Learn More About Water Heater Pans

Have you been told you need a water heater pan? Many people don’t have a clue what a water heater pan is or where to buy one. Luckily, we have these answers and more!

Here, at Gilbert Premier Plumbing & Drain, we know all about water heaters and what you need to do to keep your home protected from accidental leakage. In this post, we answer the most common questions about water heater pans.

What Is the Purpose of a Water Heater Pan?

The sole purpose of a water heater pan is to protect your home from water damage should the water heater leak or a pipe overflows. These pans are inexpensive and installed underneath the water heater. It’s a good investment to make to keep moisture problems from damaging your flooring.

Can I Install a Drain Pan Myself?

Installing a drain pan can get tricky. We don’t recommend DIY drain pan installation. The #1 reason we dissuade people from taking on this task is that the water heater has to be drained and set aside during the installation.

Water heaters are heavy. You don’t want to injure yourself or damage the heater during the process. It’s much better to purchase the drain pan and let a licensed plumber in Gilbert install it for you.

Is a Drip Pan Required?

It depends on city code. Some cities require residential properties to have a drip pan installed; whereas, it’s a choice in other municipalities. However, we also think it’s a good idea to install a drain pan to give you extra protection against water damage.

Should I Check on the Water Heater Often?

Although drain pans offer protection against water damage, they don’t replace regular inspections. You want to make sure you check on your water heater often to spot signs of moisture or other leakage. If a water heater is leaking, this is a plumbing problem that needs addressing right away. There could be a serious problem that requires plumbing repairs.

Schedule an Annual Water Heater Inspection

Whether you decide to install a drain pan or not, don’t forget to schedule your annual water heater inspection. Call us to schedule this service and let one of our plumbers in Gilbert come out to your home to give your water heater a thorough inspection. Stay ahead of problems and learn more about the condition of your water heater.

Call Gilbert Premier Plumbing & Drain to make that appointment today!

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