Is the inspector required to report water heaters that are covered with an insulation blanket as obstructed if they did not remove the blanket?
Yes. The Standards of Practice do not address insulating covers or blankets on water heaters. Inspectors are not required to remove water heater covers to inspect the water heater. However, if the cover is not removed, and its presence interferes with the inspection of any part of the water heater, the inspector must advise the client and report the resulting limitations of the inspection in accordance with the departure provision, Section 535.227(b)(5).