Southern Nevada. Out in homes we are noticing, more often than not, that certain required appliances are missing this important safety device. So, then, what is a sediment trap, and why do I need it?
A sediment trap, is sometimes referred to as a “drip leg.” It is an extension on the metal gas line typically running to a gas burning appliance. The device is installed at the point that the gas has to make a 90 degree turn to reach the appliance. This is shown in the photo. The main function of the device is to “trap” any sediment, dirt, or harmful particles that may be in the flow of the fuel. These particles would otherwise be free to flow into the appliance itself. A buildup of sediment in your fuel burning appliance is a fire hazard, and could reduce the life span of the appliance itself.
These sediment traps are required by the State of Nevada on gas burning appliances such as water heaters, furnaces, gas fire places, boilers, etc. Please reference the notice below. Find out how we can help you with your home inspection, check us out!