3 Basic Tips to Prevent Hot Water Heater Explosions
Your home is a sanctuary for your loved ones and their security is one of your main priorities, so you need to make sure that they are living in a secure and safe premise. As a homeowner, a routine that you need to do yearly to prevent water heater explosion is to check your pressure relief valve in your hot water tank. And believe it or not, if your pressure relief valve goes bad, it can actually be deadly and could explode causing harm to you and your family.
We will give a thorough explanation on the steps for checking your pressure relief valve to avoid further accidents such as explosion of tank in your premises.
1. Remove the discharge tube in your water heater tank and your tube should extend down to the floor about 6 inches from the floor. In case the temperature is too high, or the pressure gets too high and if you don’t have the discharge tube properly installed it could blow up and hurt anyone at your home. So it is very important to have and properly install a discharge tube in your water heater tanks.
2. Get a metal or aluminium basin and drain about a cup or two of water from the tube. Slowly lift the lever at the pressure relief valve to release the water. Drain the required water and then slowly release the lever to stop the water from flowing.
Take Note: Most of the manufacturers advises you that you need to be delicate in opening the lever of the pressure relief valve. Do not completely open the lever when you try to lift or snap it back immediately when you are draining the water from the tank because it might get loosen or broken causing leakage in your pressure relief valve.
3. After draining the water and releasing the lever wipe first the lip of the lever with a dry cloth and after take a look and observe the lever from the pressure relief valve. The lever of the pressure relief valve should not release even a small drop of water on it because if it is having small drops of water then that is a clear indication of leakage in your pressure relief valve. If it is leaking, that simply means you need to replace the relief valve and take note you need to replace it immediately to avoid further problems in your water heater tank. And if you open the lever and there is no water flowing out from it, you need to replace the relief valve immediately as well.
As a homeowner, you are therefore responsible in maintaining and securing all the materials and appliances operating in your premises. The steps provided to you are very simple, easy to follow and is very effective. Knowing how to properly use, maintain and fix your devices at home can make a big difference in ensuring the safety of the people living at your premises.
If you encounter delicate issues with your water heater tank, do not hesitate to get in touch immediately for a licensed plumbing specialist to have it checked and fixed immediately.