What To Do About Burst Geysers

The most vulnerable time for geysers to burst is during the winter months. Geysers that have burst can be extremely damaging to property and personal items, and are often the result of faulty installation. According to statistics, almost 70% of home insurance claims are geyser related.
 
Although referred to as β€œbursting”, geysers usually do not simply burst. Geysers are usually broken down after years of wear and tear without effective maintenance. Sometimes geysers can burst due to incorrect thermostat settings – if the thermostat settings on the geyser are too high, the built up pressure from the steam can cause the geyser to literally burst – although this is rare compared to geysers that have broken down due to incorrect installation or maintenance.
 
If your geyser has burst, the single most important thing you can do to protect yourself and your home is turn off the electrical supply. It is not impossible to burn your house down if you leave the empty geyser to continue heating up. Water getting into electrical systems can also cause a fire or electrocution if touched. If water has gotten into your electrical system, it is vital to not touch it and call an electrician as soon as possible.
 
Having a burst geyser replaced can be extremely costly, and paying for damaged walls, carpeting or furniture can drive the cost up immensely. Depending on how bad the problem is, the geyser made need to be replaced or fixed by a plumber. It is not recommended to attempt to fix your burst geyser yourself unless you have plumbing experience, as an attempt by someone who is inexperienced could cause further damage. If you have a bond on your home, you are legally bound to have structural insurance on your home. Having content insurance can ensure that any damaged furniture can be replaced.
 
Burst geysers can cause major damage to your home’s structure, walls, carpeting and furniture and any plumbing problems with your geyser should be attended to immediately. Allowing the problem to worsen can cost you much more in the long run.

Andy Duncan
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