Water Heater Safety: Important Dos And Don’ts For Homeowners

A water heater is one of those household appliances that many people tend to take for granted--until they run into a problem. Your home's water heater ensures that you always have warm water for a steamy shower/bath, a load of laundry, or even to wash the dishes. If poorly maintained, however, a residential water heater is not only going to need premature repair, but could even be a safety hazard to you and your loved ones.

DO Flush Your Tank Annually

One of the best ways to prolong the life of your water heater and keep your family safe is to simply have the tank flushed once a year. This can be done by any water heater or plumbing service professional and is recommended as part of an annual plumbing inspection. Flushing the tank will remove sediment and other debris that can damage the tank or even get into your home's water supply.

DON'T Ignore a Leak

If you notice any water coming from your water heater or even pooling around it, then it's time to call a professional to take a look at it. Even a small leak, if left alone, can lead to a tank rupture. And when that tank ruptures, you're bound to have lots of water damage and possibly even flooding in your home (especially if you're not around to shut off the water supply when it happens).

DO Test the Safety Relief

Water heaters have a device known as a safety relief valve; this small mechanism is responsible for making sure the pressure inside the tank doesn't get to be too high and for keeping the water from overheating to a dangerous level. It's a good idea to test this valve regularly to ensure it's working properly; this should be done as part of your annual plumbing inspection at the same time your water tank is flushed.

DON'T Leave the Area a Mess

Finally, be sure to keep clutter away from your water heater--especially when it comes to flammable materials. Even lint from a nearby clothes dryer can pose a fire hazard if it makes its way close enough to the water heater itself, so be careful to vacuum, mop, and/or dust the area around your water heater regularly. By keeping these basic water heater safety tips in mind, you can prolong the life of your water heater and keep your loved ones safe in the process.

To learn more, contact a company like Mechanical Energy Systems