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How to Prevent Major Property Damage From Attic Water Heaters

In Texas homes, it’s common to find water heaters in the attic. Just because it’s common doesn’t mean it’s a good idea, though. Water heaters that are installed in attics or elsewhere upstairs increase the risk of leaks and water damage. 

Since most Texas homes lack a proper basement, it is standard practice to install water heaters in the attic – somewhere where it’s out of sight. That might seem like a great idea at first, but remember that water heaters have a 100% failure rate. Sooner or later, they will break down and you’ll probably be faced with a colossal leak. 

The Austin plumbers at Radiant Plumbing want to make sure everyone knows how to protect themselves when — not if — an attic unit fails.

Small leaks can add up to big $$$

Don’t be fooled into thinking that a small hole can’t possibly cause that much damage. Pinhole leaks may be small in size, but they usually go undetected for long periods of time. A leak that sprung months ago has been causing water damage and structural damage under your nose this whole time. Before you know it, your floors, walls, insulation, and drywall have all been ruined -not to mention furniture and other personal items. This all leads to a potentially lengthy, costly and inconvenient cleanup process. 

While the rise of tankless water heaters and public awareness of the drawbacks are reversing the trend of attic water heaters, it will take decades for construction to catch up. Meanwhile, most people in Austin still have a big, heavy container full of water in their attics that could spring a leak at any moment.

Moreover, moisture from an attic water heater can contribute to mold growth. Water heater maintenance and repairs are also more difficult and more expensive when the appliance is installed in the attic.

Reduce the risk

If you don’t want to foot the bill for expensive water heater breakdowns, and all the ensuing consequences, try these tips to reduce the risk of damages: 

  • Don’t skip regular maintenance: An annual tune-up for your water heater is like your yearly physical at the doctor. Between services, do your own check-up by monitoring for unusual noises or external moisture. 
  • Relocate that water heater: This isn’t an easy or inexpensive feat, but moving your storage tank water heater to a lower part of the house, such as the basement, can eliminate the dangers that a damaged water heater poses to your home currently.  
  • Invest in a tankless water heater installation for your Austin home: Not only are these some of the most efficient models on the market (think never running out of water heater again), but they can also be installed outside and significantly reduce the risk of water damages. 

The Radiant Plumbing service team is always ready to check out your situation and help you find a safer solution for your hot water needs. Call us at (512) 263-9988 or contact Radiant Plumbing online to schedule an appointment.

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