over the past year and although the room is still very much in between, I wanted to share some of them!

The room is smaller than we originally planned -- we had to work with beams in the basement so this room get a little tighter. It’s just over eight by five...

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- Commentary

- - The intent of this section is to prevent fuel-fired appliances

from being installed in rooms and spaces where the combustion process could pose a threat to the occupants. Potential threats include depleted oxygen levels; elevated levels of carbon dioxide, nitrous oxides and carbon monoxide, and other combustion gases; ignition of combustibles; and elevated levels of flammable gases. In small rooms such as bedrooms and bathrooms, the doors are usually closed when the room is occupied, and combustion gases could build up to life-threatening levels. Occupants would not be aware of impending danger.

Now, if the commentary had chosen to use the word "clothes" closets instead of "storage" closets, then one would be thinking of 'bedroom' closets, which would be reasonable considering the second sentence addressing bathroom and bedrooms ... but, alas, the code stated "storage closets", as in "shall not be installed in a room used as a storage...

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There are many things we here at Reliance have learned over the years, especially when it comes to taking care of and maintaining furnaces. This month, we want to share our tips for what should and should not be done with your furnace and furnace room.

Customer safety and education is of the utmost importance to us. Furnace rooms are typically among the most neglected rooms in the house. Nonetheless, they require attention and could pose a threat to you and your family if proper precautions are not taken.

To help ensure your family’s comfort, safety and health, we have pulled together a list of simple tips on what not to do with your furnace and furnace room. Not only will these actions keep your family out of harm’s way, but they will also impact how well your furnace functions.

Make space. Since furnaces and hot water heaters are powered by electricity or fossil fuels such as oil, propane or natural gas, it is important to ensure the furnace has adequate...

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In houses that lack a basement or garage, it is necessary to install the water heater somewhere inside the house itself. It is often desirable to do so in a closet where it won't be visible. This is legal only under certain circumstances, however, and a permit is required when installing, replacing or repairing a water heater.

Water Heater Types

Ideally, water heaters should be located near gas or electric service and where water supply and distribution lines can be easily installed. Ventilation is easier to achieve if the unit is located on an exterior wall. Water heaters can be installed in bedroom or bathroom closets, if necessary or preferred, but only if they're an electric, direct vent or sealed combustion chamber unit. Other water heaters that use fuel combustion are not permitted to be installed in bedrooms, bathrooms or closets that open into these rooms.

Closet Doors

Closets are required to have doors when a water heater is installed in them...

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Closing the pressure relief valve on a hot water heater.

After draining a hot water heater, do you reset the pressure valve before refilling the tank or after? -Desiree’

Hi Desiree’
It’s important to remember to close the pressure relief valve on the hot water heater when you are through draining it. Otherwise, water will run out the valve and through the discharge pipe once it refills.

Since the pressure relief valve vents at the top of the tank, you could wait until the tank is full before closing it, but it’s better to close it when you start refilling the tank in case you forget. Here’s how to go about it.

Once you’ve drained the tank as shown in our video on How to Drain a Water Heater

Open the cold water intake valve for a minute to stir up and drain the last bit of sediment. Turn the cold water intake valve back off. Close the outlet valve at the bottom of the tank. Remove the hose from the outlet valve. Close the pressure relief valve....
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