How to Put an Electric Water Heater on a Stand

When installing an electric water heater in your basement, it should be placed on a stand to keep it off the floor.
This will prevent the bottom of the tank from rusting or sustaining damage if water gets into the basement. You can create a stand for your water heater, at virtually no cost, by using a few cinder blocks or bricks to raise the water heater off the ground.

Step 1

Place two cinder blocks on the floor. You can also place four bricks in a square shape so that there is 1 ½ feet between each brick.

Step 2

Set a level over the cinder blocks or bricks to be sure that they are level.

Step 3

Place shims under the cinder blocks or bricks to make them level, if necessary.

Step 4

Take the water heater out of the box, if it was purchased new.

Step 5

Align the water heater so that the drain valve or faucet is facing forward.

Step 6

Lift the water heater up and place it on top of the cinder blocks or bricks and make sure it is properly centered.

Things You Will Need

  • Cinder blocks
  • Bricks
  • Level
  • Shims


  • Placing the water heater on a stand will make getting to the drain easier.
  • Set a square piece of plywood over the cinder blocks or bricks to create a flat surface for the water heater.
  • Purchase a water heater stand if you do not want to use cinder blocks or bricks.


  • If the water heater rocks when placing it on the cinder blocks or bricks it is not sitting level.

About the Author

Cameron Easey has over 15 years customer service experience, with eight of those years in the insurance industry. He has earned various designations from organizations like the Insurance Institute of America and LOMA. Easey earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in political science and history from Western Michigan University.