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Keeping Water Heaters in Garages

Your water heater is one of the most important appliances you have in your home. If it isn’t working correctly, you are dealing with cold showers and a lack of heat throughout your home. Water heaters are typically stored in basements, but here in Florida, we place them in garages. Avoid risks to your home and family by taking certain measures to maintain your water heater. Avoid property damage by clearing the area and safely organizing your belongings. 

Safely Store Belongings
Clear the area around the water heater. Water heaters run on gas or electricity, so you’ll need an ample amount of space around them so they can properly ventilate. If your garage doubles as a laundry room or storage space, you’ll want to make sure your items are a safe distance away. Keep your belongings safe by clearing them off the ground by placing them in storage cabinets. The Everest White Series is made of heavy-duty steel and can hold a heavy load. Any combustible materials should be stored at least 18 inches away from your water heater. Any flammable items that are nearby could catch fire.

Hang Equipment on Wall Systems  
Hang tools and sports equipment on your wall with hooks and accessories, such as Gladiator hanging wall systems. These slat wall-style tracks are made for hanging hooks, cabinets, and bins. Using your walls for storage is a sensible way to keep your gear off the ground and a reasonable distance away from the water heater. 

Install Protective Flooring
Unfortunately with keeping a water heater in your garage, you risk damage to your floors and walls. A leak can lead to mold and seep into the foundation of your home. Protect your garage from any leakage from your water heater by installing epoxy covering. These floors are durable and can withstand water. Simply wipe up any spills with a rag. 

At Garage Design Works, we are experts in garage organization in Orlando. Our team is more than qualified to handle the job. Contact us today for a free virtual consultation and to learn more about what we have to offer!

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