Flooding caused by a leaking water heater can be one of the most aggravating and damaging home disasters you will ever experience. In addition to the mess caused by gallons of hot water spilling onto your floor, there is also the expense of cleanup and repairs. But the damage can go beyond flooding. So, to prevent water-heater-related issues, check your water heater regularly!
Avoid Water Heater Failure With the Following Steps
Check your water heater’s age. If your water heater reaches its life expectancy, the risk of a slow leak or sudden burst increases. Consequently, your efforts to inspect and maintain the water heater should increase.
What is an anode rod and why should you care? A “sacrificial” anode rod is installed in water heaters to avoid corrosion of the tank. To determine if your anode rod needs to be replaced, it should be inspected once every two years and at least annually once the warranty has expired.
Clean out your water heater regularly. Regular water heater maintenance should include removing sediment by flushing the tank every six months. Water heaters can be flushed by attaching a garden hose to the valve at the base of the water heater. Note: It’s always best to consult with a reputable plumbing company or a professional to ensure maintenance of any kind is done correctly.
Get an inspection annually. Don’t forget to have a plumbing professional inspect your water heater’s shut-off valve and all piping annually. Signs of broken valves and loose or wet joints and rust are a signal that more severe damage is coming.
The Hazards of Water Heater Overflows
Because of the fact that water heater flooding has the added elements of high temperature and late detection, the number of threats that it creates exceeds that of normal flooding. Be aware of the following if you have a water heater overflow:
Water heater failure is one of the top five sources of residential water damage. The longer you wait the worse it can get and attempting to clean up the water yourself could be dangerous and risky. Contact the experienced professionals at Sage Restoration for a quick and easy resolution to your problem.