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Preventing Water Heater Leaks and Overflows

One of the most common causes of water damage and carpet damage is flooding. Aside from flooding, water heater leaks and overflows can also cause this particular problem. When you have a water heater that leaks or overflows, you not only find yourself with the possibility of carpets that are soaked but also with floors underneath that need repairs. This problem will need to be addressed with both carpet cleaning and water damage restoration.

Before the problem escalates, however, it might be a good idea to stop it from ever happening by putting together preventive measures and a maintenance plan. Prevention, after all, is better than a cure. Here are some things you can do to help keep water heater leaks and overflows from occurring:

Invest in a water heater overflow pan – this is a pan that is used to catch any water that overflows from the heater. It can have a fitting on the side that you can connect to a pipe, which can siphon out overflows to a drain or outside easily. These come in a variety of sizes to fit your heater and are considered essential, particularly if you have an older heater in your home, which is more prone to leaking and overflows.

Install a water shut-off valve for your heater – another item you can add to your list of must-haves for your water heater is a water shut-off valve that automatically turns off the water supply should there be a lot of water underneath your heater. This is placed in the drip pan at a level where, if the water leak is pretty strong and fills the pan quickly, the sensor turns off the water supply and it stays off until you do something about this problem.

Have your heater checked and maintained regularly –check your heater’s pressure valve and temperature valve for signs of deterioration every few months. Do this for your anode rod as well, but this should be done once every couple of years. You should also have your storage tank checked for corrosion every year or so.

If you find that you do have problems with water damage when you check your water heater, you should get in touch with a professional to help you with water damage restoration. In Boston, MA the company to trust with your home water damage, plumbing leak damage, and other similar situations is Kennedy Carpet. We specialize not only in carpet cleaning and area rug cleaning but also in disaster and damage restoration brought about by flooding, fire, and other disasters.

Contact us today to find out more about what we can do for your or call us at 888-369-8626 and talk with an expert about your home’s needs.