How to Handle a Water Heater Leak

How to Handle a Water Heater Leak

water heater leak can prove to be a frustrating nuisance that quickly adds up to a significant amount of wasted water and money, if the leak is not repaired in a timely fashion. First and foremost, you need to determine where the leak is coming from. This will help you to determine the source of the problem and the steps necessary to repair it.

Proceed with Caution

Make sure to proceed with caution when performing any maintenance on your equipment. A water heater is extremely hot, temperamental, and should be treated as such. It is best to wear protective clothing, such as thick, heatproof gloves, aprons, and boots, to help protect you from hot temperatures and boiling water, in case your water heater has sprung a leak. Make sure to also power off the electricity that leads to your electric water heater or the gas valve that supplies gas to your gas water heater.

Leaking from the Metal Valve

If your gas or electric water heater is leaking from the metal thing on the top or side of your water heater, then it is likely the temperature relief valve (or TMP valve) that is leaking. The thermostat is turned up too high, which has caused the temperature relief to kick into gear.

The springs in the temperature relief valve may also be weak and about to break, which would require a valve replacement. If the vent pipe is dry, then your tank is likely rusted or corroded or there is faulty plumbing work. This requires the attention of a skilled professional.

Leaking from the Top or Bottom

If your water heater is leaking from where the water supply enters the tank or from the bottom of the tank, then you will want to shut off the water supply and call a professional as soon as possible. Clear any possible flooding and dry the area as best you can before the contractor shows up.

Call a Plumber

If simple fixes do not work, or if you feel nervous about dealing with the water heater on your own, then it is time to call your local Roto-Rooter in Independence MO. It is important that you contact someone as soon as possible because the longer you wait, the worse the resulting damage will be. While a complete replacement may be necessary, in most cases, a simple repair is enough to deal with the problem at hand. Make sure to request a guarantee from the plumber to ensure that the work is done properly.

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