Hot Water Heater Leaking and Repair Success

Hot Water Heater Leaking and Repair Success

The care and upkeep of a water heater is extremely important so that the system does not experience failure.  Staying on top of the various needs of the unit will also prevent hot water heater leaking and other problems associated with these appliances. In most homes, the water heater runs around the clock to provide you with hot water right when you need it. With this happening constantly, it is no wonder why these units need regular attention and care in order to function properly. Before you ever begin a system repair, make sure to complete the following safety precautions:


  1. Turn off the gas line going to the unit. Make sure that any fumes that have leaked into the air have adequate time to clear out. Prolonged exposure to these fumes is dangerous and potentially fatal.
  2. Turn off the circuit breaker covering that part of the house. This will prevent shock and possible sparks that can lead to fire.
  3. Turn off the water valve going into the system.
  4. Relieve system pressure by opening up the drainage valve (to avoid water damage, attach a hose to the valve spout and allow it to drain accordingly).
  5. Do not touch the water heater tank until the system has had enough time to cool off.

Once you have accomplished these steps, you are ready to continue performing system troubleshooting and repair. With the help of Roto-Rooter, you have access to all of the tools, products, and materials you need to ensure that your repair ends successfully. If you have limited hands-on experience or simply do not want to deal with the issue by yourself, call in one of our certified and trained technicians to help you out. With amazing prices, you can feel good about the small investment you make for our outstanding services and customer support.

To ensure that future hot water heater leaking problems do not develop, it is good to understand the importance of system flushing. Over time, soot and pressure buildup inside of the water heating tank causing problems, such as leaking. Flushing out the system allows pressure to be relieved and will push out the build-up of dirt and grime.

During your next system flush, it may be a good idea to replace the anode rod as well. This rod is responsible for keeping the internal workings clean.

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