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Fixing a Leaking Water Heater

9/9/2020 (Permalink)

Water heaters are an important feature in any household. So when they stop working, it can be a nightmare. If you feel it’s best to call a professional, then you should definitely do so! If you think you can handle it on your own, here are some helpful tips we found that might help.

  1. Always start by turning off the water. If something happens and the leak gets worse, you don’t want a heavy flow of water to lead to a flood.
  2. Always make sure that the water is actually coming from the water heater. If it isn’t, you don’t want to mess with a perfectly functioning tank and risk damaging it.
  3. You should flush your hot water heater regularly to remove sediment from the bottom. If when you do that, you find that the valve is leaking once you do the flush, you can replace the whole valve, or just the washer depending on the type of material it’s made out of
  4. You can stop the drip until you can fix the valve by using a garden hose end cap and pushing it onto the valve threads.
  5. Determine the cause of any leak you have to figure out how to properly fix it. Is there too much pressure? Cracks in the tank? Loose fixtures (as discussed above)? Once you know, you’ll be able to choose the right method to fix it.

It’s important to note that not all of these tips are going to help fix it every time. So if you ever get overwhelmed, call a professional. Remember, if your water heater leaks badly enough, you can count on us for the water mitigation and restoration of the area. We’re Here to Help®!

For information on how we can help, you can call us at:

SERVPRO® of North Central Tazewell County | 309-346-5600

SERVPRO® of Peoria | 309-637-7300

SERVPRO® of Galesburg and Macomb | 309-342-0073



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