Because hot water tanks are tall and heavy, they are vulnerable to being overturned by earthquake forces. If your hot water tank is not properly braced it can topple over during an earthquake, causing:
- A broken water line and flooding.
- A broken gas line and gas leak
- An electrical fire
- A fire resulting in major damage to your home
- You lose 50 gallons of drinkable water which may be critical in an emergency
Hot water tank seismic strapping involves the use of straps, spacers, and screws which are used to secure it to the wall’s framing. The number one reason you want your tank available is so you have 50 gallons of potable water available to drink as basic services may be unavailable after a major earthquake.