Three Hot Water Heater Disasters To Avoid

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Like any other appliance in your home, a hot water heater requires periodic maintenance in order to function at its best ability. Both home maintenance and professional maintenance by a qualified plumber are central to your hot water heater's health, and any hot water heater can also produce serious problems if neglected, some minor and others quite major. Here are three such disasters you can avoid by taking care of your water heater.

1. Explosions

While it's highly uncommon for a water heater to actually explode, that doesn't mean that it's not within the realm of possibility. In fact, there is a specific part on the water heater called the temperature pressure relief valve that's designed to keep explosions from happening. Of course, the valve needs periodic inspection, testing, and/or replacement in order to function correctly. As you can imagine, this easy maintenance task can have big repercussions if neglected. In other words? Don't forget the temperature pressure relief valve. Fortunately, caring for it is a DIY task and not one you need to have the plumber in for.

2. Flooding and leaks

Yes, a water heater tank can develop rust and leaks if the sacrificial anode isn't replaced on a regular basis. However, things can be much worse than that. If sediment builds up in the bottom of the tank, it can keep the bottom of the tank from being protected by the anode at all, which can jumpstart the process of corrosion in that section of the tank. If neglected for long enough, this can cause a sudden failure of the bottom of the tank, in which case serious flooding can occur.

3. Failure to heat water

Of course, some people will find a lack of hot water more devastating than others will. And it's true that simply not having hot water may seem like less of a disaster than an explosion; but on the other hand, it is much more likely to happen. There are many ways for water heaters to fail, some of which are quite common ones (such as a heating element that burns out and needs to be replaced). If you have your water heater inspected annually by a professional, you can avoid this problem as well as the two more serious ones above. Explosions and water damage, as well as water heater failures of less violent tendencies, can all put a cramp in your style, but you can easily avoid them by simply practicing preventive maintenance on a regular basis.  

For more assistance, contact a service like Reeves Plumbing & Heating.

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