Leaking water heater

How To Fix A Leaking Water Heater

A water heater is an essential equipment in your home that provides comfort. Thanks to the one who made it, we won’t freeze from the cold water in winter. Though a water heater can last long, it can get broken and will start to leak.

A leak from your water heater might seem little and in most cases, the leak is normally ignored.  But your leaking water heater can cause water damage to your wall, flooring, and sub-flooring. Don’t wait for the water heater to cause catastrophe to your home. Act fast.

Why Is There A Leak From Your Water Heater

There are many reasons why your water heater starts leaking, and knowing what is causing your water heater to leak can help you resolve the issue right away. A water heater can leak for several reasons.

1. Loose Drain Valve

A loose drain valve is the most common reason why your water heater is leaking. This problem can be fixed by tightening the valve with a wrench. Be careful not to overtighten the drain and not to force it to get tightened.

2. High Pressure

When the tank builds up high pressure inside, your water heater might start to leak. To lessen the pressure inside the tank, the excess pressure will drive the water to leak out. This happens when you set a high temperature on hot water. Fixing this problem can be very risky. So, call a professional to properly check and resolve the issue.

3. Aging Tank

A water heater, when it comes to the end of its life cycle, can become rusted and corroded. When corrosion takes its toll, the water will begin to leak from the tank. In this case, your water heater needs to be replaced immediately, or else you will end up seeing water flooding through your home.

4. Storage Tank is Cracked

The minerals from the water can get hardened and become accumulated inside the storage tank. This is the reason why the glass lining (inside your storage tank) gets cracked and causing a water leak. Another reason that your storage tank gets cracked is the expansion in the glass lining. Glass lining expanded when water is heated.

Unfortunately, the glass lining inside your tank cannot be repaired. Your only solution is to replace your water heater. 

Now, What To Do When Your Water Heater Starts Leaking?

It is important to take immediate action with a leaking water heater. Doing so can help you save money from excessive water damage repairs and can keep you and your family safe from all the damage water can bring to your home, including mold and mildew growth.

1. Turn off the water supply valve

If you notice a leak from your water heater, the first thing that you have to do is to turn off the water supply valve. In most water heaters, the valve is located above the water heater.

If the leak is extreme, then you might need to turn off the main shut off valve. Turning off the main water valve will stop the water from coming in your entire home.

If you are still unsure of the location of the leak, you should turn on the water supply again. 

2. Turn off the Power supply of your Water Heater

A water heater comes in two forms, an electric water heater, and a gas water heater.

If you are using an electric water heater, you can turn off its power supply by shutting down the power at the breaker. Flip off the breaker.

If you are dealing with a gas water heater, you should find an on/off switch or a dial on the gas line leading to the tank. Set it off. If you are having difficulty finding the button, you may check the manuals for its visual illustration of a gas water heater shut off valve.

3. Determine the location of the leak

Now that you have turned off the water and power supply, you can now assess the location of the leak. Here are some of the locations you can check in your water heater

  • Inlet and Outlet connections – check whether the fittings are loose or not. If they are, tighten it with a pipe wrench.
  • Check the pressure relief valve
  • Inspect the bottom of your water heater
  • Check the drain valve

4. Repair or replace

A leak from a water heater is a serious problem and needs to be resolved immediately. Remember that your water heater comes with pressure and hot water, which are extremely dangerous.  You may opt to repair or replace the problem on your own, but it is still best to call a professional in fixing the problem. 

What if Water Heater Has Damaged Your Home?

In this case, it is highly recommended seeking a certified water damage restoration company.

We, at Superior Restoration, can help you with this problem. A team of well-trained and experienced professionals will help you with your needs. We understand the danger water damage can bring to you, your family and your home. You can trust us. Call us now.

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Salvaging Water Damaged Carpet

Water damage leads to other damages in the home including the carpet. Carpet is one of the most common and trendy floorings we can see in many homes. It also provides safety to the people living in the house most especially to children. However, water damage in the carpet is also difficult to handle.  Cleaning and drying water damaged carpet takes a lot of work and effort. It can be done by homeowners provided they have the proper tools and equipment to do it. 

Is the Water Damaged Carpet Salvageable or Not?

Here are some things to consider before drying a carpet after water damage

1. Age of the Carpet

If the carpet is already old, water weakens it. Old carpet is difficult to save because the water will most likely damage the backings. When the carpet is old, usually the backing deteriorates or even pull away from the carpeting. If the carpet is old, it is better to replace it with a new one. 

2. The degree of the damage

Salvaging carpet depends on the degree of damage involved. It is difficult to dry carpet when it already absorbed much water. If the water sat for a long time, it might be difficult to handle.

3. The source of the water

There are three types of water that may damage the carpet. Clean water sources such as tap water and broken water line do not pose any harm. But don’t let the water sit on the carpet for a long time. On the other hand, flood water contains contaminants and you need help from a professional to salvage your carpet. They not only dry your carpet but clean it thoroughly using special equipment. 

Drying a Water Damaged Carpet

Here are some things we need to do to dry the carpet. 

1. Remove the Standing Water

It is better to remove the standing water as soon as you can to avoid the growth of mold and other damages. You may need to use a pump to extract the water. You can easily rent pump equipment and rental companies usually recommend which pump is best depending on your situation. 

2. Extract the excess water 

You can use a wet vacuum to extract the excess water from the carpet. It takes time to remove the excess water using this method so it also requires your patience and hard work. 

3. Move the wet carpet from the floor. 

Moving the wet carpet from the floor will prevent more damage. To remove the carpet, carefully pull it away. Avoid using too much force to keep the carpet intact. 

4. Replace carpet padding with a new one. 

Carpet padding is like a sponge which absorbs a lot of water. If you will use it again, it will be damp and develop mildew and molds. Once you remove the carpet padding, dispose of it immediately. 

5. Dry the carpet and the flooring. 

Completely drying the carpet takes time. It depends on your tools and the temperature. Use a high powered blower, fans, and dehumidifier to help in the drying process. 

6. Sanitize your carpet.

Bacteria thrive in the wet and damp area. It is necessary to sanitize an area to remove germs and bacteria and to stop their growth. Use antimicrobial and antibacterial carpet cleaner to sanitize your carpet. 

7. Dry your carpet completely.

After sanitizing your carpet, it is important to dry it one more time. Once completely dry, you should not see any sign of mold. 

 

Call a Water Damage Professional 

Drying a carpet is doable but requires effort and time. If your carpet has severe damage, it is necessary to let a professional handle the situation so that they can assess the extent of the damage and do appropriate steps to fully remove all the water and let your carpet gets back to normal. Trust Superior Restoration & Shamrock Cleaning for all your water damaged carpet needs!