Water Heater Leaking may not seem like a big deal in the whole scheme of things, but it can quickly turn into a serious problem if you don't do anything to fix it. All it takes is just a little bit of water for mold to start growing, and the longer you leave a leak the more likely it becomes that the water will cause damage to your floors and walls. 

Before dealing with your water heater leak you need to take some safety precautions.

You'll need to shut off the power to your water heater before anything else. Electric water heaters can be shut off  at the circuit breaker. Gas water heaters have a handy "on/off" dial that you can just turn to "off".

If the leak is a big one then next on your to-do list is to shut off the cold water supply. Just remember any water leaking from your water heater may be extremely hot and can cause serious burns. The cold water shut-off valve if usually located above the tank. If you can’t reach the valve safely find the main water shut-off for your house and turn it off

If the water heater leak is a small one, and you have no idea where the water is coming from, consider leaving the the water on for now. This will help you find where the leak is coming from

Check the following locations:

·         The inlet and outlet pipes leading from the water heater

·         The temperature and pressure relief valve

·         The drain valve

·         The bottom of the tank

When you find the leak you can shut off the cold water supply. At this point it's best to call a professional plumber to assess the situation.

For more information, go to Water Heater Leaking Info.
06/29/2014 12:40am

I agree shut off the cold water supply and consulting professional plumber to assess the situation is a very good and safe step to be taken specially with the risk caused by the leaking.

06/05/2015 3:36pm

you can try to fix it your self! it will save you money there are some great resources on the web to help you with every step and with most water heaters.


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