Water heaters perform a vital function in any household. Hot water is used for cooking, cleaning, bathing, and more. So you need it to be long-lasting. But even the best ones sometimes show signs of leakage. If you are suspecting that your heater is leaking then it’s a serious issue.
By following our simple tips from P&L plumbing services, you can protect your home from such damage easily. These will help you to decrease the chances of having leaky water heater issues and provide info on when to call a professional from P&L Plumbing Services.
Determine the source of the leak
A puddle under the base of your water heater is not necessarily an indication of leakage. Condensation around the hot water heater drips with time and causes puddles. Apart from the water heater, the water softener discharge line, furnace drain lines, and other pipes connected to the water heater can leak as well. So the first step is to determine the source of the leakage.
Turn Off The Power Supply
Before doing any maintenance job, turn off the power supply of your water heater. If your water heater is electric, locate the circuit breaker and switch off the breaker. Electricity and water are a deadly combination together so turning off the power is essential. A gas water heater has an on/off switch or a dial on the tank, make sure to turn that off before proceeding.
Turn Off The Water Supply
For obvious leaks, turn off the water supply at the cold water shut-off valve. Most of the water heaters have valves at the top. Coldwater shut-off valves either have a handle or pull-down or gate-valve. Don’t try to close the valve if you can’t reach it safely. Larger leaks that disable from reaching the valve safely will require you to locate the main shut-off valve in your home. Shutting this off will stop the leak entirely or slow it down.
Repair Or Replacement Of Water Heater
Once you have found out the source, you need to decide whether you want to repair or replace your water heater. Otherwise, it won’t stop leaking by yourself. Many parts are easy to replace by yourself, but if you don’t want to take the hassle, just give a call to P&L Plumbing Services. We will take care of it for you.
When To Call For A Professional
Here’s how you can figure out whether you can finish the job by yourself or need professional help.
- It’s time to call for a professional if your inlet valve of cold water is leaking and don’t stop after tightening the nut.
- If the pipe fitting is leaking and became loose with signs of corrosion and rust in the pipe is present, then it’s high time to call for a professional.
- Call for a professional if the temperature and pressure valve is leaking at the base.
- If there is leakage from the pipe attached to the T&P relief valve and also from the open end of the pipe, it’s time to call for professional help. Cause there is most likely too much pressure in the water heater or water is too hot.
- Water is bubbling and leaking from the anode port. This could mean your water heater is about to burst.
So contact P&L Plumbing Services as soon as these signs appear. We will end all the problems that are troubling you regarding water heaters.
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