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Author Topic: Are drip legs for gas lines required for older homes?  (Read 12074 times)
Gary Vallery
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« on: February 21, 2012, 11:46:23 AM »

Are drip legs for gas appliances (furnace, water heater, etc.) required by law? Are home owners/buyers required to intall them when selling or buying? Does this change state to state? I am in louisiana.
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« Reply #1 on: February 21, 2012, 12:44:28 PM »

it is considered best building practice... IRC and UPC indicate drip legs to be installed at low points and meter outlet "if water vapor is present"... it should be assumed that water vapor is present.

Recommend you purchase the code check series of manuals to assist you with these and other inspection related questions. They are a valuable resource that I refer to routinely.
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« Reply #2 on: February 21, 2012, 01:03:24 PM »

As Bill said...it's best practice...on a home old or new! Home's a 120 year old are still going to have a newer heat system. The drip leg catches debris and condensation.
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« Reply #3 on: February 21, 2012, 09:16:24 PM »

That is well and good and for the most part I agree however, since a drip leg will catch debris as well as moisture condensation, what happens when their is enough moisture inside the drip and the temperature drops below freezing? Possbility of bursting a gas line?
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« Reply #4 on: February 21, 2012, 10:48:03 PM »

They should never be located outside or in a freeze susceptible area for that reason... if they are, it is incorrect and should be remedied.
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« Reply #5 on: March 05, 2012, 08:16:42 PM »

Gary qoute "Are drip legs for gas appliances (furnace, water heater, etc.) required by law? Are home owners/buyers required to intall them when selling or buying? Does this change state to state? I am in louisiana."
Gary, I'm not a law inspector Cheesy or code inspector, but drip leg (sediment traps) are required by manufactures for their products (water heater and furnaces)
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« Reply #6 on: March 06, 2012, 11:28:40 PM »

Are home owners/buyers required to intall them when selling or buying? Does this change state to state? I am in louisiana."

A homeowner is not required to fix anything that you find wrong with the house!

The homeowner is only required to "disclose".

most real estate contracts to purchase are written up to say that things that do not function as intended must be repaired, but there's nothing preventing the seller from selling the house "as is".
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« Reply #7 on: April 06, 2012, 11:56:49 AM »

Whether it is against the law is not really the issue. It is not against the law to have a dirty or non-existent air filter on the furnace, or to have deck sloping toward the house,but should be noted in the report. Same as with the drip leg. The appliance manufacturers are likely going to require it for proper operation, and if it's not there, all you can do as an inspector is report it as " not present, and a plumbing contractor should be consulted before closing" (maybe a little elaboration as to why a drip leg is needed).
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« Reply #8 on: March 11, 2013, 10:14:36 AM »

El Paso, TX just required them December 2012.  Only required here for the water heater and furnaces..... not on gas dryer or range. Code check books are always great to have with you.
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