A water heater leaking can be seen as a small, harmless nuisances but it can quickly turn into a serious and expensive problem if not taken care of. Water heaters and boilers are usually stored in areas where they are rarely seen such as basements, garages or utility closets, and it is easy to miss signs of leaking until it is too late. What starts off as a couple drops pooling on the ground can turn into water damage on the walls, floors and ceilings and even cause flooding that can be quite costly to your home or business. In severe cases, a faulty water heater can even burst causing immediate water damage and even potential harm to anyone nearby. Water damage isn’t the only thing to worry about with a water heater leak, excess moisture from it can lead to mold growth that can cause serious health issues. If you have a hot water tank leaking, contact our Gainesville water damage restoration company. We have the experience and tools to repair and prevent damage from leaks.
Common Causes of Water Heater Leaks
Water heater leaks occur most often from corroded tanks or worn out seals/gaskets. 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. Leaks on the actual tank will usually mean that the entire tank will have to be replaced and is more costly. Leaks from worn out seals or faulty drain valves are much simpler and relatively inexpensive repairs.
What to Do When Your Water Heater Bursts
In the case of a water heater burst, the entire tank will also need to be replaced. Bursts tend to occur when the tank’s thermostat is working 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 originating 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 locate the circuit breaker and 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.
Restoration Companies in Gainesville, FL
If your water heater is leaking or has burst and is causing water damage to your home, business, or property, contact Maven Construction Group today. We are trained and equipped to handle water heater issues and we provide restoration of water damage Gainesville, FL residents can trust. If a plumber is needed, we will provide one and will work with insurance companies to deliver accurate claims.