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3 Ways to Reduce Water Heater Damage and Flooding Did you know that water heater failure is one of the top five sources of residential water loss? According to Disaster Safety (Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety), 69 percent of all water heater failures result from a slow leak or a sudden burst which can cost an average of $4,444 per incident (after deductible). Water heater damage can cause flooding which can be an unpleasant event for homeowners. Proper maintenance, annual examinations with a pluming professional, and adding a second anode rod to your water heater tank are three tips to keep in mind when attempting to reduce water heater damage. Tip #1: Proper Maintenance Proper maintenance is crucial to prevent water heater damage and flooding. More specifically, anode rod inspection and flushing sediment from the tank can allow homeowners to extend the life of their water heaters. According to Disaster Safety, the anode rod should be inspected once every two years and at least once every year after the warranty has expired. In addition, flushing sediment from the water heater can remove build-up. Furthermore, sediment build-up occurs faster in areas with hard water. Flushing the tank every six months and performing an anode rod inspection can delay the need for water heater damage, flooding, and replacement. Tip #2: Annual Examination To prevent surprise water heater damage, have your local Los Angeles emergency plumbing professional examine the shut-off valve and piping annually. While looking for signs of failing plumbing, the plumbing expert should also look for loose or wet joints and rust. Water heater issues or problems can be properly addressed after a professional has inspected the water heater. Plumbing failures are a nuisance and can create quite a headache for homeowners. Signs of plumbing failures can only be discovered oncea plumbing professionalexamines the water heater. Tip #3: Add a Second Anode Rod Adding a second anode rod will prolong the life of your water heater tank and decrease the chance for water heater flooding. Water heater tanks usually have one rod and when corrosion occurs, the water inside begins to rust the tank. To prevent this from happening, install a second anode rod to reduce the risk of water heater flooding. An anode rod allows the water to react with the aluminum or magnesium instead of corroding the water heater tank. Water heater tanks generally last anywhere from eight to fifteen years but their efficiency is reduced over time. As the tanks near the end of their life span, leaks and other water damage to the home can occur. Proper maintenance, annual examinations, and installing a second anode rod to the water heater tank can extend the life of your water heater. If you are a homeowner and is experiencing signs of water heater failure, be sure to contact your local Van Nuys plumber. Even if you are not experiencing signs of water heater damage but want to have your tank checked out anyway, contact your localplumber. References: http://disastersafety.org/studies-reports/water-heater-failure-risks/ http://prcrestoration.com/15-articles-information/water-damage-repair/19- how-to-prevent-water-heater-damage
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