Help my Hot Water Heater Tank is Leaking…
Water damage in your home or business can happen quickly and from many different sources. Some sources are external, such as heavy rain, but most the time we see flooding from internal sources such as a broken pipe or a hot water tank that is leaking. If your basement is finished, a leaking hot water tank can cause a great deal of property damage. The longer the problem goes unnoticed, often the greater the water damage.
Hot Water Heater Leaks
When a hot water heater tank leaks it often starts off with a slow leak that you may not notice for some time. Depending on where your water heater is located, this could cause extensive water damage and even mold problems. “If the water heater is located on the second floor, you could see severe drywall damage to ceilings and walls,” said Doug
, owner, and operator of Water Extraction Experts in Northern Colorado and Southeast Wyoming. “The sooner the leak is discovered and were called, our expert, certified water damage technicians can usually minimize damage and treat the areas to prevent mold growth.”
“We tell all our customers to take steps to help reduce the risk of water damage to their homes and businesses,” explained Matt Adlesperger owner and operator of Water Extraction Experts in Albuquerque and Santa Fe, New Mexico. “It’s important for homeowners to do inspections on their water heater at least every couple months and to also check out all pipes connected to the water heater.” Signs that there may be problems include moisture, mineral build-ups and signs of corrosion. “We also recommend for our customers to flush out their water heater every 6 months helping decrease sediment buildup,” said Matt.
Water heaters usually either leak from the top of the tank where the cold water line goes into the heater and the hot water line goes out or the bottom of the tank due to corrosion from mineral deposits. If your water heater is older (8-12 years) you may want to look into replacing it. “We usually see the most water leaks in older water heaters,” explained Doug.
Tips to decrease water damage due to leaking water heater:
- Frequently inspect water heater and pipes around the water heater.
- Regularly flush out the water heater.
- Replace your water heater every 8-12 years.
- If you notice your water heater is leaking, call us. Our expert, certified technicians can act fast to minimize water damage and mold.
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