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The Dark Side Of Water Heaters

October 1st, 2015 | [email protected] | Tags:

Water heaters: we all love them! The idea of taking a cold shower is a thought most people shudder at. Typically, we don’t think much about our water heaters, because as long as they’re working, we’re not consciously aware of their condition. But being familiar with your water heater and its maintenance requirements is actually really important, because a water heater can cause serious health problems if installed incorrectly.

Water heaters have been categorized as a silent killer. You may think it’s working perfectly fine, until someone in your home gets carbon monoxide poisoning,or the equipment explodes. That’s right. Your water heater has the potential to cause some life-threatening damage. You must be wondering, how does such a day-to-day contraption as a water heater have the power to cause this much destruction? For starters, the problem can stem from a bad installation job, which is why you should always let a licensed professional install these important items,and ensure the safety of your home.  Another issue your water heater might be facingcould be attributed toimproper venting. Vents should be the same diameter as the draft diverter, and it’s imperative that the vents are connected properly. A poorly connected vent can fall apart, which results in carbon monoxide spreading over your home.

Lack of insulation, meaningthe cover, line, or separation material that prevents or reduces the passage or leakage of heat, electricity, or sound, is another aspect that affects your heater’s health. Just like insulating your walls or roof, insulating your water heater is an easy and inexpensive way to improve energy efficiency and reduce your monthly bill.If your water heater is new, it is likely already insulated. If you have an older hot water tank, and you’re considering insulating it, there are some things to keep in mind:

  • Let a professional complete the insulation of your water heater. If you do it yourself, you might be covering important vents that can cause deadly gases to leak out.
  • Many synthetic foam-insulating materials release toxic substances when heated or burned.
  • Insulating your home is a great idea if you’re looking to save money, but do your research on your specific water heater before you call a professional.

We at Precision Home Inspectors know this information may be confusingand overwhelming at first. If you’re still unsure about the safety of your water heater, don’t hesitate to contact us, as you may be dealing with a life-threatening hazard.  Our goal is to make sure you’re safe in your home.