Restaurateurs: Protect Yourself from Lawsuits with Safe Industrial Supplies

Hi, my name is Kat. I have worked in the front and back house of many restaurants, and I have also seen the game from the perspective of an owner. Although many people like to embrace complicated safety procedures, I believe you can accomplish just as much with smaller supplies and procedures. If you are ready to strip down your safety procedures and figure out easier, more effective ways to keep your staff safe, please explore this blog. It discusses everything from finding the perfect non-slip mats to buying the best oven mats or hot towels. It also looks at specific supplies you can get to reduce your liability in certain areas. Thanks for reading!

2 Tricks For Replacing A Water Heater's Anode Rod In A Tight Squeeze


One of the most common and useful repairs for a hot water heater is replacing the anode rod, as it can add years to the life of any hot water heater, which more and more homeowners are catching on to. However, the act of replacing the rod can be tricky, especially in older homes or those with small basements with low ceilings. However, there are a couple tricks to replacing this bulky part without resorting to drastic measures like replacing the entire water heater for the sake of one measly part. 

1. Fabricate Extra Space

The ceiling of the basement is a fixed distance, and if you can't fit the old anode rod between the ceiling and the top of the water heater, you could be in hot water from the get-go. A good way to avoid this issue (and the bad pun associated with it) is to tilt the hot water tank to allow for more space to move the rod around. To do this, you will have to drain the tank and disconnect all of the pipes associated with it, starting of course with the electricity and the water intake. At this point, it may be worth looking into replacing the unit, as you've done all the hard work to remove it already. Depending on the warranty, heaters as new as four years should be inspected for the possibility of replacement. 

2. The Bend is Your Friend

While they are often a good deal more expensive, a flexible anode rod is sometimes the only option when it comes to installing a new anode rod in a tight space. These types of rods are often segmented, which allows for the diameter of a normal anode rod, along with the flexibility of a far thinner one. All of the major types of anode rods including those made from aluminum, magnesium, and zinc have flexible counterparts, meaning that the segmented approach is a perfect upgrade for any water heater, and a necessity in cramped spaces and basements. This improvement will make the next rod replacement go much more smoothly, without the need to tilt the tank. 

Space is always at a premium in the basement, especially in older houses or those in a city. This can make water heater maintenance a pain, and replacing the anode rod, a basic repair, a nightmare. Thankfully, being able to tilt the tank and use flexible anode rods will allow any plumber to replace an anode rod under nearly any conditions, meaning there's no reason why a water heater should forego this necessary maintenance. 

For more information, contact a commercial plumbing supplies store. 


12 March 2015