The start of a fresh school year always is an insane time. You have school activities, work, and visitors coming over. And everybody in the family now needs hot water. Life as you know it, unfortunately, has been interrupted by a leaky water heater. The inconvenience alone is bad enough; however, as you factor in the probability of water damage, it might become a catastrophe.
My water heater is in the garage, so why be concerned?
Your garage is an out- of-the-way, seemingly safe area for a water heater, and for this reason, most individuals wait until the water heater is leaking before replacing it. However, even inside a garage, leaks may be an issue. Before placing your water heater on “ignore,” take some time to survey your room. As garages often are utilized as storage, anything valuable which might be damaged by water ought to be secured properly. When installed in a garage, many water heaters are put onto stands. Water heater stands are made to keep gas burners 18” off the floor.
Your water heater is inside a pan, so you’re fine.
A pan is a great way to assist in preventing damage from a leaky water heater. However, there are some things you should be aware of. Not every pan comes with a drain. Even with drains, the pan only is made to prevent a tiny quantity of water from flooding.
Usually, as a water heater leaks, it begins with a small trickle, and a pan that has a drain is going to keep up with the water flow. However, if that goes unnoticed, the leak may reach a point in which the drain may no longer keep up. It’s suggested that a water heater that has a pan ought to have an alarm device which will allow you to know as water is leaking into it. Here’s the bottom line: finding water damage isn’t the best method of being alerted to an issue with your water heater.
For more information on our water heater repair services contact Jamerson Appliance Repair at (910) 351-0293.