There aren't many household systems more confusing than plumbing, which is why I stopped trying to fix mine on my own. I realized that taking things apart was increasingly more difficult, so I stopped guessing and started looking for a trained expert who could come out and help. When I found the right professional, it was amazing to see how much easier things were. They went through, evaluated my plumbing system, and made changes that changed my home from the inside-out. Check out this blog to find out more about how to avoid plumbing problems and when to hire a professional of your own.
Sometimes, do-it-yourself water heater repairs can go terribly wrong if you use the wrong materials to fix them, or if you don't recognize specific safety hazards surrounding the appliance. You can actually place you and your home at risk for fire damage, as well as serious burns to the skin. Before you take on a DIY water heater repair project, here are two very dangerous reasons you should call a plumber instead.
Fire Hazards and Explosions
If you think it's perfectly safe to repair your water heater on your own, think again. In recent news, a homeowner tried to repair their ailing water heater without the expert advice or assistance of a professional plumber. In their attempts to repair the water heater with insulation spray foam, the homeowner accidentally set their home on fire and now faces thousands of dollars of property damage. A simple call to a plumber would've solved the water heater problem and prevented the unnecessary loss of the home.
So, how can a water heater cause so much destruction?
Water heaters emit invisible hot air molecules that react dangerously with chemicals and other volatile gases. When the fumes and vapors of chemicals, such as those found in flammable spray foam products, encounter heat, they can ignite into fires. In worst cases, the water heater explodes.
Protect your family and home by scheduling safe and effective water heater repair services with your plumber.
Skin Burns and Electrical Injuries
Water heaters can reach up to 160 °F very quickly, depending on the brand and type of appliance you own. These extremely hot temperatures can burn or scald your skin upon contact. If you accidentally poke a hole into the water heater's hot housing, scalding water can shoot out of it.
A damaged hot water heater can also leak water from the bottom of the appliance. If the water runs or flows to a power outlet or cord, it can cause an electrical hazard. You may even experience an electrical shock or electrocution that stops your heart.
If you notice standing water or moisture inside the water heater's closet or room, shut down the power to that area. Place insulated or fire-resistant blankets over the wet areas, then use a chair to block off the room.
If there's a door to the water heater's closet, close and/or lock it. Place a note or sign on the door that indicates a danger zone. You want to keep anyone who doesn't know about the damaged water heater from entering the area. Contact your plumber for emergency services.
When it comes to safety, leave some repairs to experts like Drain-A-Way Inc. If your water heater breaks down or malfunctions, immediately contact your plumber for services.Share
30 July 2015