Here’s What to Do When Your Water Heater Leaks

A leaking hot water heater can turn into a significant source of water damage for your home. If your water heater is leaking, it’s important to call your plumber right away, so the appropriate repairs can be made in order to contain any potential damage. In addition to calling your plumber, here are some steps you can take.

Turn the Power Supply Off

While you’re waiting for your plumber to arrive, disconnect the power source for your water heater. Typically, if you have an electric water heater, the easiest way to turn off the power is to flip the appropriate breaker in your circuit box. If you have a gas water heater, the unit itself should have an on/off switch. Turn the switch to off. This is a better strategy than turning off the gas at the shut-off valve. It is not always easy to determine if a shut-off valve is in the right position to completely stop the gas supply, which could allow the heater to still receive power.

Turn Off the Water Supply

Turning off the water supply won’t necessarily instantly stop the leak if it is coming from inside the tank itself, but it could reduce the amount of available water that can be leaked. Be sure you shut the water supply off at the cold-water valve, and don’t attempt to do so if you can’t reach it without coming into contact with hot water from the tank. Water from the tank may be hot enough to cause first-degree burns on contact.

Discuss Repairs or Replacement with Your Plumber

The decision to repair or replace your water heater depends on several factors, including the source of the leak. Generally, if the leak is coming from the tank, you will need a new water hater, while valve leaks can often be repaired.

Contact All Plumbing, Inc. if you have a problem with a water heater. In addition to emergency plumbing services in Arlington, VA, we offer water heater repair and replacement services. Dial (703) 525-7973 for more information.

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