An often unthought-of scenario is a water heater bursting. Out of nowhere, the ceiling can cave in with water rushing everywhere. Unfortunately, this kind of event occurring is a lot more common than one would think, as a water heater bursting or leaking is one of the top reasons for residential water damage. Trying to repair the damage done by the water heater, as well as replacing the whole thing, it could cost up to thousands of dollars.
Not only is the cost of a water heater expensive, but you will also have to fund the cost of fixing all the damage the flood has done. Furniture and flooring may have to be replaced, and water damage restoration will need to be performed to ensure that no water is left behind. To avoid the headache of a water heater flood, there are simple maintenance tasks that can be done.
Every year, the tank of the water heater needs to be both drained and flushed. Sediment from the water settles and builds up at the bottom of the tank, creating a layer that insulates the liquid from the heater. This forces the water heater to run longer and hotter, which deteriorates the tank over time.
This task will likely only need to be performed once a year, but make frequent check-ins to see if it needs to be done sooner. A sign that the sediment has built up is the sounds it makes, such as popping or kn