As part of the national government’s efforts for safe heating systems, every homeowner is expected to become an advocate of home water safety. To make this possible and successful, consider the following tips to keep the water heater of your home functioning safely and efficiently.

DIY Maintenance for Gas and Electric-Fired Heating Systems:

  • Drain water coming from water tank to combat the impact of calcium carbonate on your heater. You just have to attach garden hose to your drain valve and empty water into a bucket or floor drain. You may have to open and close the valve several times to flush sediments.
  • Test the temperature-pressure (T & P) relief valve of your water heater once a year, ensuring that that there’s a pipe that is attached to its outlet. Pull on the T & P handle to flush the sediment. Call a professional plumber in case it fails to be sealed.
  • Consumer safety organizations advise residences with small children to set water heater thermostat to 120 degrees. Bear in mind as well that water temperatures lower than 120 degree Fahrenheit can unable bacterial growth inside the heater.

  • Safety Tips for Gas-Fired Hot Water Systems:

  • See to it that combustibles are away from the area surrounding your hot water tank. Keep the area clear of flammable liquids and accumulations of dust, dirt or similar things. Avoid aerosol bug bombs without properly shutting the gas supply and extinguishing the light.
  • Raise the water heater in your garage are making the pilot light 18 inches above the floor. This will prevent gasoline fume ignition.
  • A carbon monoxide detector is critical in any gas-fuelled appliance. Just be careful on its safety precautions in handling as it can be a major cause of poisoning. Get out of your house as soon as possible whenever you smell gas then call the fire department for some help.

  • Professional Maintenance:

    Some tasks on your hot water unit need to be performed by service professionals such as the following:

  • Burners of oil- and gas-fired water heaters must be cleaned once in a year. Hire service professionals to examine its vents and flues for possible loose connections or cracks.
  • Delegate the task of replacing your sacrificed anode rod once in two or five years. Take note that the anode rod tends to corrode while its steel tank is still intact due to the electrochemical reaction.
  • Most manufacturers will recommend you to remove and inspect T &P valve for corrosion deposits. Only replace the T & P valve through a licensed plumber.
  • You will be recommended to a qualified plumber if you have leak in your water heater. Keep in mind that both gas and electric water heaters have an average lifespan of 13 years.

  • You can’t afford to lose your property and harm anyone in your household that could possibly happen if you have damaged hot water system. Remember, accidents happen with no specific time and place, so always keep safe with these initiatives.