The Causes of a Water Heater Tank Explosion

In terms of needing to undertake servicing on ones water heater, it is a pretty low maintenance device. However, one necessary element of it should be checked out regularly. Hot Water Heater Repair Moreno Valley would like to pass along this safety information regarding ones water heater today.

Too much temperature when put together with tank deterioration within the storage tank could potentially cause an explosion. If the water temperature is below 212 degrees Fahrenheit, one will be safe from an explosion, though there is a associated risk of scalding at that temperature. But, if the water temperature is over 212 degrees, water turns into steam, which will then enlarge to 1,700 times the space it occupies as water. This is when an explosion can happen.

Cautionary Signals of a Water Heater Explosion
The leading sign is if one goes to get hot water from a faucet and only steam comes out. Without delay turn off power if one possesses an electric water heater. If one owns a gas hot water heater, shut off the gas valve going to the water heater. After that, give us a call to come examine the predicament.

Minimizing Potential Water Heater Dangers
The most important upkeep activity having a water heater is to examine the pressure relief valve, referred to as the T&P valve, on a standard schedule. This valve helps control the pressure buildup on the interior of the water storage tank to avert a dangerous increase in temperature and overpressure.

Caution!
Be careful, the water discharge out of a T&P valve might be quite hot. If you do not feel comfortable evaluating the valve contact us. Additionally, undertaking any sort of repairs to the valve should really be executed by a experienced plumbing repair business.

How to Test the T&P Valve

Clear the space around the overflow pipe and floor drain.
Lift up the test handle for around 5 seconds or until the water runs clean.
Let go of the handle.
If the T&P valve keeps on running with water, raise the handle up and down rapidly to get it to reseat itself. One may need to do this a few times. IF it has not been tested for a while, it might be difficult to raise it at first. Don’t use a lot of force, but might need to make use of a little.
If the T&P valve remains leaking, it should be changed.
Additional points to watch out for are corrosion on the stem of the valve. If there is any water leaking out of the valve stem or out of the drain valve.

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What the Experts Say

  • The discharge from a T&P valve can be very hot. It is very important that all T&P valves be installed properly with a discharge line piped downward to an adequate drain to avoid property damage and to minimize possible human contact.
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