Water Heater Safety

  • If steam or boiling water ever comes out of the valve or the hot water faucets, shut the heater off at once and call Plumbing 911.
  • If you ever hear a rumbling sound, assume the heater is overheating, turn it off and call Plumbing 911.
  • Keep the water temperature between 120° to 130°. Check it with a thermometer held under the tap. Higher temperatures speed corrosion.
  • If you sense a gas leak, turn the gas shut off valve to close and contact your gas utility company or Plumbing 911 for further investigation.

These tips are provided as a service from Plumbing 911. The information is intended to simplify jobs around the house. Tools, products, materials, techniques, building codes and local regulations change; therefore, Plumbing 911 assumes no liability for omissions, errors or the outcome of any project. The reader must always exercise reasonable caution, follow current codes and regulations that may apply, and is urged to consult with a licensed Plumbing 911 if in doubt of any procedures.