What To Do When Your Hot Water Heater Leaks

Hot water heaters devices that rarely need maintenance and therefore are easily ignored by homeowners. They are reservoirs of water that use some type of heating source (either a gas water heater, electric water heater, or oil water heater) to keep the water inside at a consistently hot temperature so it is always available for use. But a small leak in a water heater system can quickly cause significant damage if not properly addressed when discovered. A complete water heater failure can create a very large flood, due to the sheer amount of water held in the reservoir at any given time.

So what happens when you find a leak in your hot water heater? First step is to locate the leak. If you notice a pool of water below or around you hot water heater, start by inspecting the heater and it plumbing and fixtures for obvious signs of a leak. If no leak is apparent in your water heater or its plumbing, wipe up the pool of water and place a cloth or paper towels down and re-inspect to see if the wetness returns. If over the next day you find water in the same area follow the rest of the steps to determine the issue.

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  • Water Heater Leak Inspection Step 1: Turn off the power source of the water heater
  • Water Heater Leak Inspection Step 2: Turn off the water source.
  • Water Heater Leak Inspection Step 3: Diagnose the leak.
  • There are a few areas that are usually the source of a water heater leak you should check:
  • ✓ The cold water inlet and hot water outlet connections..
  • ✓ The temperature and pressure relief valve (T&P valve).
  • ✓ The water heater drain valve.
  • ✓ The bottom of the hot water tank.

Once you have identified that there is a leak in the hot water heater, you will either have to repair your water heater, or replace it. In both cases, it is highly recommended that you call a professional plumber to deal with the problem. Improper repairs or removal of a water heater can cause larger leaks and even floods which could lead to much more serious problems. A professional plumber will be able to take care of any issue your water heater has.

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