Water Heater Leaking: Tips for Prevention

Water Heater Leaking: Tips for Prevention

You get up one morning and there is no hot water.   When you check for the reason, you discover your hot water heater leaking. There is a puddle on your utility room floor almost big enough to swim in! What would you do?

Roto-Rooter often gets calls from customers who are having a plumbing crises. Many are frantic when they call because their homes are being flooded, their air conditioning has stopped working on the hottest day of the year, or they have stinky water in their yards because their septic tanks are overflowing. We know just what to do. We are your friends in the plumbing business.

A tank water heater is a durable appliance that will last for years if properly maintained. The only time you will realize it’s presence  is if it stops working. Unfortunately, neglecting a few basic maintenance checks each year can cause a major problem.  To prolong your water heater’s life and avoid having a surprise flood, here are a few basic tips on heater maintenance:

Flush your water heater tank every few years. Build-up of sediment and hard water deposits can reduce the efficiency of your system.  Flushing your water heater is not difficult, but call Roto-Rooter if you find yourself having trouble with it.

  • Change the anode in your tank when you perform the flushing. This rod helps reduce the corrosion that takes place in your tank.
  • Keep your hot water heater clean and protected. Cover it with an insulated sock to increase its efficiency. Be sure to secure it to the nearest wall in the event of a natural disaster.
  • Check the top vents to make sure they are free of obstructions.

Even with a regular maintenance schedule, a water heater is a mechanical device that will eventually age and wear-out. When you notice your older water heater leaking,  it’s probably time for a new one. Your local Roto-Rooter technician will advise you what kind would work best for your home’s needs. He or she will assist in installing a new heater that will fit well into your budget and will supply an adequate amount of hot water to meet your expectations.

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