Water heater installation can be tricky, which is why Barry Jolly is here to explain what homeowners need to look for to keep their family safe. Jolly is a graduate of Northern Kentucky University, and the owner of Jolly Plumbing, which serves clients throughout the Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky areas for 31 years.
Aside from poor performance and high energy costs, many potential dangers can result from improper water heater installation. That's why choosing the right plumbing contractors can make all the difference.
It is important that water heaters are installed by a professional, and that they are installed correctly. If you have an improperly installed water heater sitting in your home, you have to be concerned about the exhaust feature. If a gas water heater is vented improperly, it can cause serious carbon monoxide problems, which could result in serious consequences, or even death. That’s why making sure that the water heater has proper ventilation is first on our list of things to check out.
The Pressure Relief Valve
If the pressure relief valve is not installed properly, the tank can actually explode. You will face a dangerous situation, which can also cause death. So when we go in to look at a hot water heater, the pressure relief valve is another important thing we are looking for.
The Maximum Water Temperature
Too high water temperature will cause scalds. If the water lines are not installed properly, and the water heater is not set at the correct temperature, it could result in extremely hot water, scalding any adult or child. Parents especially want to be sure that this is not a problem in their home as a way to protect their children.
A Required Inspection
In any new installation of a water heater, people have to go through a required inspection and permitting process. So if you are having a new hot water heater installed these days, you will have an inspection by a state plumbing inspector, which will ensure that the heater has been installed properly. However, if you recently purchased a house, you have no idea whether the water heater was properly installed or inspected during its installation. Here, I recommend calling your plumber or contractor to your new house and check it out for you.
A Preferred Customer Plan
Our company offers whole house plumbing inspections, so checking out how a homeowner’s water heater set up is part of our services. We also have what is a called a Preferred Customer Plan, which gives our customers the option of paying $199 for a lifetime plan that includes a free annual plumbing inspections of their home’s entire system. It also includes a 10% discount on all the labor charges for any problems that come up. These plans are definitely a good idea that a lot of our local folks around here enjoy and appreciate.
If your water heater is broken or in need of maintenance, our licensed expert technicians can often schedule an appointment and have the problem fixed the same day. Our plumbers know all about conventional gas and electric water heaters, as well as newer tankless ones. You may purchase a water heater through us or pick up one from the supplier of your choice, and hire us to install it.