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Hot Water Systems, Controls, Chimneys, Flues and Vents
Your home's hot water system includes your water heater, the pipes leading to and from the water supply and the power source, and the chimneys, flues and vents to the exterior of your building. Water heaters most commonly have a tank that keeps water hot for on-demand usage, but tankless heaters are becoming increasingly popular. Water heaters may be powered by electricity, natural gas, oil or propane.
A home inspector will first check that the water heater is working properly, that the pipes leading to and from the heater are connected properly and that the unit is vented correctly. He'll also check a faucet to make sure that the water heating system is delivering hot water and that the area surrounding the water tank is dry and shows no rust.