Factors Why a Hot Water Tank Will Explode

In terms of having to do maintenance on ones water heater, it is a comparatively minimal maintenance home appliance. Even so, one necessary aspect of it has to be checked out regularly. Hot Water Heater Repair Clearwater FL wants to pass on this safety material regarding ones water heater today.

Excessive temperature when combined with tank corrosion inside of the storage tank can lead to an explosion. Any time the water temperature is less than 212 degrees Fahrenheit, one will be safe from an explosion, though there is a real danger of scalding at that temperature. However, if the water temperature is more than 212 degrees, water changes into steam, which will expand to 1,700 times the space it occupies as water. This is the time an explosion can also occur.

Warning Signs of a Water Heater Explosion
The leading sign is if one goes to get hot water from a faucet and only steam comes out. Immediately turn off electric power if one owns an electric water heater. If one has a gas hot water heater, shut off the gas valve on the water heater. And then, give us a call to come evaluate the condition.

Minimizing Potential Water Heater Dangers
The most critical upkeep activity with a water heater is to examine the pressure relief valve, also referred to as the T&P valve, on a regular schedule. This valve helps control the pressure accumulation within the water storage tank to avoid a threatening increase in temperature and overpressure.

Caution!
Remember, the water discharge coming from a T&P valve might be very hot. If you do not feel safe examining the valve contact us. Additionally, engaging in any kind of repairs to the valve should be completed by a expert plumbing repair business.

How to Test the T&P Valve

Clear the area near the overflow pipe and floor drain.
Lift the test handle for roughly 5 seconds or until the water runs clear.
Release the handle.
If the T&P valve keeps on running with water, lift the handle up and down quickly to have it reseat itself. One might have to do so a few times. IF it has not been tested for a while, it might be difficult to raise it at first. Don’t use an excessive amount of force, although may need to make use of just a little.
If the T&P valve remains leaking, it should really be replaced.
Some other items to watch out for are corrosion on the stem of the valve. If there is any water leaking out of the valve stem or from the drain valve.

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What the Experts Say

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