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How to Set Up Your Water Heater to Prevent Wood Floor Damage

wood floor Do you have beautiful wood floors in your home, but are afraid of the potential water damage that can be brought on by your water heater? The great thing is there things you can to limit the possibility of your water heater damaging your wooden floors. Let’s talk a look at the list.

Location Is Everything

The easiest way to prevent water heater damage to your wooden floors, is to have installed in your basement. If you don’t have a basement, install into or next to¬† a tiled room. The further you can keep your water heater away from your wooden floors the better, so plan accordingly.

Water Heater Set Up

If you can’t place your water heater in your basement and the only place in your home for it is in a room with wooden flooring, then consider a more involved set up for it, like this:

  • Place it above the floor on a base.
  • The base should hold excess water
  • The base should have an excellent seal.
  • The base should have pipes to funnel the water outside.

In essence, your water needs a strong base the keeps your water above your flooring and has proper water storage and draining capabilities. This will go a long way from preventing serious water damage to your floor.

Water Heater Maintenance

Water heaters usually don’t burst out of nowhere, unless they are defective. If you do regular maintenance on it, you can prevent a serious flooding issue. water heater repairOne way to do that is to drain and flush it out until the water is clear at least once a year. If you aren’t ready to do this, have a plumber do it for you. Remember, if you think water heater maintenance is expensive, just think how much it will cost to replace your wood floors. At the current rate $10 per square foot, that could end up being a loft of money. Even if it’s just a 100 square foot room that needs to be replaced, that’s still $1000 for the new floor and that doesn’t include labor if you’re having a professional do the work for you.

Replace When Necessary

Your water heater isn’t going to last forever. In fact, most models need to be replaced every 16 years. If you push, then you’re asking for water damage to your beautiful wooden floors. Have a plumber come to your house and inspect it. They’ll be able to estimate the age of your water heater.