Plumbing Tips from an Avid DIY-er

What To Do If Your Hot Water Heater Has A Leak

Hot water heaters typically require little consideration from home owners, as they do their job efficiently and without much need for maintenance. However, if your hot water heater has suddenly had a leak develop, it's important to know how to proceed. Follow this simple guide to ensure your safety and to get the fix that you need.

Turn Off the Heat

The first thing you should do is to turn off the heat to the water heater.

The water that is stored in a water heater is extremely hot — much hotter than what comes out of your pipes, as some of the heat is lost as it travels up the pipe to your faucet. For this reason, you should stay away from your water heater until it cools down.

To kill the heat, you'll need to turn off the gas or electricity, depending upon which one your heater uses. Follow your energy supplier's directions to turn off the gas or electricity safely.

Turn off the Water

Next, you'll want to shut off the water to prevent the leak from wasting water and potentially flooding your home. This can usually be done outside of the house at the water main. Simply turn the knob until you stop hearing water hissing through the pipes.

Once your water heater has cooled down, you can shut off the water at the water heater itself and then turn the water main back on. This will prevent you from having to go without running water until you can get help.

Call a Plumber

Your last step is to call a plumber. Water heater repairs are typically difficult, and due to the dangerous nature of them being so hot, it's not a great idea for the average homeowner to try and fix it themselves. To top that off, many water heaters have warranties that are voided if anyone other than a licensed technician works on them.

The good news is, your water heater may have a warranty that will help to cover the cost of repairing it. If you aren't sure if you have a warranty, let your plumber take a look; there may be documentation attached to your water heater that will provide the information you need.

Water heater leaks are rare, but when they happen, they're a huge nuisance. Remember to keep your distance while the water is hot and to be careful not to slip and fall on the leaked water. Let your plumber take care of this for you.

For more information, contact companies such as Marcum Plumbing Services, Inc.