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What To Do When Your Water Heater Is Leaking

Chances are, you will only discover that your water heater is leaking by stumbling over a puddle of water on the floor. And hopefully, you spot the mess before actually stepping in it and stumbling. But sometimes, that is what it takes to decide to learn a valuable lesson and begin monthly water heater inspections. But regardless of how or when you find that your Bryan home’s water heater is leaking, it is crucial to take fast action to avoid further damage.

Essential Steps To Take Before Calling Your Plumber

  1. The most important step is turning off your water heater’s power, especially if it is an electric model. For an electric water heater, go to your breaker panel and locate the breaker labeled water heater, and move the switch to the off position. This will prevent any hazard of electrical shock. For a gas water heater, locate the thermostat and turn the know to the off position. This will stop the flow of gas to the unit.
  2. Next, you need to shut off the water flowing into the water heater to stop the leak. There will be a cold water line running to the water heater with a shut-off valve. Turn the valve to the right until it stops moving to shut off the water flowing to the water heater completely.
  3. Draining the tank is your next task. Until the pressure and water are removed from the tank, it will continue to leak. Remember, the water that comes out of the tank will be hot. So be careful and do not drain the tank into your lawn or plant beds. Attach a hose to the drain valve at the base of the tank. Run the hose to a floor drain or out into the street. Then open the drain valve on the water heater.
  4. There is likely to be a vacuum created in the water heater that will prevent it from draining until to open hot water faucets in your home. Once you open a few, the water should drain smoothly from the water heater holding tank.
  5. Now that there is no potential for the leak to create water damage in your home, it is time to call in the professionals for a repair or replacement.

Why Is My Water Heater Leaking?

The good news is that not all water heater leaks require a replacement. Some of the most common leaks include:

  • The Drain Valve- You might have noticed that water was leaking from the drain valve when you connected the hose to drain the tank. This is an easy fix for a licensed plumber and costs just a fraction of a new water heater’s cost.
  • Loose Water Line- Over time, the water lines carrying water to and from your water heater can begin to wear and leak or just become loose. And again, these are easy fixes for a plumbing pro. You will also be happy to learn that the cost will be very reasonable compared to a new water heater.
  • Broken Temperature And Pressure Valves- These are located on the side of most water heater holding tanks and can be replaced very easily and cost-effectively by a licensed plumber.
  • Corrosion- This is the most costly issue that can occur. There is no safe way to repair a tank that is compromised by rust or corrosion. The only safe solution is to replace the entire water heater.

When you discover your water heater leaking, call (979) 977-1655. The pros at Curry Plumbing are here to help 24/7 with reliable and cost-effective solutions.

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