A leaking water heater can seem like a small, harmless nuisance, but it can quickly turn into a serious and expensive problem if not promptly fixed by a professional restoration company. Water heaters and boilers are usually stored in areas where they are rarely seen, such as basements, garages or utility closets. Because of their hidden locations, it’s often easy to miss signs of a leak until it is too late. What starts off as a couple drops of water pooling on the ground can turn into water damage on the walls, floors, and ceilings — it can even cause substantial flooding. In severe cases, a faulty water heater can burst, causing immediate water damage and potential harm to anyone nearby.
Water damage isn’t the only thing to worry about with a water heater leak, excess moisture from the leak can lead to mold growth, which causes serious health issues. If your water heater is leaking, contact Maven Construction Group. We have the experience and tools required to repair and prevent damage from all types of leaks.
Common Causes Of Water Heater Leaks
Whether in a home or business, there are a number of causes for water heater leaks, including the following reasons.
The majority of water heaters are made of steel, which is primarily composed of iron — and over time, iron rusts. While water heaters typically have an anode rod, which safeguards against rust, the anode valve can wear down with time.
Over time, sediment can collect at the bottom of a tank and start to eat at the tank’s inner lining, which leads to rust and holes.
Worn Out Seals
Leaks from worn out seals or faulty drain valves are much simpler and relatively inexpensive repairs.
The functional lifespan of a hot water heater is anywhere from 8 to 10 years. Towards the end of the lifecycle is when common leaks and unit corrosion are most likely to occur.
What Should I Do If My Water Heater Bursts?
In the case of a water heater burst, the entire tank will need to be replaced. Bursts tend to occur when the tank’s thermostat works improperly. A faulty thermostat will not be able to accurately detect how hot the water is getting, bringing it to a boil. Boiling water will cause steam to accumulate inside the tank until enough pressure causes it to explode. Because of this, it is important to have regular checkups and maintenance of your water heater. If you find water accumulating around or near your water heater follow these steps:
- Determine where the leak is coming from: Not every puddle of water is from a leak. Water heaters and other pipes can cause condensation to drip on the floor. If you find water accumulating, clean it up and then regularly check to see if water is still dripping and from where. If a long time passes before you notice any form of moisture then it might not be a leak. If you discover that it is, in fact, a hot water heater leak causing the pool of water, try to find if the source is on the actual tank or a valve.
- Turn off the power and water supply: If you have an electric water heater located near the circuit breaker, switch it off. If you have a gas water heater look for an on/off switch or a dial. Once the power is off, cut the cold water supply through the lever or dial above the tank.
- Contact a specialist for repair or replacement: A water heater leak is an issue that should not be brushed off. After the water heater’s water supply has been turned off, you should contact a professional to repair or replace the tank. If there is severe flooding around the water heater, do not go into the water. It is possible to receive severe burns from hot leaking water or even electrocution if the water has reached power outlets or exposed wires. Instead, call a specialist immediately.