With fall already here and winter just around the corner, we can see obvious changes in temperature. With the weather getting colder it is only natural for people to start using more hot water within their home. Whether it is for drawing a hot bath or for using more hot water in the kitchen it all results in increased strain on your water heater, which often times can lead to water damage.
When a water heater is installed within the home it constantly has water circulating or sitting inside the tank. This is only natural for a water heater to be constantly using water, but with the combination of water and metal often results in rust over time. This is why it is important to keep an eye on your water heater, especially during times of increased or heavy use. When checking your water heater it is important to look for signs of rust before a bigger problem arises. The most common places for rust damage on water heaters are found at the base of the heater as well as at the connecting pipes of the water heater. If you notice that your water heater is experiencing an erosion problem then be sure to call a restoration specialist as soon as possible. Rusty areas on your water heater may not appear to be a problem at the moment but they will almost always lead to a leak. If you are already finding a small drip or sitting water by your water heater then it is important to call a water damage specialist. Water restoration specialists can help identify where the water is coming from, restore any water damaged areas of your home as well as analyze the status of your water heater to see if it can be repaired or if it is more cost effective to get it replaced.
Water heaters most typically have a life span of 7-16 years depending on the model and use. If you are in the process of getting a new water heater, it should be installed on the lowest floor of your home. This will help prevent any additional water damage if a leak should occur. This way if a leak occurs the water will not seep down to other floors of your home. Another key placement for a water heater is to place it as close to a drain as possible. This will also help with any potential water damage by allowing any water to flow directly into the drain until the leak is noticed and fixed. These tips on where to locate your water heater may be very simple but they can minimize any potential problems later on in life.