How to keep your geyser in top condition and prevent accidents

How to keep your geyser in top condition and prevent accidents
One of the worst, most costly household disasters are geyser bursts. Water damage, the danger of flooding and the threat of coming into contact with boiling water, are all additional consequences of a burst geyser. By maintaining your geyser and keeping it in good condition, you can minimise the chances of having to deal with the aftermath of it bursting. Here are some top prevention tips:

Keep the temperature of your geyser at 60 Degrees Celsius. This allows access to water that is hot enough for washing, showering or bathing but limits the chance of your geyser bursting by preventing it from heating to unnecessarily hot temperatures. In addition to this, manually controlling your geyser’s temperature will save money on electricity. 

Ensure that your geyser has an adequate drip tray that drains away any leakages coming from your geyser. This prevents leakage damage to carpets, wood or furniture underneath your geyser. 

Insulate your geyser by wrapping it with a geyser blanket. The function of a geyser blanket is to limit heat-loss from the water, which makes the geyser more efficient and saves money on electricity for heating. 

Make sure you replace the anode rod of your geyser regularly to prevent rust from degrading and weakening your geyser. Anode rods are usually constructed from a metal like aluminium or magnesium and are fitted inside of the geyser to attract the corrosive minerals of the geyser water and prevent rust from occurring to the actual geyser container. As anode rods become rusty because they attract rust away from the geyser itself, they need to be replaced or they will lose their efficiency and leave the geyser vulnerable to rust and more likely to burst.

In the event that your geyser bursts, take these precautions immediately to minimise the damage. Switch off the geyser switch on the main electrical board of your house, open the hot taps in your house to relieve the pressure of your geyser and switch off your home's water mains.