The last thing you need in the middle of winter is for your geyser to burst.
Why your geyser could burst during winter
Expansion and contraction of the geyser tank and its components occur during normal usage as hot water leaves the geyser and is replaced with cold water. However, in winter, cold-water temperatures drop considerably. As a result, the temperature difference between the cold water entering the geyser and the hot water leaving the geyser is much more significant than in summer. This increases the rate of expansion and contraction, leading to metal fatigue that ultimately causes a geyser to burst
How to minimise the chances of your geyser bursting
Typically, geysers have a lifespan of five years and over this time they corrode. You can lengthen the lifespan of your geysers by maintaining it properly.
Experts recommend that geysers are serviced by a qualified plumber every three years.
You can ease the burden on your geyser by turning the thermostat down to 600C and fit a geyser blanket to help reduce heat loss. This will help reduce your geyser’s power consumption and ultimately, your electricity bill.
It is wise to switch off your geyser from time to time, especially during peak electricity demand periods, but it’s best to not let it get cold, as this additional contraction-expansion cycle could decrease the life span of your geyser, whilst also consuming more electricity to rewarm the water.
Three signs to look out for that tells you your geyser is about to burst:
1. Hard Dripping Water Outside the Home
Don’t confuse hard dripping water with the normal dripping from the geyser overflow pipe. The dripping to look out for will come from the thicker white 50mm PVC pipe.
2. Water Marks Showing on The Ceiling
There should be no water contact with your ceiling boards, so the sudden appearance of new spots or patches is a sign of trouble.
3. Dirty Water Flowing Out of The Hot Water Tap
Brown or rusty water suddenly coming through your hot taps is another warning sign that you should not ignore.
If you observe any of these early warning signs, contact your plumber immediately. Do not delay or postpone this as it is an indication that the geyser could burst at any time. Besides destroying fixtures and fittings in the property, a geyser that burst can also cause serious injury or even death, so it’s worthwhile getting your geyser checked.
What To Do in The Event of a Burst Geyser
- Shut off the water at the mains.
- Turn off the power to the geyser.
- Open the hot water taps to relieve the pressure of the geyser.
- Limit the damage as much as possible using buckets and cloths.
- Call your plumber.
- Iemas Insurance Brokers policyholders with insurance assistance home assist can use the free plumber call-out service, which includes one-hour free labour when a geyser burst. This service is also available outside of working hours.
- Remember to ask your plumber to send a quote or invoice to your insurance company immediately.
Iemas Insurance Brokers offer cover for your geyser. Contact us today to enquire about GeyserSure cover:
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Article content derived from the following resources:
–home-dzine.co.za with information from Marc McRae from plumbing4U.co.za.
–news24.com/drum geyser article published 23 May 2016 with information from Budget-Insurance, Graham Craggs.
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