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Have a Water Heater Leak? Here’s What to Do

A small water heater leak can quickly become a big problem. Damage to your floors, sub-flooring and walls can occur with even minor leaking – and damp, wet areas are the ideal environment for mold and mildew. The spores can grow within days, and an accumulation can cause further damage and lead to a host of health issues.

Furthermore, plumbing and appliance leaks only get worse over time. Eventually, leaking can cause the unit to completely fail, flooding your home and leaving you with huge repair bills.

If you have a water heater leak, addressing the problem now can save you from costly damage and stave off the health risk to your family. Here’s what you need to do.

Turn Off the Power Supply

Stopping the flow of power to your water heater is the first step.

If yours is an electric model, head to the electrical panel box and switch off the appropriate circuit breaker. If gas is the source of power for your unit, look for an on/off switch or dial near the bottom of the tank.

Turn Off the Water Supply

Next, you need to prevent any more water from flowing into the tank.

To do so, find and close the cold water shut-off valve at the top of the unit. For most models, closing the valve is as simple as pulling down a handle or turning a dial clockwise. If, however, you cannot safely reach the valve, locate and turn off your home’s main water shut-off valve.

Call a Plumbing Repair Service

To deal with a water heater leak, you need the expertise of a professional plumber.

Depending upon the severity and nature of the leak, you will either have to repair the unit or install a replacement. An experienced local plumber can evaluate the situation and determine the necessary course of action.

Remember Routine Maintenance

Whether you get repairs or install a new unit, regular maintenance is recommended.

If you’re handy, you can handle the tasks yourself. Simply drain the tank twice a year, and periodically test the temperature-pressure-relief (TPR) valve. But for a more thorough inspection – and to prolong the life of your water heater – you may want to leave the maintenance to a professional local plumber.

For expert advice and plumbing repair solutions in the greater Salt Lake City area, call on the professional team at American Plumbing Services.

Based in Provo, American Plumbing Services is a northern Utah industry leader. We have over ten years of experience completing plumbing repairs and installations for homeowners throughout Utah and Salt Lake Counties, and we’re known for quality workmanship, stellar customer service and fair, competitive pricing.

If you need help with a water heater leak or any other plumbing problem, contact American Plumbing Services for a free consultation today.