Rainforest Plumbing & Air replaces water heaters that leak.
Once your water heater begins to leak at the bottom, there is only one way to fix it -- replace it!
Water heaters that leak (from the tank) are broken beyond repair. You cannot patch a leaking water heater when it is leaking from the tank. Water heater tank leaks are an indication that it's time to replace the water heater.
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Once the water is turned off to the home or at least above the water heater, the first emergency is almost over. Of course, there is the problem that you don't have hot water. That is a minor problem compared to the flood damage you could have experienced if you hadn't noticed the leak so soon.
If you weren't so lucky, and your water heater has leaked all over the garage or inside the house, you must turn off the water pressure to the home right away. This can be done at three possible locations:
1. At the water meter box (this requires a water meter key or a crescent wrench)
2. At the first valve outside where the water enters the house or commercial building
3. At the valve above the water heater
If you are able to use the ball valve above the water heater, you will still have water to the rest of the home. This way, you can wash dishes or at least take a cold shower.
With the water off to the home, you have partially solved the potential flooding problem. You no longer have new water entering into the water heater but there is the matter of the existing water in the water heater tank. Water will continue to drain from the water heater tank until it is empty. This will cause continued flooding which will damage wood floors, carpet and drywall.
After you turn the water off to the home, next you will need to find a garden hose and connect it to the hose bib at the bottom of the water heater. Run the hose outside the building, preferably going down hill. The hose should be straightened out so the water will flow down the driveway or into the yard. Once this is done, you will notice that water will begin to flow. Leave the hose connected until all the water is removed from the water heater tank.
While your water heater is draining, make an easy phone call to us to get a plumber on his way. A professional plumber will be able to select the right water heater replacement for your home.
Don't forget that this is an opportunity to upgrade your water heater. If it is too small, you may be able to increase the size of the tank to accommodate the hot water needs of your family or commercial property. A good water heater will last for 5-6 years which is what the manufacturers warranty predicts. If your water heater is older than 5-6 years, it is one of the lucky ones and you've gotten bonus time!
Please give us a call. We would be happy to answer any of your water heater questions. All you have to do is ask and there is no obligation. Everything we do is up front so there will be no surprises!
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