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Rules & Regs Monthly Spotlight

Not really Rules & Regs, but we're going to Spotlight this anyway. It's important!

Association Spotlight: How old is your water heater? Don't wait for a failure and a water catastrophe to replace!

The Association is dedicated to keeping costs in line and limiting insurance claims to keep coverage and eventually to reduce the insurance expense by improving our loss runs. One of the largest vulnerable areas is our individual hot water heaters.

How old is your water heater?

You can find the age by looking at the serial number on the manufacturer's sticker on the upper portion of the water heater. You may need to check the manufacturer's website to confirm, but many will follow this serial number date code:

"A-S051057630". The A represents the month and with A being the first letter of the alphabet, it means January. The next two digits are for the year-05 for the year 2005.

As a general rule of thumb, consideration of replacement should take place every 10 years. The water heaters at Westgate are located in an area that can cause significant damage to your unit and your fellow unit owner's homes. Do not wait for the water heater to leak or fail!

Signs that may signal failure concerns:

Rusty Water: if rust colored water comes out of the "hot" side of the piping in your home, your tank could be rusting on the inside.

Noise: if unusual noises are coming from the tank, a rumbling/banging/or gurgling, hardened sediment may be built up on the bottom of the tank, which can cause small leaks leading to a failure.

Water around the water heater: if you have water in your drip pan or any moisture forming around the tank or its' surrounding area, the possibility of a leak exists.

Prevent Damage-Inspect your Hot Water Heater!

Have your hot water heater inspected by a professional, licensed insured plumber or plumbing certified inspector. In addition to checking the hot water heater, be sure they look at all of the fittings and connections along with the temperature/pressure overflow pipe to ensure that they are dry and not failing.

Thank you for doing your part in keeping Westgate insurance claim free and ensuring the safety of the residents!