Water Heater Warning

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Home Inspector with Habitation Investigation LLC

Check your water temp.  While driving back from a family trip to Florida, I heard on the radion of a child burned in the bathtub.  It motivated me to create this message.

A one-second exposure to 160° F water will result in third degree burns.

When the water is 130° F, an approximate half-minute exposure will result in third degree burns.

The CPSC suggests that water heaters be set to a maximum temperature of 120° F

However, an approximate ten minute exposure to this temperature can result in third degree burns so even go a little lower on the temp.

So check your water temp and adjust as needed. Also lowering the temp will also save you a little money in your bills.

 

 

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Al Wright
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A lot of people have the misconception that the water needs to be higher than 120F (49C) for their dishwasher to clean the dishes properly. Most soap and detergents are meant to work at between 120F - 125F 

Jan 07, 2010 11:57 PM #1
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Frank Rubi
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Jim you bring up a good point especially with the weather as cold as it is.

Jan 08, 2010 12:09 AM #2
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Jim Troth
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Frank thanks for mentioning cold weather. Regarding the weather, when little and coming in from playing in the snow with numb hands, my dad always reminded us if we used water to warm our hands to use only warm water.  If numb we may not realize that we are burning our hands till too late.

Jan 08, 2010 12:14 AM #3
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Jim Mushinsky
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Good advice.   Don't test the water temp. with your finger.

Here is a photo from an inspection this weekend.

Hot Water

Jan 10, 2010 03:25 PM #4
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Jim Troth
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Definitly too hot.  Some people want the water temp high, but they should still keep in mind that children may come over and not expect the temps to be that high.

Jan 24, 2010 11:01 AM #5
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