Protect Your Home From Your Water Heater

Did you know that your water heater is one of the most common causes of flood damage to your home?

What if your water heater burst? Is there anything you could do to prevent this from happening?  The most common practice to prevent this catastrophe from occurring is to place your gas water heater, propane water heater or electric water heater in a water heater pan or water heater drip pan with a drain line piped to the outside, away from your home’s interior and precious belongings.  However, a water heater drain pipe is not always a possibility, depending on where the preexisting water heater is located in the house. If you hot water heater is installed in an inaccessible area or if your hot water heater installation didn’t allow for proper drainage this may not be an option. Further, a water heater pan with a drain does not guarantee you are protected from the damages of a leaking water heater.

A water heater auto shut-off valve offers a solution (or hot water heater shut off valve). Water heater shut off valves offer an affordable and smart way to protect your home from the potential of water damage. Water heater shut-off valves vary in function and price but all are designed to protect your house from flooding from a sudden burst of water from your water heater.

Basically the water heater valve ties into the cold water supply line to the water heater, with a sensor located in the water heater pan.  When the sensor detects water, it automatically shuts the cold water supply off to your water heater.

There are some options to consider when choosing a water heater auto shut-off valve.  Weather you have a gas water heater or electric water heater,  some of the options offer an audible alarm to alert you of a leak.  Some valves not only turn off your water to the water heater but also turn off the power source (i.e. gas or electricity) for gas water heaters or electric water heaters.  Some valves only offer a one-time use—but that one time could save your home! Other water heater shut off valves can be used multiple times.

Some of the most common brands of water heater auto shut-off valves are Wags, Flood Stop, Leak Guardian, and Flood Safe.

Wags: www.taco-hvac.com

Flood Stop: http://www.getfloodstop.com

Leak Guardian: http://www.smarthome.com

Flood safe: www.watts.com/floodsafe

Prices can vary greatly on the brand and function but installing these products can qualify you for an insurance break which most probably means the shut off valve pays for itself in insurance discounts.

Water heater shut off valves can be easily installed on an existing water heater or on a new installation and offer you peace of mind when you are going with the tank variety of gas or electric water heaters.  Give Duncan Plumbing Solutions call weather you need a plumber in Midlothian, Ennis, Waxahachie, Red Oak or any of surrounding Dallas or Ellis County. We will help you determine which water heater shut off valve is right for you!

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