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3 Steps To Take After a Water Heater Leak

11/23/2020 (Permalink)

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Three Steps To Deal With A Leaking Water Heater

Water heaters process as much as 50 gallons of water per day. The size of the appliance determines how much water is stored in the tank. If a tank is faulty or rusts, it may leak water in the area surrounding a heater. Homeowners should take these three steps to deal with a leaking water heater at a household in Ebensburg, PA .

1. Limit the Spread of Water
A water heater may have a 50-gallon or larger tank, which can cause significant water damage. Damming up water can limit the spread of damage, as can using a mop and buckets, a wet vac or other household extraction equipment. Once the tank is empty, the appliance can be repaired or replaced.

2. Empty the Tank
To drain a water heater tank, a homeowner should shut off the supply of water and either electricity or gas to the appliance as soon as possible. Water in a broken water heater tank can stay hot for hours, so damage restoration experts recommend waiting overnight before draining it. Connect a hose to the drain valve and open a hot water tap to release pressure. Allow water to drain out of the leaking water heater.

3. Arrange for Repair or Replacement
A failed water heater or an appliance with a rusted tank may need to be replaced. Appliance experts and plumbers can recommend a new water heater for a household-based on occupancy and water usage. It may also be possible to fix some problems that cause leaks.
Water released by a water heater tends to be clean. Still, it is important to eliminate the source of a leak before drying the area. Mold may form around a leaking water heater, particularly if the area does not experience heavy traffic. Fixing a leaky water heater may require contacting appliance repair or plumbing specialists in Ebensburg, PA.

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