How Maintaining Your Water Heater Can Prolong Its Life And Keep You Safe

Most people don’t give any thought to the water heater in their home. As long as hot water is produced, they don’t consider that these heaters actually require routine maintenance and inspections in order to continue functioning safely.
The safety concerns that accompany an unmaintained water heater should be taken seriously. Here are some tips to help you ensure that the water heater in your home stays in good shape;

Regular Maintenance
Did you know that water heaters can actually explode, causing extensive damage to your home? Leaks and ruptures are usually completely avoidable if you maintain your water heater. Depending on the age and model of your water heater, it should be drained and the sediment washed out every 6-12 months. Otherwise, this sediment will build up in the bottom of the tank over time, and seals and valves can wear away, all of which will cause serious problems if left unattended. Keeping the heater clean will you avoid this, as well as improving how efficiently it runs.

Maintenance can be as simple as draining and rinsing the tank, checking the seals, and filling it back up, so it’s worth the small investment of time to ensure that it is operating safely. Water damage from a leaky or ruptured water heater can cause a plethora of other issues, from mold to cracked foundations, so it’s important that you take this maintenance seriously.

Have it Inspected
Whether you’re considering purchasing a home or you already own it, it’s useful to have your water heater inspected from time to time. As part of your home inspection, your inspector can give you an idea as to the condition of the heater. How old it is, when it was last inspected, and whether or not you should consider purchasing a new one. They can also tell you whether or not it was installed properly, as improper installation is one of the leading causes of water heater issues. Most heaters are designed to last 8-12 years, so depending on the age and how well it was maintained, it could be worth it to invest in a new water heater and get a fresh start.

Many of the issues that occur in a home can be avoided with proper maintenance, and your water heater is no exception. At Super Inspection Pros, we value the opportunity to ensure the safety and security of your home. We offer a variety of inspections to meet your needs, as well as 24-hour turnaround. Contact us to schedule an inspection or to learn more.

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