Exploding Water Heater

Submitted by: kribbe 8 years ago in Science
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What happens if a water heater gets a little too much pressure?
There are 31 comments:
Male 196
This actually happened to the house that I now live in but to the former owner.
The water heater exploded through the sub floor, through the ceiling, through the roof and landing in the back yard. I hear the story from a member of the fire dept. and a neighbor. The house caught fire because along the way, it ripped out some wiring and it shorted out and caught the place on fire. The occupant`s body was found under some walls that had collapsed. Anyway, we bought the house after it was totally remodelled.
Just thought I`d pass it along that this COULD happen. You need to make sure all the safety valves are properly installed.
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Male 1,404
Next, an overpressured deep fat fryer please!
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Female 1,063
Mythbusters are the bomb!
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Male 7,933
"What happens if a water heater gets a little too much pressure?"
Xbox 360
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Male 2,422
That was so totally awesome!
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Female 1,231
Old, but still win.

I love Mythbusters...

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Male 17
they must have edited out the twenty commercial breaks.
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Male 3,369
CaptainPat
Male, 13-17, Eastern US
2144 Posts Friday, June 27, 2008 1:39:10 PM
american voice over?
ive never heard a non-american one. so theres a british mythbusters? does it still have adam and jamey or are the dudes with british accents?
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The voice over is British over here. Dont know why but everything else is the same!

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Male 637
Yeah, unless you purposely want this to happen and take off the safeguard valve, it won`t. This is nifty, though.
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Male 1,109
once i read the title, i knew it was going to be mythbusters.
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Male 392
I met Adam Savage, Asked him to marry me and he touched my balls.
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Male 14,334
It`s called a Pressure relife valve they tested this rumor to see if it was possible because it actually happen a long time ago before they put these valves onto them. They kinda shot through a bunch of peoples roofs.
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Male 1,584
american voice over?
ive never heard a non-american one. so theres a british mythbusters? does it still have adam and jamey or are the dudes with british accents?
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Male 1,584
dont worry nothing would happen unless you capped off the emergency valve thingy
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Female 20
dudee. i live in the basement, and so my closet has a water heater..

:/

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Male 2,159
Mythbusters ftw!

Wow never heard the American voice over before...

...but that was totally awesome!!

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Female 761
cmanatlan, I love your avatar.
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Female 761
I have that size. I think it`s a wee bit pointless, considering I live in a townhouse.
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Male 3,369
Mythbusters!

MADE OF PURE WIN!!!!!!

Seriously...this is one of the best "we have no real catagory" shows ever!

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Male 382
I`ve had my dose of explosions for the day.
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Female 2,084
that`s not just a LITTLE too much. but WAY too much. what is the point of this? what a waste of water heaters.
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Male 2,616
This is going to destroy the model rocket industry.
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Male 3,301
I dont even have a water heater...
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Male 14,334
I used to do plumbing this wont happen there`s a valve on there that will open up if there`s too much pressure in there so if it was installed right this can`t happen.
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Male 483
you think having one in your basement is bad? i can literally put my hand out of my window and touch my waterheater...

and here i was thinking the wall and the window would protect me.

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Female 1,004
Yay Mythbusters!
And unless your waterheater is completely screwed up to begin with, I`d say not to worry about this...
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Female 460
Ahah. KABOOM!
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Male 602
It`s only when there`s too much pressure, so no need to worry.
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Female 168
now I`m afraid because I have one of those huge things in my basement.
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Male 602
Mythbusters ftw!
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Male 2,005
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