You’ve heard before that you should have a licensed plumber handle and maintain your water heater, but do you know why?
Water Heaters Are Connected to Gas or Electricity
- Gas Water Heater:
- A gas water heater can potentially develop a gas leak and the small ignition flame can ignite the gas, causing a catastrophic explosion.
- If not properly vented, the result can be carbon monoxide poisoning. Carbon monoxide is a colorless, odorless gas that can make you suddenly ill or even quickly cause death.
- Earthquake straps are a necessity, especially here in San Diego. If your gas water heater isn’t strapped in and it falls over, you will have an active gas line.
- Electric Water Heater:
- The electrical heating elements are immersed in water and these elements can deteriorate with age and short out electrically to the water heater’s metal casing. When this happens, it’s possible to receive a severe and perhaps fatal shock when touching the hot water heater’s housing or connecting pipes.
- Everyone knows that water and electricity don’t mix!
Why Permits Are Required
A permit is actually an application for an inspection that allows a plumbing inspector to look at the installation to make sure it was installed properly. If not properly installed, the dangers can include: scalding, legionella bacteria growth, fuel gas leaks, ignition sources, fires, explosions, water leak damage/mold, structural stability and carbon monoxide asphyxiation. If someone other than a licensed plumber installs a water heater, there is the chance of making a mistake that can result in a dangerous or hazardous condition.
Learn More and Contact Us
If you suspect a problem with your water heater, how it was installed, or just need a peace-of-mind maintenance check, don’t hesitate to schedule an appointment with us here at 1-800-anytyme. We would love to help you out! Contact us via our contact form or call (760) 477-0072 to speak with a member of our team today!