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Do’s and Don’ts for Placing Items Near a Water Heater

Your water heater is one of the most important pieces of equipment that you have in your home. When it is not working correctly, you cannot enjoy a hot shower or heat your home. By not keeping it well maintained and taking certain precautions, it can pose a safety risk to your home and family. At Hutchinson Plumbing Heating Cooling Energy Services, we offer expert heater advice and heater service in South Jersey and its surrounding areas making sure you stay warm and safe all winter long.

The problem is, many who live in smaller homes, apartments, or condos may find that they lack the extra storage space they so desperately need. Therefore, utility closets that may house your water heater could become a viable solution for storing excess items that simply do not have a home elsewhere. Depending on what you are storing near or around the water heater, this can potentially be a cause for concern as well as a safety risk to you, your home, and others.

Do … Clear the area around your water heater. Since water heaters run on electricity or fuel such as oil, propane, or gas, it is important to ensure that your water heater has adequate space for proper ventilation.

Do … Keep it clean and safe. If the space that holds your water heater doubles as a storage or laundry room, make sure you keep it organized and clean.

Do … Install shelving and hooks to keep things such as laundry detergents and other household items away from the water heater.

Don’t … Store combustible materials within 18 inches of your water heater. Flammable items placed closer than that could potentially catch fire.

Don’t … Store items that are prone to moisture damage such as books, papers, or magazines near the water heater.

Don’t … Place any items that may block or obstruct your view of the water heater. If any view is hidden, you may not notice your water heater is leaking until it’s too late.

As a rule of thumb, always remember to keep space around your water heater and store any items a reasonable distance away from the unit so that you there is no potential for a fire or safety hazard.

If you need more information on water heater safety and ways to prevent possible fire hazards, contact Hutchinson, your neighborhood heating company serving Camden County and the rest of South Jersey.