Most homeowners don’t give much thought to their water heaters. In fact, the sign of a good water heater is when you don’t know it exists. Eventually, however, your water heater will run into problems. But there are things that you can do to keep your water heater going for as long as possible!
Check the Anode Rod
This rod is installed inside your water heater to keep the tank from rusting or cracking. This anode rod attracts corrosive elements inside your water and keeps them from gathering on the tank itself. When the rod itself becomes so corroded that it can no longer hold any more corrosive materials, it is time to replace it. Keeping this rod clean (replace every five years) can just about double the life span of your water heater)!
Keep Your Water Heater Clean
Regular maintenance means keeping your water heater cleaned. Flush out the tank to remove any buildup at least every six months. Using your garden hose, attach the hose to the valve of your water heater’s base to flush out any sediment build-up. Make sure you have switched off the power beforehand to allow the water to cool before attempting this step.
Test Your Pressure or Temperature Relief Valve
This value is designed to stop your tank from exploding when the pressure or temperature goes over the safe limit. Test this valve regularly as residential valves regularly fail. Testing this annually will ensure that water is flowing freely when the handle is raised and that the water stops when the handle is released.
If Your Water Heater Fails
Your water heater has an average lifespan of 10 years. Like any standard appliance, wear and tear can cause issues to the tank that will cause irreplaceable damage, needing it to be replaced.
One of the most common problems to arise involves the connection of the water supply lines. Leaks from these lines often leads to widespread damage, from mold and mildew to structural problems. The mold and mildew buildup can lead to health problems to people in the household who might be susceptible.
Call in Alpha Omega Pros
Even with the most reliable maintenance, leaks can still occur with water heaters. If this happens, the water damage team is ready to go. We begin the process by removing any standing water and drying out any high moisture areas.
Our sanitation products include odor removal caused by excessive moisture and disinfecting property to keep away bacteria, mildew, and mold. We then dry out the property and begin reconstruction procedures to quickly bring your property back to normal. We offer water damage restoration services to the Billings area, as well as 24/7 teams on standby to help with emergency services.
Call us today or visit our website to request a service call.