Having A New Water Heater Installed? Here What You Need To Do To Get Ready

Posted on: 9 July 2017

Replacing your home's hot water heater is a fairly straightforward process, but is one that you really should hire a professional plumber to do. Even though this task should be a quick one, it is best to get ready in advance so you know what to expect and see the process go as smoothly as possible. Once you have made the call to the plumbing service to schedule an appointment, mark the date on your calendar so you know how long you got to get ready. Check out these simple things to do before that date to be prepared:

Clear the path to and around the old water heater. 

If your hot water heater is in the similar situation as most homes, it is tucked in a small space either in a closet, in your laundry room, or maybe even the basement. If so, it is a good idea to clear the area around the water heater and make sure the plumber will have an easy path to get to it. Not only will they need room to remove the old unit, they will need space to get the new one in, so having a bunch of clutter in the way will just slow them down. 

Go ahead and drain the old unit before the plumber arrives. 

If you have a water hose that is long enough, it is fairly easy to drain the old hot water heater. While the plumber can and will take care of this for you, this is the part of the process that takes the longest, so doing it in advance will save them a lot of time and save you from having to wait too long for hot water. Simply hook the hose to the main drainage outlet and run it to another drain in the house and turn on the tap. 

Make sure you have extra water supplies on hand. 

Not always, but in some cases, the plumber will have to cut off the main water line temporarily while they hook up your new water heater unit. Therefore, it can be a good idea to fill a few gallon jugs with water to have on hand while you wait. The process really shouldn't take that long, so you should not have to worry about having a lot of water on hand, but a little will definitely help you out so you can wash your hands, cook, and so on while the work is in progress. 

Contact a company like Eliminator Plumbing for more information and assistance.