Today’s modern water heaters are more reliable and more dependable than ever before and provide for many years of uninterrupted water heating service. However, there are some simple water heater safety tips that every homeowner should consider as a way to ensure that injury or property damage does not occur. For example, a simple strategy that should always be incorporated into maintaining a water heater is to remove any accumulation of dust or debris from the water heater enclosure.
Reduce The Chances Of A Combustion Event
Equally important is to plan ahead and always extinguish a water heater pilot light before using any type of flammable liquids or aerosol sprays. Staying proactive in this regard can greatly reduce the chances of a potential fire or explosion. Another great way of reducing the chances or likelihood of a fire or explosion is to make certain that a water heater is installed so that the pilot light is at least 18 to 24 inches above the floor surface. This will serve to reduce the chances of a combustion event because of gasoline vapors that tend to pool near the floor.
Installing Earthquake Straps To Better Secure A Water Heater
Another great way of improving overall efficiency and safety with regard to a water heater is to consider the installation of an automatic gas shutoff valve. This type of device will stop the flow of gas if excessive gas flow is detected. An equally good safety measure is to consider installing earthquake straps to better secure a water heater. When a water heater is more firmly secured it is less likely to fall during some type of natural events such as an earthquake.
Adjust The Water Heater To The Vacation Mode
Finally, many experts agree that the water heater temperature control should be set to maintain the temperature of hot water that is produced to between 120 and 130°F. Keeping water heater temperature in this range will reduce the chances of being scalded on high-end or being exposed to mold growth at the low end. As an added note, many of today’s modern water heaters have a vacation setting. It is recommended that when homeowners leave for an extended period of time that they adjust the water heater to the vacation mode until they return. Contact Parker and Sons today for Phoenix plumbing services that are reliable and dependable.