What to do if Your Water Heater is Leaking

Posted by fosterpandh on June 27, 2014, at 1:20 pm

If you think that your water heater is leaking, it is important to take a moment and evaluate the situation. If your water heater is leaking, it is definitely not something that is going to fix itself. In fact, this type of problem can quickly escalate into a major repair issue if not handled immediately. Leaking water can damage floors, walls and cause health related issues, such as mold and mildew.

Of course, just because you find water near the base of your water heater is not necessarily an indication that your water heater is actually the cause of the leaking water. The pipes surrounding your water heater or even other nearby equipment, might simply have formed condensation which has dripped to the floor causing the puddle. Take a minute to examine the source of the problem to see if it is your water heater leaking or something else.

If you discover that it is your water heater leaking, turn off the power supply to the water heater. If you have a gas water heater, there should be an on/off dial or switch. If your water heater is electric, you can simply locate the appropriate circuit breaker and switch it to the off position.

When your water heater is leaking a significant amount of water, be sure to turn off the water supply. There should be a valve on the top of the water heater so that you can turn off the water supply. If your water heater is leaking to the point where you cannot safely get to the turn-off valve, you will need to turn off the water at the main shut off valve for your house. Once you have any leaking water safely under control. You can contact a plumber in order to get your water heater fixed.

At Foster Plumbing & Heating, we offer professional plumbing services for residents throughout Central Virginia. Whether you need a new sink installed or your water heater is leaking, our licensed plumbers are ready to help. Give us a call today.

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