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Warning: Your Water Heater Can Explode!

Ace Plumbing - Monday, March 23, 2015
After watching the Myth Busters’ video (click here), it is evident a hot water heater has the potential to become a bomb waiting to employ intense structural damage to a home and potentially cause fatalities. Of course, no one wants this outcome. However, a neglected hot water heater has the capability to do such a thing.

What Causes the Explosive Powers Resting in a Hot Water Heater to Reach its Potential?

Temperature-Pressure Relief Valve

This component of the tank is an integral part for its proper functioning. Excessively hot water in a home, sputtering faucets, or dripping coming from the temperature-pressure relief valve could be indicators pressure is building up in the tank. If you notice any of these, call your plumber to professionally evaluate the status of the water heater and to ensure you and your family’s safety.
 

Gas Leak

You may have a potential explosion on your hands instead of a blasting rocket if there is a gas leak around the water heater. The gas could ignite by the water heater’s ignition flame and a disastrous outcome would arise.

Ways to Prevent an Explosion

Annual maintenance

It is easy to forget about the water heater because it is located in the forgotten corners of a home. However, scheduling annual maintenance with a professional plumber can ensure all components are properly functioning and potential gas leaks are prevented. A professional can also properly repair or replace a water heater if needed. Having a professional complete repairs and installations can save you money in the long run by preventing issues that may be caused by a do-it-yourself installation.
 

Keep an Eye on the Temperature

The water heater’s temperature should be maintained around 120 degrees Fahrenheit. If the water exceeds 120 degrees, scalding water could cause structural damage to the water heater. If you feel the temperature gauge is not reading correctly, call your plumber to evaluate the situation.
 
The key to preventing a bomb or explosion from taking place in your home is not to ignore the water heater and to remember to leave all maintenance to the professionals at Ace Plumbing.

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