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What you'll find on this page: Friendly reminders on things you should be doing for your water heater.

Air screens on the side of a gas water heater

Do you know where the cold-water shutoff for your water heater is? Do you know if it works? Test by closing it, then running a tap somewhere. If it continues to flow, or even dribbles, then the valve can't be trusted to shut off the water when you need it. Ball valves, bottom photo, are more reliable than the gate valves on top.