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Regarding Water Heater Safety and Maintenance

June 25, 2024 August Culver Comments Off

Relighting a gas water heater may seem like a simple task, but it carries significant risks that homeowners
should be aware of. One of the primary dangers is the risk of gas buildup and explosion.
For this reasons, it is crucial to address any issues with the pilot light promptly and safely​​. If you detect the smell of gas coming from your basement, your immediate action should be to contact your gas utility company. They have the expertise to identify and address the problem effectively. Additionally, it’s important to locate the gas shutoff valve, which is usually found on the gas line running parallel to your water heater. The valve is open when the handle is aligned with the gas line. To close it, turn the handle clockwise until it is perpendicular to the gas line. This simple step can prevent potential hazards and ensure your safety.

Ensure there is a clear space of at least 18 inches around the water heater, free from items such as gasoline containers, paint cans, paper products, and other flammable materials.

At A&A Plumbing and Rooter Service, we understand the risks involved in relighting a gas water heater.
Our professional technicians are trained to handle such tasks safely and efficiently. If you are experiencing
issues with your water heater pilot light, do not hesitate to contact us. We are here to ensure your water heater functions correctly without posing any danger to your household.

Keep The Area Clean

Keeping the area around your water heater clean and free of flammable items is essential for maintaining a safe environment. Ensure there is a clear space of at least 18 inches around the water heater, free from items such as gasoline containers, paint cans, paper products, and other flammable materials. This helps prevent accidental fires and keeps the area safe for necessary maintenance. Regularly inspect the area and remove any clutter that could pose a risk​.

To prolong the life of your water heater, regular maintenance is key. Experts recommend inspecting your water heater at least once a year. This inspection should include checking for leaks, ensuring the pilot light is functioning correctly, and flushing the tank to remove sediment buildup. Sediment can accumulate over time, reducing the efficiency of the water heater and potentially causing damage. Additionally, checking the anode rod every few years and replacing it if necessary can help prevent corrosion inside the tank. Regular maintenance not only extends the life of your water heater but also
ensures it operates safely and efficiently​​.

If you ever feel unsure about performing maintenance tasks or relighting the pilot light, remember that A&A Plumbing and Rooter Service is just a call away. Our team is dedicated to providing you with the best service, ensuring your water heater remains in top condition and your home stays safe.

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