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Flooding Summer Rains and extra showers may cause hot water heaters to fail & flood basements from Eastchester to Bronxville, NY 10708


It must be all of the showers we're seeing this summer, with a total of 4" above normal as of August.  Even with this lovely cool down in southern Westchester County, NY, the water table levels are still up.  So in some flood prone areas the lower Hud, in parts of Bronxville 10708, we're seeing flooded basements.


Most are due to appliance malfunctions or power issues, so that the home or business owner's sump pump is not working, or their hot water heater just gives up.  Add in a hard rain from our summer thunderstorms and it can be a recipe for basement disaster.  For homes that are on the market, be sure to check those lower levels, before taking your clients / buyers on their final walk-through.  Cancel the date/reschedule, call restoration pros like  us, we'll dry it out quickly and get the space ready for sale, before your closing!


During our recent heat wave from hell, all I could think about was finding a lake to jump in, or getting home to a luke warm rinse in a shower before bedtime.  Either way, your hot water heater may be getting the same workout as ours near Bronxville, NY 10708.  In fact, many conventional hot water heaters fail after 10 years for gas models or about 14 years for the electric heater models.


hot water heater leak flood basement break bronxville ny 10708Be sure to keep a record of your appliances and their age.  With our digital and phone calendars now, it may be worth noting a check date.  Also, If your gas hot water heater needs to have maintenance once a year, or more often, be sure to get your plumber in.  A maintenance visit is a lot less expensive than cleaning up water and replacing your heater before it's time.


Maintaining your water heater's efficiency and lifespan can be easy and inexpensive if you, or your spouse are handy.  These include setting a uniform temperature on the appliance, insulating it well for Winter use aswell as flushing the tank and checking it's "Anode Rod" each year.


The insulation alone reduces heat loss by about 45% and will cut your oil use on that boiler, plus nearly 10% of your property's hot water costs.  Flushing the tank annually gets rid of sediment and improves operation and probably prolongs it's life in your home.  Ask you plumber or resident handy man/woman about the anode rod -- that should be hanging on the tank and will prevent rust build up over time.  Replacing these rods is cheaper than replacing a new heater, or cleaning up the water when your heater fails.  


Summer Rains and heat wave showers can cause hot water heaters to fail & flood basements in Bronxville, NY 10708



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Vice President / Co-Owner, 

Servpro of Scarsdale /Mount Vernon

Mount Vernon, NY  10550


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Comments (3)

Kevin J. May
Florida Supreme Realty - Hobe Sound, FL
Serving the Treasure & Paradise Coasts of Florida

Hillary, I know this all too well.  It's happened twice, once on a New Years Day and then on a Memorial Day.  Holiday fun for sure!  

Aug 14, 2013 03:54 PM
Joanna Cohlan
Fresh Eyes For Your Home - Chappaqua, NY
Designing, Decorating & Staging Westchester Homes

Hi Hillary, perfect post for this summer - between the rain and the heat, there is lots of opportunity for water heater failure!!

Aug 15, 2013 05:19 AM
Hillary Sheperd
Servpro of Scarsdale / Mount Vernon - Scarsdale, NY
Co-Owner ~ Servpro of Scarsdale / Mount Vernon, NY

Kevin ~ so sorry to hear that you've been a hot water heater failure victim and TWICE.  We had a flood on Christmas day, but New Year's is worse, with the champagne hangover.  Also, nothin' worse than spending Memorial day, sopping up water in a basement...poor guy...call your ins. broker and then a restoration pro like us next time and it should be covered...mechanical failure, but depends on your coverage...best of luck!


Joanna my sweet.  Thanks for reading my fun post about some bummer effects after our needed rain, but annoying heat wave.  My next house will just have the hot water regulator (No tank!) that heats the water straight off the main and needs no maintenance, plumber or replacement.  Maybe I'll post about it...but, we don't install them...our plumber friends do that.  THANKS

Aug 15, 2013 08:50 AM