It is never a good idea to delay water heater maintenance as it can lead to serious damages in the house and even injuries. However, the only way to know that your hot water heater needs maintenance is by carrying out a water heater inspection. Therefore, to make sure that you get the nice and cozy feeling of hot water touching your body on a cold morning, here are a few tips to prevent your water heater from leaking or being damaged due to general usage.
The first thing you need to do to inspect your water heater is to locate where it is installed first. Your water heater is likely installed along an exterior wall, the gas and water supply lines, in the basement, on a raised platform, or even in the garage.
Check for leaks
After finding the location of your hot water heater, the next thing you need to do is check for leaks or any signs of rust. Some of the areas you should check for signs include:
For your hot water heater to function properly, it is a good idea to remove any form of sediments from the tank of the water heater. This is done to prevent the hot water pipes that run from the water heater to the house from being clogged up with sediments. The best way to ensure this is by flushing your water tank at least once or twice or year.
When you want to perform flushing on your water heater, make sure that power and water supply to your hot water heater is turned off. You can also seek the services of a professional or make use of our water heater inspection services to ensure that you get the best service possible.
At least once in a month, make sure that you open and test the pressure relief valve to ensure that pressure does not build up dangerously in your water heater. While carrying out your pressure test, make sure that you follow the manufacturer’s instructions as this can be quite dangerous if not done properly. If you are not sure of how to go about it, you can seek the help of a professional plumber like the one we offer to our customers.
If your pressure needs to be replaced, make sure that it is replaced by a professional.
Anode rod inspection
The function of the anode rod is to help prevent rust and corrosion in your water heater. The lifespan of the anode rod in your hot water heater depends largely on the composition of your water (soft or hard water) and how often you use your heater. You should inspect your anode rod every three years.
If your anode rod is less than ½ inch thick or is heavily coated with calcium, then you need to have it replaced.
This inspection is for gas-powered water heaters. If your water heater has a top vent, then you need to make sure that the vent is not clogged up as this can cause a buildup of Carbon monoxide (CO) gas in your home, and this can be fatal. It is highly recommended that you employ the service of a professional to help with checking your water heater for CO leakage.
If you would like to have your water heater inspected by a professional, you can contact us for the inspection, maintenance, repair, and replacement of your water heater. We also offer consultation services to ensure that you know the best way to prevent causing damage to your water heater through use or misuse.