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Heard about the MythBusters water heater video? Yes, it is true – the show MythBusters did prove that a water heater can and will explode – launching itself like a rocket straight through the roof of a house. And yes, this could happen in your business or commercial residential setting.

The cause of steam and pressure build up inside a water heater unit is usually caused by a faulty T&P (temperature and pressure) valve. If the valve is blocked, plugged or otherwise damaged it simply cannot release adequate pressure and the unit becomes pressurized – potentially resulting in an explosion. A simple and easy way to check your T&P valve is with the “lift test” – simply lift the lever and water should come out easily onto the floor. If you have reason to suspect that your T&P valve is not functioning properly, please call a trained water heater technician today. Do not leave this to any maintenance person or plumber – be sure they know what they are doing when it comes to water heater technology!

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Hot Water, Water Heater Damage, Water Heater Safety, Water Heaters

Your Water Heater Can EXPLODE! Mythbusters, Revisited

Mythbusters confirmed it. Everything you need to know about exploding water heaters!

Hot water is as simple as turning on a faucet—it’s a basic part of living as a human being in the developed world. It hasn’t always been that easy though. Before the modern standard of water heating units in every building and home, hot water was considered a luxury; it was not a necessity, nor a standard. Happily for us modern folk, hot water is readily available and no longer a luxury.

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