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Home Improvement  /  December 18, 2020

What to Do When Your Water Heater Is Leaking

Water heaters are essential in making your home more comfortable, especially during the chilly days of winter. Any problem in your heating system can be a huge inconvenience. Leaks are particularly troublesome because they can affect other parts of your home. Small leaks can easily transform into big problems if they are neglected.

 If your water heater is leaking, the water can damage your walls, floors and pipes. The damp environment the leak creates can also lead to mold growth. Our experts suggest taking the following steps to handle a leaky water heater.

The Power Supply

First, cut the power going to your water heater. Water leaks are dangerous on their own. You certainly don’t want to add electrical hazards into the mix. If your heater is gas-powered, you should find a valve or an on/off switch at the bottom of the tank to cut the gas supply off.

Turn Off the Water

Next, lessen the amount of leaking by turning off the water supply valve that feeds directly into the tank. Most water heater models have a switch or handle that turns off the cold water supply. This is usually located at the top of the tank. If you can’t locate this valve, you can temporarily turn off the water main for your whole house instead.

Call a Plumber

Plumbing problems are rarely solved with a DIY approach, especially if you’re dealing with leaks. It’s best to leave this job to a professional. Once power and water is shut off, contact your local plumber for an emergency service visit right away.

Keep Your System in Good Shape

Once the leakage is resolved, don’t forget to do regular maintenance on your water heater. Drain the tank at least twice a year, and periodically test the temperature-pressure release valve for any signs of a problem. Add this to your calendar so you always remember when your next water heater maintenance should be.

Don’t let a leaking water heater ruin your holidays. Get help from our plumbers at Handyman Connection® of Grapevine. Give us a call at (817) 527-3600, or fill out our contact form to request an estimate today.

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