August 20, 2019

You can use every nook and cranny in your home for storage, but sometimes it’s important to be aware of what you’re putting near your home comfort equipment! Take your water heater for example: You might be relying on it more often when the heating season rolls back around, so make sure you pay attention to what you’re storing around the equipment!

Here are some dos and don’ts for storing anything near a water heater:


  • Clear the area around your water heater to ensure adequate space for proper ventilation
  • Keep the area organized, clean and safe to avoid accidents
  • Install shelving to keep household items away from the water heater


  • Store combustible materials within 18” of your water heater as flammable items that are placed closer could potentially catch fire
  • Store items that are prone to moisture damage such as books, papers, important documents, or magazines close to the water heater
  • Place any items that may block or obstruct your view of the water heater, as this could prevent you from noticing a leak – or any other important issue

Be sure to remember to always keep space around your water heater and to store items at a reasonable distance in order to prevent accidents, damage to your property, or to the water heater itself. In fact, this is good practice for all of the equipment in your home!

While you’re making room in preparation for the heating season, don’t forget to call Junkyard Dogs for all of your junk removal needs!

Old furniture, appliances, and other large pieces of equipment can be gone in no time at all! Contact us today to schedule a pick up at your earliest convenience.