When was the last time you had someone look at your water heater? This unit takes a beating in daily use. With the constant heating and cooling affect that the heater and waterline produce, the tank can develop structural issues resulting in water heater leaking. If this is the case for you, it is important to figure out exactly where the leak is coming from. There are several spots where leakage develops.
A. The tank itself can experience structural problems because of building pressure. Check the base of the tank for leakage.
B. The cold water line coming into the tank and the overflow tube carrying the hot water away can both have failing components where connections are made.
C. Check the air for toxic fumes. The gas line coming into the unit, to fuel the heating process, can experience problems if not maintained properly. This is an especially dangerous kind of leak.
It is important to call Roto-Rooter right way when you first notice any type of water heater leaking. Talk with the service provider and stress to them the sensitivity of the situation in order to secure an emergency appointment as soon as possible. Once the technician is on the way, you can prep for his or her arrival and make the repair process a bit smoother.
1. First, use the steps laid out above to figure out where the leak is coming from.
2. Second, follow the cold water line coming into the unit backwards to locate the shut-off valve. Turn it firmly to the off position to cut off water flow.
3. Third, the pressure of hot water might be the culprit for leakage. Open up the pressure relief valve to allow the hot water to escape. Put a bucket underneath to catch the escaping water. Also, make sure not to touch this water until it has cooled to avoid burns.
4. Finally, turn off the gas line and make sure that the circuit breaker for the water heater is also turned off. If there is any kind of gas leak, the unit powering on to light up a flame could cause an explosion if the gas leak is serious.
This guide should help your next Roto-Rooter visit go great and help you stay safe in the process before the technician arrives. Make sure to set up follow-up visits for maintenance and repair in the future.
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