There may be instances when Potomac house owners will need to turn off their hot water heater speedily, and it is necessary that ones understands the correct methods in doing so. Haynes Plumbing is here to be your 24 hr Plumbing Potomac company to go to when needed.

24 Hour Plumber Potomac – Emergency Water Heater Shut Off

1. First turn off the Electricity or Gas

Gas – The thermostat dial is required to be turned from the “on” to the “off” position. This will switch off the gas at the water heater. If the aroma of gas is ever discovered, leave the house and contact the local gas company instantly.

Electric – Discover where the breaker box location and shut off the breaker for the water heater. One may have a detach switch near to the water heater. Make use of this to shut off the switch to switch off power to the water heater.

2. Switch Off the Water Supply24 hr Plumbing Potomac

Discover the cold water pipe hooked up to the water heater and follow it back to the source or the wall. If it is an old style turn faucet handle, twist the handle clockwise till it stops. This should shut off the water.
If you have a newer lever design ball valve pull or press the handle a quarter turn. This ought to switch off the water.

3. Open the Pressure Relief Valve

This is also sometimes called the T&P valve. Opening this will relieve the pressure in the water storage tank. A little water will come out of this whenever it is opened up which is often hot so be careful! Lift the lever so it is sticking straight out or up.

4. Drain the Water Heater

It may be needed for the water heater to be drained of its water (this is optional). First, a yard hose is required to be connected to the drain valve found towards the bottom of the water heater. Extend the hose outside. Take into account that the water coming out of the hot water heater might have rust in it that can produce damage to grass and plants, and will be hot. Within the house, run the hot side faucet in the sink nearest to the water heater. It will discharge the vacuum seal and let the water drain from the water heater much easier. It should take anywhere from 10-30 minutes for the water heater to empty.

These are crucial plumbing emergency measures that hopefully you will remember when having to deal with a Potomac water heater emergency repair.

Check out our information on water heater troubleshooting and general emergency plumber services.