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How To Prevent Damage from Water Heaters This Season

How To Prevent Damage from Water Heaters This Season

Over the past few years, water damage claims have increased more than any other components of homeowner insurance. It is important to understand your insurance policy and be aware of what your current coverage is. Water heater damage could be costly and time-consuming. Before this season’s weather becomes more intense, follow these steps to prevent any damage to your water heaters.

Check the age of your water heater

A water heater’s life expectancy ranges between 8-12 years. As your water heater ages, its risk for leak or sudden bursts increases. Understand that as your water heater gets older, you should increase the amount of times you have it inspected.

Check the anode rod

An anode rod is installed in your water heater to avoid corrosion of the tank In order to determine if your rod needs to be replaced, it needs to be inspected minimally every two years. After the warranty is expired, it should be inspected every year.

Clean out regularly

Every six months, the sediment should be flushed out of your water heater. This can be done by attaching a garden hose to the valve at the base of the heater after turning off the power and running hot water until it cools.

Get an annual inspection

Having a plumbing professional inspect your water eater annually could save you significant time and money in the future. Broken valves, loose or wet joints, and ruse are early signs that more severe damage is coming.

According to a study on ibhs.org, water damage failure is one of the top sources of residential water damage. About 40% of all homeowners have stated they have experienced a loss due to water heater damage, while 93% of this damage is actually preventable. 69% of all water heater failures result from a slow leak or sudden burst. Reduce your risk of water failure before the temperatures drops, and you’re left with a cold morning shower!