Water Heater Leaking Repair Tips and Tricks from Roto-Rooter

Water Heater Leaking Repair Tips and Tricks from Roto-Rooter

New homeowners are in for a surprise when dealing with maintenance and repair of a home plumbing system. What you will quickly learn is that the water heater is an appliance that takes a lot of wear and tear yet serves you reliably year after year. However, over the years, many things can bog down your water heater’s performance. To make sure that your water heating unit is free of water heater leaking issues, take care to schedule annual or semi-annual maintenance and repair to keep the system in good shape.

Especially for those who are experienced with do-it-yourself repairs and enjoy hands on activities, it can be tempting to take on this responsibility without calling in professional service providers to aid in the process. While you can do plenty on your own, remember that you have access to top of the line Roto-Rooter products and services that can boost your efforts and make them more effective. Every good do-it-yourselfer knows his or her limits. If you don’t have the skills, don’t play around with a water heater. They can be dangerous.

Most water heaters last between eight to eleven years. However, with regular maintenance this average life-span can be boosted to fifteen years or more. Use the following guide to start your Irving, water heater leaking repair efforts correctly and safely:

  1. First, pinpoint where the leak source is. If you have called in a service technician, relay this information to him or her upon arrival.
  2. Second, inspect the base of the water heater for damage. If you notice warping or pooling water, it means that there is a structural problem causing the tank encasement to leak. To prevent further water damage, it is important to relieve the pressure.
  3. To quickly relieve pressure within the tank, open the pressure relief valve and empty some of the hot water into a bucket. Before touching the water, give it time to cool down.
  4. Take a close look at the water supply line entering the top of the water heater. If the connecting components are also warped and out of place, you might notice water leaking from this area. Follow the pipeline until you find the shutoff valve switch. Firmly turn it to the off position to cut off water flow to the tank.
  5. To add another level of safety, make sure to turn off the gas line and shut-off the circuit breaker responsible for the unit's power. One stray spark with a gas leak will cause some serious problems, such as a fire. Be careful!

For more water heater repair tips and resources, call Roto-Rooter of Irving, Texas today for information.

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