If you happen to find water pooling up around the hot water heater in your home then it could be a very large problem that will possibly require a reputable and professional plumbing company to handle for you. A hot water heater leak at the bottom of the tank is the most common place where a leak can occur in hot water heaters and it is a cause for concern. In this guide we will over exactly what the cause could be and a step by step process on how to troubleshoot it. If you need assistance then consider getting in touch with Ben Franklin Plumbing and we will dispatch one of our professional and courteous plumbers to your home in order to diagnose and promptly fix your hot water heater.
Find Where the Hot Water Heater Leak is
If you have not already inspected where the leak is then there are three major areas on a hot water heater where leaks can typically occur. These three areas are from the temperature and pressure relief valve, drain valve and of course from the hot water heater tank itself. If you are not confident in what you are doing it is always best to hire professional Houston plumbers to do the work for you. Working around a hot water heater, especially if it is electric and leaking is dangerous and possibly even life threatening.
The Three Common Areas a Hot Water Heater Can Leak From
Temperature & Pressure Relief Valve – The purpose of this valve is to release water if there is too much pressure within the tank, or if the water inside the tank has become too hot. The valve comes equipped with a discharge tube that will run from the valve itself to the floor. The purpose of this tube is to ensure that if any water leaks from the valve then it will be safely guided downwards, towards the floor.]
In the event that there is a water puddle at the bottom of your tank, inspect the discharge tube for any water. If you find any water, then the most likely issue is the temperature and pressure relief valve. The valve may be faulty or there is too much pressure within the water tank. Your best option would be to get professional Houston plumbers to inspect it for you.
Drain Valve Leak – The drain valve is located at the bottom of the water heater tank. This valve’s purpose is to drain the tank and remove any sediment within it to prevent the sediment from building up and eventually causing damage to the inside of the tank. Whenever the valve becomes faulty, water will begin leaking from the valve and pooling up at the bottom of the tank. A leaking drain valve is easily fixed but if you are not sure what to do it is best to find a professional plumbing company to handle this for you.
Tank Leak – In most scenarios the water leak comes from the tank itself. In the situation that your water heater tank is leaking, there is an internal issue, and most likely one of the water heater components has broken down, causing water to slowly escape and pool up at the bottom of the water heater tank. The likely culprit behind this is that sediment may have built-up inside the tank and it has been in there long enough that it has begun to crack and rust the tank. If you are unsure you should seek out professional Houston plumbers to assess the tank and determine the problem.
Whenever a water heater’s tank is leaking, in most scenarios this will mean that the water heater itself will need to be replaced. If this is the case you will need to find reliable plumbing company to inspect this and they will let you know if you need a new hot water heater or not. Consider using Benjamin Franklin Plumbing® of Rosenberg.
Preventing Water Heater Leaks
Performing regular water heater maintenance will help extend the life of your hot water heater. If you are not familiar with how to maintain your hot water heater you should seek out professional service to handle this for you.
Prevent Further Water Damage
If you have located the source of the leak, then the next step is to turn off the water and power to your water heater to prevent further water damage. There should be a sticker located on your water heater explaining how to shut it down. However, if you cannot find the sticker then you can follow the steps outline below:
First you will need to turn off the power to the hot water heater.
Electric Water Heater – To turn off electric water heaters you will need to go to your main electric panel and shut it off from there. Electric water heaters should have their own dedicated 240 volt breaker so when you flip the switch it should not affect any other appliances in your home.
Gas Water Heater – To turn off a gas water heater there should be a dial located on the side of the tank near the bottom. Simply just turn the dial to the OFF position.
Turn Off the Water Supply
There will be a water supply inlet located at the top of your water heater. This is where the water enters the tank. It will either be a lever or a dial that is located on the inlet. To shut off the water supply, if it is a dial, you will turn the dial clockwise to cut off the water. If it is a lever then you will simply position it to the closed position which will typically be parallel to the pipe.
After determining the location of the leak and shutting off power and water to your water heater you will need to decide on what to do next. If you are uncertain of what to do or how to fix it then you will most definitely need to contact a professional plumbing company to further diagnose the problem.
Water heaters typically have a life expectancy of around 10 years, depending on the fuel source used to power the water heater. Depending on the age of your water heater, regardless of the source of the leak, it may be more cost-effective to look into replacing your old water heater with a newer, energy-efficient model. If you are uncertain of what should be looking for you can get professional assistance determine the best fit and size for your home.
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