Water Heater Tips
Water heaters are one of the three most common household appliances to fail and cause damage to your home. Along with washing machines and toilets, these appliances alone contribute to almost $700 million in property damage per year. One of the best ways for a homeowner to better prevent these issues is to perform routine maintenance along with having preventative measures in place.
Your water heater is a key piece to your plumbing system, routine inspections can keep it running properly.
Here are some tips for the next time you check on your water heater:
- Check all fittings and valves for any moisture
- Make sure the temperature/pressure relief valve is working.
- This valve being blocked is one of the leading causes of a water tank explosion.
- Placing a pan underneath the tank as a catch is useful for protecting against small leaks
- Placing a moisture alarm near the tank can alert you early on for a leak.
- Check your anode rod and heating elements for pitting, replace if damaged.
- Finally, flush and clear out the sediment in your tank once a year
Completing these steps can help improve your water heater’s performance, extend its life and reduce your energy bill. Most importantly it can help prevent costly property damage in the event of an appliance failure. If you do happen to face water loss as a result of an appliance failure, know that SERVPRO of Jackson & Ross, Athens & Gallia Counties is here to help you with all of your water loss needs. Call today at (740) 286-2550!