Avoid a burst geyser

By admin
04 June 2013

The cold weather may not be your only problem this winter. With the plummeting temperatures your geyser is more likely to burst.

When the idea is to keep warm and snug this winter having water gushing from a burst geyser is an unwelcome thought.

And it’s more likely to happen if the valves or the thermostat on your geyser are faulty. That’s because there’s an increased rate of expansion and contraction of the tank due to the colder temperatures.

Damage caused by a burst geyser can result in costs that run into hundreds of thousands of rands, depending on the damage. So it’s best to be prepared to limit or eliminate the costs you might have to incur.

Tips to avoid the cost involved in a burst geyser:

  1. Have your geyser assessed by a qualified plumber before the winter period rolls in.
  2. Get homeowners’ insurance to cover structural damage to your home caused by a burst geyser (damaged flooring or ceilings).
  3. Get home contents insurance to cover damage to property (furniture, appliances and clothing).
  4. Check your insurance policies to make sure you’re not underinsured.
  5. Install a geyser blanket to reduce heat losses. The temperature of the water inside the tank will also be more consistent. And it offers yet another cost saving ? your electricity bill will be lower ? because your geyser won’t be working quite as hard and using as much energy to keep the temperature of the water constant.
  6. Install a drip tray under the geyser ? the outlet pipe on a drip tray will carry away most of the water should your geyser burst. This helps to limit water damage to carpets, walls and other home contents.
  7. As a precaution it’s advised you service your geyser every three years by a qualified plumber. This entails:

  • A thorough check of the geyser’s components.
  • Checking the tank and valves for leaks.
  • Removing lime scale and sludge from the tank and element.
  • Checking the thermostat is functioning correctly.
  • Making sure the thermostat isn’t set too high ? 60 0C is the recommended temperature.

-Faiza Mallick

Source: Virseker insurance

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