Hot Water Heater Leaking Safety Guide

Hot Water Heater Leaking Safety Guide

When home plumbing issues arise, they demand your immediate time and effort if you want to avoid letting them get out of hand. With hot water heater leaking issues easily spinning out of control, leading to serious water damage, it is important to have the right tools and materials on-hand to resolve the issue quickly. With the help of Roto-Rooter, everything you will ever need for home plumbing repair is at your fingertips. With great products, tools, and services available at incredible prices, there is no reason to ever settle for anything less than perfection. For the past 70 years, we have been the go-to service for millions of people and we continue to deliver that service standard each and every day. To keep in line with this tradition, we have put together this guide for proper water heater maintenance and repair tips to help you along your way.

Safety First: Important Water Heater Precautions

For any kind of water heater problem, it is important to understand that this particular appliance has a lot of components that can lead to personal injury if proper precautions are not taken. Whether you are trying to resolve hot water heater leaking issues or simple cleaning needs, you should complete the following steps to keep yourself and those around you free of injury:

  1. Turn off the circuit breaker over the part of the system responsible for the heating unit. If you plan on opening up the unit for repairs, not only will stray sparks possibly start a fire, but electrical shock is a dangerous risk.
  2. Shut off the gas line going into the unit. Natural gas fumes are toxic and will lead to asphyxiation if exposure is prolonged. After shutting off the gas line, let the air clear out before continuing the repair.
  3. Turn off the water valve going into the system. If there is a lot of water leaking onto the floor, this will limit the amount of water damage taking place.
  4. Relieve tank pressure by opening up the drainage valve (if you are worried about water on the floor, first attach a hose to the valve and run it accordingly).
  5. Leave the heater alone for a few minutes to give it a chance to cool off properly. Failing to do this might result in serious burns.

For more water heater care tips and tricks, call Roto-Rooter today.

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