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Water Heater Disasters that Professional Maintenance Can Completely Prevent

Tuesday, December 27th, 2016 at 11:00 am

Water heaters are one of those home appliances that are typically out of sight, and as a result, out of mind. That is, until something goes wrong. If you’re fortunate, when something goes wrong it will just be a simple repair need and your water heater will be back up and running in no time.

However, if you skip maintenance, then you could find yourself facing one of the following disasters. We don’t just think “maintenance is a good idea.” We see it as an absolute necessity, to keep your home and your family safe.

Avoid Home Flooding

Do you know what an anode rod does? This is the component within your water heater that absorbs rust so the rest of your water heater isn’t burdened by it. The anode rod, however, does not last forever. It doesn’t even last throughout the typical lifespan of a tank water heater.

Therefore, it must be checked during each of your annual maintenance visits. If the anode rod is allowed to rust out, then that rust and corrosion will begin wearing down other parts of your water heater, until the system starts leaking or bursts. A water heater flood can happen pretty quickly at that point!

Prevent Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

Many homeowners use natural gas to power their home appliances. This includes their water heaters. If you are one of those homeowners, then there is a chance that you can experience carbon monoxide leaks, and subsequent poisoning.

This is most often caused by a venting problem with the water heater. The act of combustion is what creates carbon monoxide, and if it can’t vent properly out of your home, it will infiltrate it instead. For this reason, it’s imperative that you have a properly installed carbon monoxide detector on hand. But, it’s equally important to have a professional plumber—such as one from our staff—check your water heater on an annual basis to make sure it’s venting as it should.

To schedule your DuPont, WA tank water heater maintenance appointment, contact Brooks Plumbing Co. today!

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