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Bollards Water Heater
If your hot water heater is located in your garage or where it can be struck by a vehicle, you should have a bollard installed in order to protect it from vehicular damage – or worse yet breaking a gas or water pipe. The pipe bollard should be about 4” in diameter and can be installed by either bolting it to the floor or by drilling into the floor and installing the pipe. The height of the pipe will vary according to state requirements such as how much of it should be below grade and how high it must stand above grade. Most hardware stores carry bollards and the necessary supplies to install them. They cost approximately $100.00. A home inspector will take note if it is not installed or installed improperly. If you need any assistance then contact a plumbing contractor to do the work for you. If you value your vehicle make sure the bollard is painted a bright color with reflective paint and that it extends up high enough to be easily seen through your mirrors when you are sitting in your vehicle.
Bollards can be found everywhere today around supermarkets, restaurants, malls, etc. They come in various styles so not only can it protect your hot water heater from vehicular damage but it can also add an aesthetic appeal to you garage. The typical bollard is a yellow steel cylindrical post that stands about 36” high. It can have a domed, angled or flat cap. You can choose the color and the shape of the bollard as well. The importance is that it must easy to see from the driver’s point of view. The bollard used to protect the hot water heater from vehicular damage must also be made of a metal piping which is then filled with concrete.
The reason they come in different types of material is that they provide three different types of applications: decorative, impact resistant or landscaping. The type of bollard that must be used in a garage to protect the hot water heater must be impact resistant. Because of this, you may find that you are limited in design. In order to determine the strength of the bollard, estimate the size of the vehicle that may cause the impact and the speed that it may be traveling should it hit the bollard. The last thing you would want to happen is to cause impact on the hot water heater because the appropriate bollard was not used.
Most municipalities require that a bollard must be installed. However, the home inspection report is not a compliance inspection regarding the codes and regulations. If it was written in the home inspection report that it was not there, make sure that it has been installed before the closing of escrow.
Bollards should also be installed where there are other types of dangerous machinery on the exterior of the home that can be in contact with a vehicle such as furnaces, gas meters, oil tanks and air conditioning units. You may find that during home inspections some people will test the strength of the bollard as well as how close it is to the equipment because it may bend or curl in the case of vehicular impact.