One of the most important aspects of your annual home maintenance is checking the pressure relief value on your hot water heater. In fact, it’s so important that our team at James A. Wheat & Sons includes it during any water heater service and during Eagle Club Efficiency Inspections.
Why is this so vital, you might be asking yourself? On a fully-functional hot water heater, the pressure relief valve is a safety device designed to prevent a dangerous buildup of hot water in your tank. When the pressure increases significantly, it should let the excess water escape safely. Unfortunately, if your pressure relief valve isn’t working properly, the pressure in your water heater can reach an extreme level, and your water heater can actually explode and cause significant damage to your home—and possibly your family.
In fact, the Mythbusters from Discovery Channel performed an experiment to measure the damage a hot water heater with a broken relief valve could do to a two-story home. Watch the video below to see for yourself.
If your pressure relief valve leaks or is unable to reseal properly, water will continue to leak from the relief valve outlet. The continued release of water is a direct result of a failed relief valve, and it absolutely needs to be replaced. Any time there are signs that the pressure relief valve is malfunctioning on your hot water heater, it’s incredibly important to have it tested by a trained plumbing professional, like the ones at James A. Wheat & Sons.
Keep your Gaithersburg area home safe by scheduling your hot water heater pressure relief valve testing today! Contact James A. Wheat & Sons to set up an appointment for all your plumbing and HVAC maintenance needs!