Burst Geysers

Burst geysers generally happen at most inconvenient times like early in the morning or on weekends (when no one is working). Dow Jones will ensure we are there at your time of need.

Bursts geyser are generally caused by corrosion of the cylinder or a pressure surge. This causes the cylinder to rupture and leakage from the ceiling is inevitable, resulting in damage to ceilings, electrics, cupboards and laminate flooring.

Geyser installations need to be installed by an experienced plumber and adhere to the SANS 10254 code by utilising the necessary valves and drip to comply with standards. Dow Jones installs various geysers ranging from under counter Prisma geysers to 50l, 100l, 150l, 200l, 250l geysers.

When faced with the unpleasant situation that your Geyser burst and flooded your home, turn off the water supply line that goes to your geyser. If you are unsure of where the shut off valve is located, turn off the water supply to the entire house. The cause of the geyser leak may be corrosion, which is probably related to the age of the water heater. In that case, you may want to call a water damage restoration company to cleanup the flood and restore the property to pre-water damage condition.

However, another reason for the leak may be too much pressure in the water heater and that is potentially a dangerous situation.Geysers have a temperature-pressure (TPR) valve that is usually set to 400kpa. When everything works as it should, if the pressure in the water heater goes over 400kpa, the TPR valve balances it out by opening and releasing the extra pressure. However, when there is a malfunction in the TPR valve or in the system as a whole, the built up pressure can cause the water heater to literally explode. To prevent this from happening, turn on any hot water faucet and let the water flow for a while to depressurize the geyser. Then, turn off the power switch to an electric water heater unit.

For gas water heaters, both the gas line and fuel valve should be shut off. To install a new water heater, call a plumber.At this time, flood cleanup needs to be addressed. If the water damage is extensive, then by all means call a water damage restoration professional who has all the necessary equipment, such as water pumps, fans, and dehumidifiers and other tools and supplies needed to handle a burst geyser overflow. If flood from the geyser affected your ceiling, walls, or any other building infrastructure, do not take chances. Call a water damage restoration company and leave the repair work to professionals.However, if you are handy and have or can rent a wet-dry vacuum as well as some fans and dehumidifiers and if the flood damage is localized and manageable, then you may be able to tackle the job yourself. Do keep in mind that if water damage is not contained, mold may develop as early as 24-48 hours from the water heater overflow.

If furniture, carpeting, wood flooring, and other items are wet, you may have no choice but to contact a content restoration facility to help you out and dry your belongings.A wet-dry vacuum will suck up most of the water, but not all. You will still need to use sponges, rags or towels to go after every drop of water to prevent mold growth. After this step is done, engage fans by positioning them throughout the affected area. Keep fans working constantly for a couple of days. That helps dry the area and reduce moisture and humidity. Furthermore, turn your air conditioner “fan” option from “on” to “auto” for additional humidity control. Engage a dehumidifier after you remove the fans.Hopefully, you will be able to restore and repair your geyser emergency in a satisfactory manner. Keep in mind that geysers need to be monitored and maintained regularly to prevent such emergencies.

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