You can do without a TV or a home entertainment system, but you can never do without a water heater, especially if you live in areas with colder climates. Your water heater is without a doubt one of the most important appliances in your home, and it’s only right that you take real good care of it so you’ll have hot water for years and years to come.
Over the years, your water heater will be a subject to wear and tear, and the worst kind of wear and tear that you will have to deal with concerning your water heater is corrosion. Corrosion in a water heater can cause a number of problems. For one, it can diminish the performance of your water heater. For another, this diminished performance will eventually lead to a complete failure of your water heater system. That is why you should make preventing corrosion in your water heater a top priority, and here are some tips to help you do just that.
Know the usual problem areas
Preventing water heater corrosion rests mainly on checking the trouble spots of your water heater. Fortunately, these problematic areas are well known, and gives you a great chance of stopping heater corrosion before the problem becomes bigger.
Check the anode rod
Your water heater has an anode rod that prevents corrosion of the unit and instead divert all that corrosion to the anode rod itself. Over time, however, a hard layer of calcium carbonate will eventually encase the anode rod and prevent it from doing its job. That’s why you have to check the anode rod on a regular basis. To make sure it’s checked properly, get a professional to do the job. Part of the test would be remove the anode rod from the unit and trying to bend it by hand. If the anode rod bends rather easily, it means you have to replace it.
Check the electrical elements
When you have an electric water heater, it is more likely to get hit by galvanic corrosion, which can occur when two metals come into contact. These two metals are mainly the steel that makes up the heating element of the heater and the copper that sheathes it. When these two metals get wet, electrolysis and corrosion occurs, and the heating element will eventually fail to work. Installing galvanized unions that feature plastic nipples on the tank’s top is the best way to prevent this type of corrosion.
Check the vent pipes
One of the more dangerous problems corrosion can cause is when they actually hit the vent pipes that vent combustible gas from the water heater in your home and divert it outside. Unfortunately, this is one problem that you will definitely need a professional to fix, although you can check the pipes first for any signs of corrosion, such as a rusted hole in the pipe. Once you find any holes, waste no time in calling a plumbing professional because this hole can cause problems bigger than just your water heater failing completely. A hole in your vent pipe is a major safety threat, as gas can escape from your water heater system into your home.
Check the combustion chamber for damage
If you have a gas water heater, you should know that its combustion chambers are prone to rust and corrosion, especially when they go unchecked for a long time. So check the combustion chamber for damage from time to time. Take the water heater manual, follow its instructions and check the combustion chamber for any damage using a flashlight. If there is rust or corrosion in the combustion chamber, call a service professional immediately.
These corrosion problems with water heaters can be easily handled with the help of plumbing professionals, of which Beez Neez Plumbing has an entire team of. Call them now, and have them solve your water heater corrosion issues straight away.