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What to Do When You Have a Water Heater Leak? 
September 19 / 2022

What to Do When You Have a Water Heater Leak? 

If you have a water heater leak, you should address it before calling a plumber or waiting for them to arrive. Rooter Hero Plumbing knows how critical routine maintenance is and how a water heater repair is sometimes needed. Water heaters don’t last forever, so you will likely have a problem at some point. These steps will help you understand what to do. 

Stay On Top of Routine Maintenance

The first thing you should do when you have a water heater leak is staying on top of your routine maintenance. This will help keep your water heater in good shape, so it doesn't experience any issues in the future. If you have an older model, you must get it fixed immediately because those types of leaks can lead to more significant problems down the road if they're not attended to immediately.

If there are any signs of rust or corrosion, this could mean a problem with your plumbing system and that it needs to be repaired as soon as possible before something serious happens. Rooter Hero Plumbing can come out and assess the situation for you so they can provide you with options for how best to move forward with a water heater repair.

Do a Mini-Flush of Your Water Heater

If your water heater is leaking from the bottom, chances are that sediment has built up inside and needs to be flushed out. You can do this by turning off the power supply and opening the valve at the bottom of the tank. Next, turn on cold water for about ten minutes until you see steam escaping from under the tank and hear gurgling noises from inside the unit. Then turn off all faucets in your house and close the valve on the bottom of your tank again.

Test the Temperature and Pressure Valve

The temperature and pressure valve on your water heater has two purposes: it regulates the hot water temperature and prevents damage by relieving excess pressure in the tank. If this leaks, it will cause a steady stream of water to come out of your faucet. The first thing you should do when you notice this kind of leak is turn off the power supply and the water supply at both ends. Then test the temperature and pressure valve by turning down the thermostat to 120 degrees Fahrenheit (49 degrees Celsius) before turning on both valves again. You should see no more water coming out at this point because there should be no pressure built up inside the tank.

Turn Off the Power Supply

The first step is to turn off the power supply to your water heater. This will prevent further damage while you are repairing the leak. You will want to ensure everyone knows there is a problem with the water heater, and they need to use other water sources until it's fixed. If they keep using it without turning off the electricity, they could cause more damage and shock themselves!

Turn Off the Water Supply

The next step is turning off the water supply into the water heater. This will prevent any further damage from being done while you are repairing the leak. You'll also want to ensure everyone knows there is a problem with the water heater and that they need to use other water sources until it's fixed. If they keep using it without turning off the electricity or water supply, they could cause more damage or even shock themselves from an electric shock!

Rooter Hero Plumbing

Given the potential hazards and damage caused by a water heater leaking, you should always treat this situation as an emergency and contact Rooter Hero Plumbing. Immediately turn off the power and the water supply to your water heater before taking any other steps, and then call us to assess the situation further. Hopefully, you will catch it early enough for us to perform a water heater repair without much trouble. Either way, it's not an experience you'll likely forget anytime soon.