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.

cleaning a water damaged place before professionals arrive

Water Damage: What To do Before Professionals Arrive

Whatever the type of water damage is, the effect is always dreadful. Truly, water damage restoration professionals can fully mitigate the damage and bring back your property to its pre-loss condition. However, water damage needs to be handled right after you know that there is a problem. So, while waiting for the professionals to arrive on the site, you can do a few things to minimize the damage and prepare it for the restoration process. 

Water Damage Cleanup

Stay calm when you realize that water has damaged your property. There are a few easy things you can do to prevent your home for further damage. 

Assess Safety Before Entering 

Before starting with the cleanup process, make sure that your house is safe to enter. When an ample amount of water intrudes your home, chances are, your house compromised its structural integrity. If you can see that your walls are inclined and the roof is not fixed, do not attempt to enter your home. 

Moreover, water can ruin your electricity. Make sure to switch off the power and all the electricity to prevent danger.

Lastly, when floodwater is involved in the damage, make sure to wear protective gears (boots, gloves, mask, etc.). Flood water contains pathogens and bacteria that are harmful to your health. 

Turn off the water Source

If the cause of the damage is not because of the natural disaster, and it is due to burst pipes, find the location and turn it off immediately. When you are having difficulty finding the location of the leak, shut off your main water valve. But If you are still uncertain, you may ask a plumber or search it on the internet.

Air Out Water Damage Area

Airing out the area can help in reducing moisture and preventing mold to grow. Open up all your windows and allow air to circulate in the affected area. This can be a slow process of drying out but this can make the cleanup process easier. Remember that when moisture is present, mold will follow. Mold can grow as fast as it can when the perfect environment is available. Make sure to air out your room as fast as you can to prevent you from spending hundreds of dollars for mold removal services.

Vacuuming Standing Water

If it is safe to do, use a wet-dry vacuum in removing some amount of water. In most cases, this can help in saving water damaged carpet, floor and furniture. 

Using this type of vacuum (not the regular type of a vacuum cleaner) can help in preventing water to penetrate into porous surfaces. When water gets into these materials (like wood floors), it can begin to warp and buckle. And, it could result in a replacement. 

Use only a wet vac for minor water damaged areas. If the water in your property is more than one foot, let professionals remediate the water. Extracting an ample amount of water very soon can damage your home’s foundation. 

Understanding these steps can help you minimize the damage. But, make sure to call a water damage restoration company to fully mitigate whatever that was lost. 

What Water Damage Professionals will Do

Once the company receives your call, they will be on the site without delay. With them are extraction equipment and dehumidifying fans. The extraction equipment can be used in suctioning a large amount of water. The dehumidifying fans are used to bring the humidity levels back to normal and remove moisture from saturated materials. The team will make sure that the property is fully dry before they begin with the restoration. They will tackle every aspect of the restoration process, use advanced equipment and skills and bring your property back to its normal condition.

A water damage event can be very dreadful for a homeowner. Not only you get worried about the condition of your home, its quality of being liveable, but you also get worried about the cost of the repair and the time involved. A trusted water damage company will work efficiently to address all the issues in your damaged property. It might take some days or weeks, depending on the extent of the damage. However, a certified company will use every moment to make sure that the condition of your home is safe and liveable. 

 

Let Superior Restoration & Shamrock Cleaning Help You

Superior Restoration and Shamrock Cleaning fully understand your worries and we are here to help you. We can manage and assure you that you get the home you deserve at a reasonable price. 

Our professional staff acts fast and we are expert in mitigating water damage property. We will put all the effort to fully restore your home from the aftermath of any water events.

If you are in need of a trusted water damage company, please call our local Superior Restoration company today!