When it comes to plumbing problems, it seems that leaking and flooding issues are the most common. Whether you have an old plumbing system or brand new pipes installed, you are still at risk of water damage somewhere along the line in your home plumbing system. One problem that is especially difficult to troubleshoot is water heater leaking. Plumbing appliances make the water coming into your house useful through various applications. From the dishwasher, to the sink, to the water heater, there is a lot of opportunity for things to go wrong. Use the following guide information to gain helpful tips to better understanding your home plumbing system.
There are a lot of different types of water heaters on the market. The most popular model has a tank that fills with water where a pilot light fuels natural gas and heats the stored water. Until the water is used, the flame kicks in every few minutes in order to ensure that the water does not drop in temperature.
Manufacturers today have improved a lot of the older technology and have integrated in new ideas that help to minimize energy usage. Hybrid water heaters use a lot less energy to heat water and some even rely solely on solar panels to power themselves. Tankless water heaters have been around for a couple decades but have only recently been developed to actually heat water fast enough to provide it on demand.
There are a few reasons why a water heater can start to leak. The most common reason is too much pressure built up in the system. A normal functioning plumbing system at any given moment should not have internal pressures rise above sixty-psi. If this occurs, not only will water start springing leaks in the water heater but older pipes and connective parts will give out under the pressure too, resulting in more leaks and flooding.
If your water heater is leaking, one way to relieve the pressure building up inside is simply to allow the water to drain completely before letting it refill again. This is called "flushing" the system and also cleans out the minerals and grime that could be responsible for other problems in the system.
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