Your Water Heater: Placement Matters

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During your new water heater installation, pay attention to where the water heater is placed. May homeowners tend to have an "out of sight, out of mind" mentality when it comes to their water heater until something goes wrong. There are several areas in a home that this important appliance can be placed, and just exactly where it's located can play a big role on the impact to your home if it fails or leaks.

The Attic

While it may seem counter-intuitive to place a water heater in the attic, many homes keep them stored there. Houses that are built on a slab with no extra storage or basement area and attached homes like townhouses both tend to have the water heater located in the attic. It's definitely nice to have your water heater out of your way but if it leaks or breaks, the damage can be catastrophic if not caught in time. As water leaves the heater, it can leak through the attic floor and into the ceiling of the rooms below, causing serious damage to your home. Unfortunately, people who live in small spaces may have no other choice than to store it here, so it's important to check it regularly for potential signs of leakage.

The Basement

Most homes with a basement will use this area to store the water heater. In a basement, the water heater should be placed on a platform to keep it off of the ground. This platform will help protect your basement and foundation in the event that the water heater leaks. It is also a requirement in order to be up to code since a water heater placed directly on the ground could cause a fire if it explodes and comes in contact with combustible materials in your basement like gasoline or paint. If the water heater is gas-heated, there must be adequate ventilation in your basement to provide good air flow.

A Garage Or Shed

Many homeowners prefer to keep their water heater in an outside structure like a shed or garage. If the water heater leaks, there will be minimal damage to the interior of the home. The downside to placing it here is that the path of water has a longer distance to travel to your bathroom and kitchen. This means it can take longer for your water supply to heat up and could cause you to waste a large quantity of water. Just like in the basement, all water heaters in your garage or shed should be placed on a platform and have good ventilation if they're gas powered. Think about the different places in your home where a water heater can be placed so you can decide on the best location for your needs.

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