You depend on the water heater in your home every day without even realizing it. It is also something you may not think to check until it is no longer working. If you find a leak, it is important to determine whether a repair or full replacement is necessary.
Reasons For Hot Water Leaks
There are many things that can cause a leaky hot water heater. The most common reasons for a damaged water heater include: faulty cold and hot water connections, a damaged drain valve, loose gaskets, and corrosion inside the tank.
Faulty Cold and Hot Water Connections
If the hot water tank leak is coming from the cold water supply or the hot water pipe, this issue can be easily fixed using a wrench depending on the pipe material. You can use a wrench on a flex pipe and tighten the connection like you would a garden hose. However, if you have copper lines, you need to call the professionals at Rooter Man because this will require soldering.
Loose Gaskets can be the reason you find water leaking from the outside of your electric water heater. To determine if this is the case, you will need to remove the hatch covers to access the gaskets. Make sure you turn off the power to the water heater before doing this. If there is leakage around the gaskets, the tank will need a full drain and removal of the electrical components.
Damaged Drain Valve
This usually causes puddles to form around your water heater. To fix this problem, the water tank will have to be flushed and cleaned of any buildup from around the valve. If the leaking continues, the drain valve needs to be replaced.
If you are having any issues with your water heater leaking, we highly recommend you contact us at Rooter Man. Repairing or replacing your water heater should always be done by a professional, both for safety and warranty purposes. Take advantage of our services and allow us to repair or replace your water heater so you can avoid further leaking and costly water damage.
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