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Water Heater Failure

1/22/2020 (Permalink)

There are multiple ways that hot water heaters can leak.  If water is spraying or flooding from the pipes, there is likely a leak where the pipes are soldered or a rusted-out fitting that is near the hot water tank. If it is leaking from the tank itself, your tank could be corroded and may need replacing.

If water is dripping or pooling from the heater itself, it could potentially be coming from the pressure release valve. This valve is designed to leak water when it senses excess pressure from the pipes. If the valve isn’t faulty, the problem likely stems from the water pressure settings in your home or the temperature being set too high. When dealing with leaks from the hot water tank, it is important to remember that the water that comes out of the heater could be hot enough to scald skin.

A hot water heater can also fail, immediately leaking 120 gallons on your basement floor and continuously leaking on the floor of your basement.  Be sure to replace the anode rod regularly and maintain your hot water heater to prevent against these types of leaks.

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