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What Dangers Does a Leaking Water Heater Present?

Monday, June 13th, 2016 at 11:00 am

Water heaters are one of the most underappreciated appliances in one’s home, yet also one of the most important. Neglecting maintenance or repair needs can not only result in an inconvenience for you, but it can also be dangerous. Just like any other home comfort system, even though it is built to last, your water heater does need attention.

One of the most common water heater problems that homeowners experience is a leak.  In an ideal situation, this will be an easy-to-fix problem, but a problem you shouldn’t ignore nonetheless. A leaky water heater can indicate something as simple as condensation during cold temperatures, but could also be a sign of a corroded tank or loose valves. We’ve gone into detail about the dangers of a leaking water heater below.

Broken Heating Element

A damaged heating element can certainly cause your water heater to leak. If this is the case, then your water and power should be shut off so that a professional can come in a drain the water out of the tank in order to replace the gasket, if necessary. Do not attempt this fix on your own as it could cause more harm than good.

Home Damage

Water leaks have the ability to destroy your carpet, warp your floorboards, and even cause the development of illness-inducing mold and mildew. Water resting near or around your water heaters should be cleaned up thoroughly. Be sure to monitor any pooling water and keep the area as dry as possible until a professional can inspect.

Rusty Pipes

If the pipes that lead to and from your water heater become rusty, then they may corrode to the point that water leaks through them. Not only does this affect your water heater, it also means that your potable water has potentially been compromised by bacteria and chemicals.

Pressure Buildup

Albeit rare, a water pressure buildup in your water heater can lead to an explosion. In some cases, a leaking water heater may be indicative of water pressure building up until it has nowhere to go. This emergency can also occur if the water temperature is set too high or if the relieve valve is damaged or faulty.

For comprehensive water heater services in Dupont, WA, contact Brooks Plumbing Co. today. 

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