Prevent Burns: Check the Temperature of Your Water Heater
It’s September, baby safety month, and the certified plumbers at Reichelt Plumbing have been doing a lot of thinking about all the little things parents do to keep their children safe. They lock up cupboards containing cleaning supplies and medicines, buckle them into car seats, and take any number of precautions, but we wondered: have the residents of Northwest Indiana and South Cook County Illinois checked the temperature of their water heaters?
The fact is that a hot water heater with the temperature set too high can be extremely dangerous. Water with a temperature of over 125° F can burn skin both quickly and severely. If you have small children, or if small children visit your home or business, your water heater or tankless water heater should be set for 120° F or even a bit lower, so that children don’t run the risk of coming into contact with water that is too hot pouring out of a bathroom faucet. Simply taking a couple minutes out of your busy schedule to check the temperature of your hot water heater to ensure that it is set for the appropriate temperature can prevent unnecessary accidental scalding.
Some people worry that soaps and detergents, for hands, dishwashers, and laundry machines won’t be as effective if the water isn’t as hot, and this is simply not true. Most soap is designed to work best in water at temperatures between 120° F and 125° F, so adjusting the temperature of your water heater will not have an effect on your home or business’s cleanliness.
At Reichelt Plumbing, we know everything there is to know about hot water heaters, from tankless water heaters to electric and gas water heaters, and if you have any questions about them or are in need of a plumbing repair of any kind we’re here to help. We specialize in both residential and commercial plumbing and have over 25 years of plumbing experience. If you’re looking for the best local plumbing company serving Northwest Indiana and South Cook County, look no further. We can’t wait to hear from you.