The Importance of Water Heater Maintenance

Here are some tips to prevent your water heater from turning your basement into a skating rink this winter.

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There is nothing like a water heater failure to ruin the holidays.

In fact, water heater failure is one of the top five sources of residential water damage, according to the Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety (IBHS).

Here are some tips from The Hartford Steam Boiler Inspection and Insurance Company on how to prevent your water heater from turning your basement into a skating rink this winter.

How to Maintain Your Water Heater

  1. Track the age. Water heaters that are close to 7 years or older should be regularly checked for corrosion.
  2. Periodic draining. Releasing a small bit of water from your tank can help slow down corrosion.
  3. Check the anode rod. Water heaters have a built-in rust protector: the anode rod. This should be checked regularly, as it is the most important component inside your tank.
  4. Regular maintenance. Try to have a plumbing professional familiar with water heater tanks inspect your system bi-annually.
  5. Reduce failure potential. Even with regular maintenance, water heaters can fail without warning. Therefore, it is always a good idea to create a channel for small leaks and install an automatic shut off.

The MacKenzie Agency provides Minnesota individuals and businesses with a wide variety of insurance coverages, including flood insurance. Contact one of our agents today!

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