How to Move a Water Tank

There are many reasons why homeowners may want to move their water tank. However, this is a task that requires strategic planning and devotion. Of course, with time and commitment you can relocate your water tank yourself but it is best to hire a professional plumber to do this job.

Before attempting to move your water tank, you must consider local building codes, learn how to reroute water lines and move your electrical supply. Although these may seem like simple steps, the process can go haywire if even one thing goes wrong.

1. Prepare the New Location

You may need to open up walls and install new pipes, fittings and electrical lines into the walls. Additionally, a new vent pipe will need to be inserted for the water heater to operate correctly. A majority of building codes require you to use raised platform which will increase labor costs.

2. Disconnect Hot Water Heaters

Turn off water to the entire house prior to disconnecting the water heater. After this, a hot water faucet and cold water faucet must be turned on to drain the water lines and the hot water heater’s tank. Make sure the water has completely drained and then disconnect the hot water line. Additionally, the hot water heater should be disconnected from the electrical power and the breaker should be turned off. Lastly, the gas line on the valve has to be disconnected before disconnecting the hot water heater from the gas line.

3. Moving the Hot Water Heater

New water pipes should be checked and pressurized before moving the actual water heater. After connecting the hot water heater, turn on a cold water faucet. Turn off the cold water once all the air is of the cold water line. Do this with the hot water faucet. It’s crucial to keep the gas on to the entire house or the pilot lights in your home will turn off when you turn the gas back on. Regulate gas flow by using the valve on the gas line next to the water heater.

As you can see, there are many elements you must work with when moving your water tank. This is a process that requires time, effort and precision. In most instances, it’s best to rely on a professional plumber. Ariel Services, Inc. will come to your home and provide a free estimate. We will go over the entire procedure with you and ensure that the water tank is being moved properly.

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