water heater pressure relief valve overflow pipe is disconnected
While doing work at my elderly mother's house recently, I noticed that the copper overflow pipe that comes off the pressure relief valve on the water heater that Sears installed several years ago is not connected. The pipe has an elbo joint that leads to the back of the heater, and was left wide open. Luckily, the valve has not released any water, as it could do some major damage. My question is what is the best way to fix the problem. The water heater is in a basement, and there is a door between it and the outside wall. I would have to run a pipe up and over the door opening. My other choice is to run a pipe to the pump that is connected to the adjacent air conditioning unit, but would the pump be able to handle the full flow of the pressure relief valve if it should release at full pressure?