A water heater leak is a common plumbing issue for businesses and homeowners. If you see or suspect your water heater is leaking, it’s time to call a plumber. A professional and experienced plumber is the best choice to efficiently and properly repair a leaking water heater.
If you’ve determined the water is due to a leak and not condensation or would like help assessing the situation, call Moore’s Plumbing Mesquite. We provide quick, professional and reliable water heater leak plumbing repair services.
While your leaky heater may just seem like a minor drip, all that extra water can really add up. A leaking water heater can be a sign of more substantial plumbing issues. In addition, anytime there is a water leak, it can cause additional problems in your home.
Your first step to ensure your safety and further damage to your home is to turn off power to the water heater until your plumber arrives. For an electric unit, turn off the breaker to the water heater. If your water heater is run by gas, you would simply switch the unit to off.
Common Locations of A Water Heater Leak
A professional plumber will be able to assess the location of the leak and determine the best fix. Generally, water heater leaks are found in the following areas:
The Bottom Of The Tank - It is common for older hot water tanks to have a leak inside the tank itself. If the leak is coming from the bottom of your water heater, generally this signifies a leak inside the tank. Replacement of the water heater is the solution.
Temperature and Pressure Relief Valve - Overheating or extra pressure inside the tank can cause the temperature and pressure relief valve to open repeatedly, which can cause a leak. To determine if this is the cause, a plumber will lower the temperature on the unit’s thermostat and then turn water and power or gas back on to observe if the leak has stopped. If the leak continues, the issue could be a faulty valve. In this case they will flush the valve. If it continues to leak, a valve replacement will be needed.
Inlet & Outlet - There could be a loose connection at the connection points where the cold water inlet and hot water outlet pipes connect to the unit. If the leak is minor, all that might be needed is tightening the connection; however, a larger repair and assessment is required if the leak is more serious.
Drain Valve - The drain valve, located near the bottom of the tank can spring a leak if the valve is faulty or if there is debris inside the valve.
Moore’s Plumbing Mesquite offers free plumbing estimates. Give us a call at 972-342-3709. We can help determine the cause of your water heater leak and the best course of action to fix it.