Water Heater Leaking: What you need to know

Water Heater Leaking may not seem like something to worry about, but it can become a big problem if not dealt with quickly. It doesn’t take a lot of water to create mold, and if you let a leak sit long enough the water can cause damage to your floors and walls. If you have a leak it’s important to act quickly.

The most important thing to do is to take some safety precautions.

First, you’re going to want to shut off the power to your water heater. If you have an electric water heater shut off the power at the circuit breaker. If you have a gas water heater then you will have to locate the on/off dial and turn the dial to off.

If you have a serious water heater leak, then you’ll want to shut off the cold water supply. Just be careful and avoid any water coming from your hot water tank. This water may extremely hot and can cause serious burns. The cold water shut-off valve if usually located above the tank. If you can’t get to it safely then you will have to locate the main water shut-off valve for your house.

If the water heater leaking isn’t serious, and you can’t tell where the water is coming from you may want to leave the water on for the time. This will help you locate the source of the leak.

There are a few locations to check when you’re dealing with water heater leaking:

  • The inlet and outlet pipes leading from the water heater
  • The temperature and pressure relief valve
  • The drain valve
  • The bottom of the tank

Once you’ve found the source of the leak, shut off the cold water supply if you haven’t already done so.

In most cases, a leak means that your water heater will need to be replaced. Although I’m an avid DIY’er, if this is the case I recommend calling a professional plumber to remove and replace the water heater.

That’s how you deal with water heater leaking.


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