Common Hot Water Heater Problems
Over the past few months, SERVPRO of Norwich and Windham County has been called for a record amount of flooded basements due to issues with hot water heaters. The Insurance Institute for Business and Home Safety puts faulty hot water heaters in the top five causes for water damages in the home, and report that 75% of hot water heaters fail before they are twelve years old. There are three main reasons for your hot water heater to burst:
1) Sediment Build UP
Over time, sediment settles at the bottom of your hot water heater. This mineral layer insulates the water from the burner, forcing it to run longer to heat the water, causing it to overheat and deteriorate the tank
2) Rust Corroding the Tank
Inside your tank is a internal rust protection element, the anode rod. This rod should be inspected for deterioration. It is recommended to inspect the rod every two years and expect to change it once every 4-5 years.
3) Too Much Internal Pressure
Pressure builds in your tank when you set the temperature too high (over 140 degrees). Its best to keep water temperature set to 120-125 degrees. While your heater has a temperature and pressure relief valve, your extra pressure will still wear out your tank faster.
Is your basement flooded due to a water heater issue? Call SERVPRO of Norwich and Windham County at 860-887-0447. Our experienced crews are available 24/7 to help!