Plumbers servicing the NorthPort Community are constantly installing water heaters. Here at JC Little Plumbing of North Port, we have installed uncounted water heaters, both gas and electric, both tank type and tankless. Here are a few tips that we have put together that you should keep an eye out for during the water heater installation.
- Don’t accept a water heater that he been laid on its side in the truck. Most manufacturers say this on the box, but by the time it gets to your home, it’s likely to arrive unboxed. One good bump while the water heater is on its side will ruin it. It’s not designed to be sturdy on its side.
- If plastic piping is used for the water leads, make sure it’s rated for hot water. Polyethylene (PE), acrylonitrile-butadiene-styrene (ABS), and polyvinyl chloride (PVC) piping are not rated for hot water. Chlorinated PVC (CPVC) is.
- Get an aluminum pan 2-3″ wider than the base of the water heater and install the water heater in the pan. Install the drain pipe so that it goes from the pan right to the drain. Years from now if the water heater starts to go again, a gradual leak won’t flood your house. It will just fill up the pan and go down the drain.
- If a new water inlet (outlet) leads is required, make sure that the water is always flowing down (up). In other words, make sure the lead length isn’t so long that you have to run the inlet pipe back up before you attach it to the water heater. If it’s too long, there is a reverse trapping effect.
- Use Teflon® paste. Don’t settle for Teflon tape, which will probably seal the threads on the inlet and outlet, but Teflon paste will work better.
Here at JC Little Plumbing, we always follow accepted plumbing guidelines and practices at all times. You can count on the fact that no corners are cut when you select JC Little Plumbing as your North port plumber.