Water Heater Leaks Can Lead to Serious Water Damage If Left Undetected

Because water heaters are usually located in out-of-the-way places within a home, water heater leaks may go unnoticed. Nevertheless, a leaky water heater can be the source of many problems. Continuous dripping can gradually saturate the sub-flooring or adjacent walls. It’s also an ongoing source of moisture that triggers toxic mold growth. In addition, minor water heater leaks may indicate a corroded tank on the brink of major failure that can cause more widespread water damage.

water heater leakThe usual suspects for water heater leaks include:

  • Cold water and hot water connections – Inlet/outlet pipe connections on top of the heater may be soldered or threaded. If leakage is noted at a threaded connection, tightening it with a pipe wrench may stop it. If you notice leakage from soldered joints, you’ll need a professional plumber to make the fix.
  • Temperature and pressure relief valve – On the side of the tank, a spring-loaded valve opens and closes automatically if water heater temperature and pressure become excessive. Briefly lift the valve handle until water spurts into the drain tube, then let the handle snap shut again. If the valve continues to dribble, you’ll need a plumber.
  • Drain valve leaks – At the bottom of the tank, a faucet-style valve allows the tank to be drained. Make sure the valve is tightly closed. If leakage continues, open the valve and drain a gallon of water into a bucket to flush sediment out of the valve, then close it again. No improvement? Call professional help.
  • Tank failure – Leakage from the bottom of the tank, often heard dripping and sizzling on the burner, is a sign of impending tank failure. Turn off the gas valve and the inlet and outlet water valves and call a plumber.

For damage caused by water heater leaks, contact the professionals at Rytech Inc. today.

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