In the course of owning your home, things are going to break or begin leaking. It is simply a matter of time and inevitability. Something is going to happen. One of the most costly things that can happen is when your hot water heater begins to leak.
Normally located in the basement or a service room of the home, the water heater s not noticed as long as the water for dishes stays boiling hot and your showers are not replaced by ice cubes. However, once the heater begins to leak, it becomes a necessary fix that needs your immediate attention.
In looking at the water heater, one of the first things you’re going to notice is that there is going to be a lot of water coming from the unit. Remember that these heaters are always full, so there is a lot of water present in the machine once a leak begins. Next, you will need to identify the origin of the leak. In the case of Hot water heaters, there is a lot of water and the leak doesn’t stop. This means that the potential for long-term damage to the home increases the longer the hot water heater is allowed to be given access. If you think that you have a leak, remember that leaks do not simply start and stop, but they will be fairly consistent.
One of the best ways to find a leak in a hot water heater is to first clean up a puddle. Once this is done, then take some paper towels and place them in the area of the leak. It is also necessary to wipe the unit and internal mechanisms down as thoroughly as possible. This is done to show the origins of the leak.
Once the source of the leak has been discovered, then it is critical to begin the repair. First, you are going to turn off the water to the appliance. If the appliance is leaking, why should there be a steady stream of water. The closing of the water will accommodate this decision. Don’t forget too to shut off all water to the unit. Sometimes people forget to turn off the cold water supply. This can lead to significance and potentially major damage.
Once the water has been shut off from the unit, then it would be time to check all the hoses attached to the unit. If you find a hose that has some leaking or excessive condensation, then congrats, you have an easy to fix project. Sometimes it is not this easy. Check the hoses and their connections. Make sure that these are not the reasons for the leak. If you are still having a difficult time finding or repairing the leak, call a licensed plumber as soon as possible.
A plumber would be able to quickly diagnose the issue and repair in a timely manner. Don’t allow yourself to fall into the expensive trap of having to call multiple contractors to fix the heater. Get it right the first time and enjoy your home as you intended to be.
Call Water Damage Zone today (877) 520-1923 your future bills may be a lot smaller, if you follow these simple tips. You can also visit our sister company for further information on restoration services at Best American Builders.
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