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.
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.
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.
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:
Locally owned and operated in Gainesville, FL, Maven Construction Group is a licensed general contractor, Angie’s List Certified Contractor, and is accredited and A-rated by the Better Business Bureau. Maven has delivered the best damage restoration and reconstruction services in North Florida for more than 15 years.Certified General Contractor Lic # CGC1519003 Certified Mold Remediation Lic # MRSR2344