Leaky Water Heater: What to Expect
Leaky water heater causes
A water heater isn’t made to last forever. Routine maintenance is the best way to prevent a leaky water heater. The typical lifespan of this equipment is 10-12 years. If the unit is inspected on at least every two years, you’re prolonging its lifespan. During a water heater inspection, the anode rod is checked. A technician will also check on the valves, including the shut-off and relief valves. If you have especially hard or acidic water, the water heater should be checked every year. “Hard” water contains minerals that build up and accumulate in the bottom of the tank. “Acidic” water means that the chemical balance of the water (pH) is off. It makes the water very harsh and it begins to eat away at the metal of the water heater. This is usually when you wind up with a leaky water heater.
What you should do
As soon as you notice signs of a leaky water heater, you should locate the shut-off valve on your water heater. It will either be a turn-style valve or a lever valve. You should also shut off the gas or the electricity to it, depending on what type you have. If you are unsure how to locate any of the above, please call a licensed plumber immediately. At the same time, book an appointment to have your water heater replaced.
What to expect from your plumber
I can’t speak for every plumber or plumbing company, but I can tell you what you can expect from our technicians. Before the appointment, you will be asked whether your unit is gas or electric. You will also be asked where your water heater is located, such as in the basement or in a closet. This information helps our technician to work as effectively as possible to restore your hot water. Please have the area cleared of any obstructions. The leaky water heater will be drained, the new one installed and the old one disposed of. You won’t have to deal with any of the hassle!
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