While most people very rarely pay attention to them, water heaters are constantly working in our homes to make sure we can wash dishes, take warm showers, and do our laundry. Here are some water heater safety tips to keep you and your water heater safe.
1. Keep Flammable Items Away
Because your water heater is connected to a gas line and uses a flame to heat water, it is a good idea to keep the area around the water heater clear of flammable items like paper, boxes, flammable liquids, etc. Also, avoid using aerosol products around the water heater while it is on.
2. Make Sure the Temperature/Pressure Relief Valve is Functioning
The temperature/pressure (T&P) relief valve is an extremely important failsafe system on your water heater. If water pressure builds up to a dangerous level, then the T&P valve opens up to release water and pressure from the tank. The valve’s proper functioning keeps your basement from turning into a rocket launch pad!
3. Install Earthquake Straps
Even if you don’t live in an earthquake prone area, installing earthquake straps around your water heater is a great way to make sure your water heater stays upright in case of an emergency. Falling over would expose the natural gas line to the pilot light in the water heater and may cause a fire.
4. Shell Integrity
Many people don’t realize that what they see when looking at a water heater is just a sheet-metal covering for the actual tank. While you may not know exactly the condition the inner tank is, you can guess that the way the shell looks is an indicator of tank health. If your tank looks beat up, then have a plumber come and examine the water heater for you.
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