Ahh, the joys of an old house.
The former owners of my house did some funky stuff with venting the water heater. Let me explain:
- the water heater is in the basement
- there is a 3 in single walled vent pipe that goes up towards the first floor at about 45 degrees
- next there is a joint that points up into the first floor
- a short single walled 3 inch vent goes up into the floor
- now in the first floor in a closet there is another joint that connects horizontally into a vertical 12 inch(?) mega pipe.
- this "stand pipe" appears to have been used as a exhaust vent for an oven in the kitchen, but is no longer used for that.
- at the top of the pipe you can see that this big pipe is double walled and has a 10 inch (?) clay pipe going through the attic and out into a roof vent.
- the roof vent is new, it is a standard vent with the cap on it.
So, my question is: can I just connect a double walled vent pipe from the basement joint (#3) up through the attic (#8) (after removing all the funkiness (#4-7)
Here are a few issues:
- ideally this double walled vent pipe would be in the wall and not in the middle of the closet as it is now. I believe that is safe, and it can touch drywall/studs as long as it is double walled.
- Edit: No it is not safe. d-wall must be 1 inch from combustibles
- I'd like to plug the hole in the attic. I think I can safely just cut a piece of drywall to fit around the smaller double walled pipe.
- Edit: No it is not safe. d-wall must be 1 inch from combustibles so you can't let sheetrock touch the pipe. You must use a "firestop" flashing
- we have a whole house fan. This means the attic gets pressurized. Is there any issue with vent pipe being so loose in the old riser on the roof? Ie can the pressure go up the riser and then down the vent and backdraft? I suspect this is not an issue. I could also seal the riser from inside the attic to prevent issues.
- Edit: I should use a firestop again directly under the roof plywood so the pressurized attic air can't escape up the old vent riser.