Water Heater Leaking Safety Tips and Steps

Water Heater Leaking Safety Tips and Steps

If you are struggling with Oakland, CA, water heater leaking and need help resolving these issues, call Roto-Rooter. We have an outstanding product line that includes all of the tools, materials, and services you need to successfully repair even the most mischievous water heating appliances. If you have the know-how and experience to get things done by yourself, simply use our tools and products to successfully do so. If, however, you do not feel confident enough to perform your own repairs, our trained and certified staff of technicians is standing by to help. Since 1935, we have been a reliable home plumbing solution specialist that cares about the customer experience. With a reputation for amazing customer service, we try to continue in that same light through the careful preparation of this blog post. In it, you will find helpful safety tips and maintenance advice for proper water heater repair.

Steps for Safety

 The most important thing to remember when attempting a repair is making sure that you and those around you are always safe. In the event that a water heater issue arises, you should complete the following steps before starting the troubleshooting process:

  1. Turn off the circuit breaker over the system. If electricity is running through the various wires and components you are about to tamper with, you are at risk of electrical shock. Also, stray sparks have the potential of causing a fire, especially if natural gas fumes are in the air.
  2. Double check to make sure that you have securely turned off the natural gas line leading into the system. If there has been a leak, give the space enough time to clear out before resuming work. Inhalation of excessive natural gas can quickly lead to asphyxiation and even death.
  3. Turn off the water valve leading into the system. If there is a lot of water leaking out of the tank onto the floor and surrounding area, this will minimize the amount of water damage taking place.
  4. Relieve the pressure buildup inside of the unit by opening up the drainage valve (to avoid escaping water from hitting the floor, attach a hose and run it to a nearby drain).
  5. Give the water heater a few minutes to adequately cool off before making direct contact. If you fail to do this, you risk burning yourself.

For more Oakland, CA, water heater leaking repair tips and maintenance techniques, call Roto-Rooter today to speak with a friendly representative.

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