Annual water heater maintenance is an important part of keeping your household moving. Your water heater is an essential part of your home plumbing system. During the summer months there is a lot more laundry with beach towels and camping stuff. Having hot water is mandatory for getting these items clean and free from mildew and other bacteria.
The summer season is the perfect time for hot water heater maintenance. The best way to prevent small problems from escalating to major plumbing emergencies is prevention. During a routine water heater inspection any problem areas that might turn into major problems are caught and fixed before they can get out of hand.
Here are some specifics that will be inspected on your water heater:
If your water heater is more than five years old it might be starting to show signs of corrosion. This happens when parts of the tank begin to rust due to storing water for years. While most water heaters are designed to last at least ten years. This is the first sign that yours is starting to breakdown. Sometimes, you might even notice a discoloration in your water because of it.
The water in your water heater’s storage tank is heated by an element that is powered by either electricity or gas. It is important to have that element inspected professionally at least one time per year to make sure it is working correctly and without danger to you or your family.
The storage tank of your water heater is sealed and designed to hold its capacity of water at all times. But, if the tank is broken down due to corrosion or external damage it might begin to bulge or, show signs that it is going to burst. These signs will be noticed by a professional during inspection.
A burst water heater is a disaster no matter what time of year it happens. But, during the summer months it is more likely that you will be away from home and a burst water heater could result in days of water flooding inside of your home. Make sure to have your water heater professionally inspected for signs of damage.