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RUNAWAY WATER HEATERS!

Why is it important that you double strap your water heater?  Not because it’s going to run away…but because of earthquakes!  Did you know that earthquakes are semi-common in Northwestern Washington?  

It’s recommended that you strap the bottom and top 1/3’s of your water heater appliance, which is customary in seismic zones.   This may seem like a step that’s done in an abundance of caution, but you wouldn’t want it to be your water heater that topples over in an earthquake and takes a fuel line out with it!  Also, FYI, most lenders require water heaters to be double-strapped as a condition of financing.   

Check out this link for more information on double strapping your water heater: Earthquake Country Alliance: Welcome to Earthquake Country!