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While water heaters look non-threatening, if a problem is left unattended, it can pose a real danger. Check out these water heater safety tips to keep your business safe, and your water heater operating properly.

Important Water Heater Safety Tips

We hope this list of tips will not only get you thinking about your business’ water heater but that you will take steps to be more proactive with these water heater safety tips.

Get a Water Heater Inspection Annually

Most people tend to forget about the water heater until it stops working or springs a leak. However, it pays to have a professional inspection once a year. They can check for gas leaks, test the temperature/pressure relief valve, and more.

Remove Fire Hazards Near the Water Heater

This cannot be stressed enough. If you have a gas water heater, remove anything and everything near the tank that is combustible. Storing flammable liquids or other materials near the pilot light is a recipe for disaster. All it takes is one crack in the water heater tank or a leak of fumes to form a chemical reaction with combustible materials resulting in an explosive catastrophe.

Make Sure Its Properly Ventilated

Improperly placed vents, vents with drafts, and defunct vents can cause fumes to go inside your business rather than outside. While ventilation is pretty technical, you should at least make sure your water heater vents are free of dips, that they go up and out (rather than up and down), and that they are the same diameter as the tanks divert. They should be properly screwed in, especially in earthquake zone areas.

Understand How to Shut Your Water Heater Off

Knowing how to shut your water heater off has many benefits, but it’s especially helpful in fire danger and prevention.

Install Carbon Monoxide Detectors

As we said before, improper water heater ventilation can cause fumes to leak into the building. If you have a gas water heater, it’s imperative that you install a carbon monoxide detector.

While this list isn’t an all-inclusive list of water heater safety precautions, it’s a good place to starts. If you feel your water heater needs maintenance or an inspection, call a professional plumber.

Install a New Commercial Water Heater

Commercial water heaters that don’t work properly or are old and outdated could be costing you more on your bottom line. Wallingford Sales has an extensive online catalog with some of the industry’s top brands at the best prices. If you have any questions, please give us a call. 866.721.2763

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