Every home has a water heater, but many residents are unaware of the dangers water heaters pose. You don’t have to be an expert plumber, you just have to be aware of some basic water heater safety to keep your home safe. A plumber should check your water heater annually, even if you properly maintain your unit. Follow these helpful water heater safety tips to protect your home and family.
Turn it Down
Start by reducing the water heater temperature to about 130 degrees. Many plumbers may initially set your water heater to 140 degrees, but at this temperature the water from your could scald you or someone else in your home. Turning down the temperature will keep the water at a safe temperature and reduce energy costs.
Check it Out
Examine your water heater periodically. Check for water leaks of any kind. Sometimes drain valves malfunction, and the leaking water can cause a lot of damage to your home and is extremely wasteful. Check inside the combustion chamber. The flame should be burning mostly blue. The chamber should be relatively free of dust, and the chamber roof free of rust and black soot. Do this about once a month, and have your plumber examine the water heater professionally at least once a year.
Clean it Up
Keep the area around the water heater clean and clear. Dust can take years off a water heater’s life. Brooms, paint brushes and other items that commonly get stored in the utility closet can catch fire if placed too close to the combustion chamber or water heater. Your plumber will thank you for a pleasant area to work in, and you’ll reduce the risk of fire and malfunction.
Schedule an annual check-up for your water heater with Bishop Plumbing. We serve the plumbing needs of Chicago, Glenview, Northbrook, Schaumburg, Des Plaines, and Arlington Heights. Visit our website or call us at (847) 960-3698 for an appointment today.