What To Do When Your Water Heater Is Leaking

A water heater leaking can cause just a minor inconvenience at first. However, if not addressed accordingly, this problem may grow bigger, causing you to spend more on repairs. Even a small amount of water can damage your walls, floors, and subfloors.

Water leaking from the water heater may also pose a health issue. Wet and damp areas may cause mildew and mold to thrive, leading to asthma or allergic reactions in some individuals. To address the leaking issue, it’s best to act quickly before you deal with sky-high repair bills and damaged personal property.

Step 1 – Confirm the leak’s source.

If you find water pooling around your tank’s base, it may only be condensation. If you’re not convinced by it, inspect plumbing to the heater, tank and valves.

You can also utilize paper towels to wipe down wet spots and observe if any other area indicate water. If you still don’t see any water heater leaking signs, place paper towels in the area where you initially found the dampness. Periodically return to the area for inspection.

Step 2 – Turn off your water heater.

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Upon confirming a water leak, immediately turn off the heater’s power source, especially if it’s electric. Note, however, that even natural gas heaters can also pose some dangers.

Step 3 – Turn off the water supply.

The heater normally has its own cold water shut-off valve located near the area where the tank connects to the inlet pipe. The valve may be a ball or gate valve.

Step 4 – Determine the leak’s location.

Determining the leak’s location is relatively easy as a heater has only a few common failure points. What makes matters complicated are if the heater is old, the area is difficult to see, or if condensation is the real cause.

Some common locations of water heater leaking may be the pressure relief valve, pipe fittings, drain valve, hot water tank, and heating element gasket.

Step 5 – Replace or Repair the water heater.

After determining the leak’s source, quickly decide if you want a new heater or just repair the existing one. You can easily find replacement parts, allowing you to do minor repairs yourself. However, call a plumbing professional if you have doubts. If your heater is a decade old, it’s better to replace it than spend a lot for repairs.

Fixing the Water Heater

If your unit is relatively new and if you are confident enough, you can handle the water heater leaking problem yourself. You just need patience and some basic tools.

When it comes to plumbing, a smaller leak can become a bigger problem, which will eventually result to water damage, flooding, or a serious leak. Have a plumber do the job if you want professional results.

Water Heater Repair with Johnson Plumbing in Reno

Johnson Plumbing in Reno and Sparks, Nevada is committed to providing quality plumbing installation, repair and service. If your hot water heater is leaking from the bottom, top, anywhere, we have the tools and expertise to fix it. Come check out our services and contact us today! We look forward to working with you!

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