Water Heater Leaking Issues and Corrosion Problems

August 07, 2015

There is no need to sit back and allow Jefferson City water heater leaking to be the instigator of another host of water damage problems in your home. With regular maintenance and tune-up care, you can ensure that your water heater not only lasts a long time, but also all the other important components that make up your plumbing system. With the help of Roto-Rooter products, services, and expertise that you can rely on, there is no way to go wrong. Make sure to call to set up regular appointments with our technicians to come out to ensure that your plumbing is in a good condition. Doing so will prevent serious damage to the structure of your home and also keep you in the loop about different issues that pop up unexpectedly.

Water Heater Corrosion

Nothing causes leaking in a water heater like corrosion gone out of control. Within most modern water heater units is a component called the anode rod. It sits in the system and prevents the water from corroding the inner structure of a water heater by drawing minerals to itself like a magnet. Every few years, these rods need to be changed in order to continue functioning efficiently. Failing to do so will result in serious damage to the system that could result in failures beyond repair.

Corrosion can also occur when a system hasn't been flushed in a while. Calcium buildup can start to collect inside of a water heater and cause it to improperly function. If these types of issues go unattended, they can result in a system breaking down completely. To flush a system, all you need to do is the following (in order):

  1. Connect a hose to the drainage valve on the water heater.
  2. Run the hose to a drain nearby so that the hot water does not leak onto the floor.
  3. Turn on a hot water faucet at the highest point in the home.
  4. Turn off electrical power and/ or gas flow to the water heater.
  5. Turn off the water supply valve controlling water to the water heater.
  6. Turn on the drainage valve and allow the water to drain out completely. Make sure not to touch the hot water at this point because it will burn you badly.
  7. After the hot water has drained completely, turn on the cold water supply valve again and allow the cold water filling the tank to continue to drain and flush out all of the impurities inside.
  8. Turn the drainage valve firmly to the off position, turn off the faucet in the house, allow tank to refill with water then turn on the electricity and/or gas to the water heater.

Following these steps and learning more about your unit will help you prevent Jefferson City water heater leaking issues for good.


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