It to hire a professional plumber yearly for a thorough inspection of residential plumbing. A professional has the tools and skills to detect issues that a non-plumber might miss. However, this does not mean you always have to get a pro plumber to notice common plumbing issues. Keep an eye out for these things.For a…
Is Your Hot Water Heater Leaking? Try This
Is your hot water heater leaking? Your first inclination is probably to call a plumber so they can arrive as quickly as they can to fix the issue. However, due to unforeseen circumstances, help may be several minutes or hours away. As responsible homeowners, something must be done quickly to stop the leaking, especially if the water heater is located near any valuables or electricity.
To immediately deal with hot water heater leaking and possible damage, try these remedies after calling the pros.
Pinpoint the source of leak
Helpful, of course
Either the drain valve or the tank itself will be responsible for water heater leaks because pipes leading into the unit will not directly affect the water heater unless they are loose. Knowing this first piece of information will be invaluable in quickly repairing your tank.
Drain valves are located at the bottom, used to relieve the tank of built-up sediment. Repairs to this portion of the tank are relatively simple and inexpensive. Should the leak be coming from the tank itself, it is time to kiss it goodbye.
Attempting to repair a tank wastes more time and effort than it is worth, not to mention a lot of money. Investing in a new tank at this point would be the smartest use of your money.
Kill the water supply
Important step here
Regardless of where the leaks are coming from, cut the water leading into the house. Although not required, you may want to turn on the hot water valve at all locations in your kitchen and bathroom to relieve remaining hot water from the line.
Electric water heaters will be hardwired directly to your breaker panel; turn the power off immediately. Gas water heaters can be turned off by pointing the dial toward the “off” position. At this point, both hot and cold water should be off and power should be cut.
Move anything obstructing a plumber’s path
The clearer, the better
Not only do you want your valuables away from leaking hot water heaters, plumbers cannot effectively do their work if they are constantly bobbing and weaving around various objects. With everything away from the leaking heater, mop the area (as much as you can) and prepare for your plumber. Place a bucket or large pan around the valve area to catch any dripping water, if you have isolated that as the problem.
If the tank is the issue and the leak is around the top, locate a release valve and drain as much water as you can from the tank without leaving it completely dry. Finally, be prepared to convey all the information that you collected while shutting off water and identifying drips or leaks to the plumber. They may be able to repair your tank or help you locate a suitable tank for your size of household and immediately switch it out.
Excessive hot water heater leaking can be a costly endeavor. Make sure you are consulting the right plumber and taking precautionary measures to assure that any further leaking ceases.
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