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How to prevent a burst geyser to flood your budget

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How to prevent a burst geyser to flood your budget 

As South Africans try to stay warm this winter, insurance companies are bracing themselves for a flood of geyser-related claims.

Investing in a geyser blanket will reduce heat loss. The temperature of the water inside the tank will be more consistent, which might also lower your electricity bill slightly.

At a time when you most want to be warm and dry, your geyser is more susceptible than usual to bursting.

The colder surrounding temperatures put the geyser under more pressure as it expands and contracts to keep your water hot.

Every year, during the winter season, Budget sees a noticeable spike in geyser-related claims.

And, true to Murphy’s Law, it will burst at 3am on a Monday, when you’re least prepared to deal with the mess and hassle.

Take the following steps to prevent, or mitigate, the damage of a burst geyser by doing the following three things:

 

  1. Invest in a geyser blanket to reduce heat loss. The temperature of the water inside the tank will be more consistent, which might also lower your electricity bill slightly.
  2. Install a drip tray under your geyser that will carry away most of the water if your geyser does burst.
  3. Get your geyser serviced every three years by a qualified plumber. The service should include:
  • Inspecting all of the geyser’s parts.
  • Checking the tank and valves for leaks.
  • Removing scale build-up from the tank and element.
  • Inspecting the thermostat.
  • Ensuring that the thermostat is set at the right temperature. The ideal setting is 50° to 55° in summer, and 60° to 65° in winter.  

Should the worst happen and your geyser does burst, Janse van Rensburg says you should do the following immediately:

  • Switch off the geyser electrical isolator switch on the main distribution board.
  • Turn off the water at the main meter box. 
  • Phone a plumber, or your insurance company’s emergency home assist line.

However, Janse van Rensburg says it’s not just those who own their homes who should check their cover, renters should also be prepared.

Although geyser cover will cover the repairs or replacement of the geyser, if your property is damaged by the water, you would need to personally ensure that your things are covered by a home contents policy, as this responsibility is usually excluded from most lease agreements.

Source: P24

Author: M. Janse van Rensburg

Submitted 29 Jul 15 / Views 3041

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