Tips to Keep Your Water Heater from Leaking

Tips to Keep Your Water Heater from Leaking

Let Roto-Rooter know if you have a water heater leaking in Ann Arbor. We are experts in the plumbing repair business and take care of the problem. Call us day or night, seven days a week. We will respond to your plumbing problem, even in the middle of the night! There is no job too small or large that we can’t handle with our expertise.

Plumbing repairs are often needed when you least expect them. Perhaps the water heater suddenly stops working, your kitchen faucet begins to drip, or your toilet clogs and backs up. Many things may require a professional plumber’s expertise. You can do some things, however, in the upkeep of your plumbing fixtures. Here are a few tips that will help save you money on expensive repair and replacement costs for fixtures that stop working prematurely:

Water Heater

Your conventional water tank style water heater will last a long time if it is properly maintained. You should flush your tank every couple of years to clear out the sediment build-up and hard water deposits. First, turn off the water and natural gas supply to the tank (for an electric heater, shut off the power at the breaker) and hook a hose to the tank drain on the side of the tank. The hose should be placed somewhere where water can drain. First open a hot water faucet somewhere in the house, preferably on the top floor of the house. Next, open the drain valve on the side of the water heater tank and allow the tank to drain. When it is empty, turn on the water supply and flush any remaining sediment from the tank. Allow the tank to fill (turn on the power for your electric heater). Turn on a faucet to test the hot water one hour after filling the tank filling. It is a good idea to check the tank anode rod and replace it at this time if needed.

Sump System

A sump pump is necessary if your home is in an area that has a high water table and you have a basement. The pump actually removes ground water that collects around your home’s basement or crawl space located under your house. You must check the pump at least once a year to verify that it works. This is done by pouring a bucket of water into the sump pit. The water should disappear within a few seconds when the pump turns on then turns itself off again. Also, clean any corrosion or hard water build-up from the pump that would obstruct free-movement of any pump parts.

If you discover any major problems with any of your home’s plumbing, such as a leaky faucet, broken sump pump, or water heater leaking in Ann Arbor be sure to contact Roto-Rooter immediately for fast, professional service.

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