2 steps to take before having your hot water system replaced
If your property's hot water system has reached the end of its life and you will be having a new one installed by a plumber that provides hot water replacement services, here are some steps you should take before this process begins.
1. Buy a portable camping shower
In this situation, it might be a good idea to buy a portable camping shower. The reason for this is that whilst the plumber is replacing your system, you will not have access to hot water in your home (aside from the water you boil in your kettle). Depending on what type of system you have, it could take them a few days to complete this task.
If the idea of washing in the sink with some water from your kettle doesn't appeal to you, and you don't have any neighbours who are willing to let you use their shower, then it might be worth buying a camping shower that you can use on the days when the plumber is installing the new hot water tank. This type of shower is portable and will enable you to wash properly whilst the work is being carried out. This might be particularly important if you have a job or an exercise routine that is very physically strenuous and that results in you getting quite dirty, sweaty or dusty (for example, if you work on a farm).
Purchasing this shower will allow you to feel clean and comfortable, even when you cannot use your bathroom's washing facilities.
2. Create a clear path from the tank to the entryway to your home
In most residential properties, the hot water tank is either in the basement or attached to an exterior wall. Wherever the tank happens to be located in your home, it is important to ensure that the path from the entryway of your property to the tank is free from any indoor or outdoor furniture, bicycles, gym equipment or other bulky items.
The reason for this is that the plumber will need to remove the old tank and transport it out of the property, before bringing in the new tank and installing it. Given that most hot water tanks are several feet tall and quite wide, your plumber might struggle to carry out the aforementioned tasks if you have left bulky furniture or other items in the areas where they need to walk through whilst carrying this item.
If you don't create this clear path prior to the plumber's arrival, they may struggle to squeeze the old or the new tank past the bulky furniture, which may result in them bumping into this furniture or even accidentally dropping the new tank and damaging it.