Most people know that when their water heater is leaking, it means bad news.
This minor nuisance can turn into a significant problem before you know it, so it is something that should be handled quickly and professionally.
A small trickle of water can be easily cleaned up with minimal damage to your floors. However, this small trickle will soon turn into a flood that will cause damage to your sub-floors and even dry-wall.
Therefore, it is of the utmost importance to quickly and effectively diagnose where the leak is coming from and how great the threat is of causing a more severe problem.
You may be able to determine yourself if the leak is
an easy repair, or if you require a brand new water heater.
Regardless of your findings, we recommend always contacting a licensed plumber to look at the issue and either fix the leak or replace your water heater altogether.
A plumber will look at two main areas to determine once and for all where the leak is coming from and how serious it is.
The first spot the plumber will check is the drain valve. This spigot is located at the bottom of the tank and is responsible for draining the sediment from the water heater. If this is the location of the leak, good news, your plumber will quickly be able to replace the drain valve for a relatively inexpensive cost.
Now, if the drain valve is not the source of the issue, you plumber will then inspect the tank itself. If the leak is coming from the bottom of the tank, it is not looking good for you.
The most likely scenario, in this case, is that sediment has built up and corroded the bottom of the tank causing a serious problem and the need for an entirely new water heater.
Although these are the two most common causes of a leaking water heater, they are not always the culprits.
Below is a list of the four most probable causes of a leak in your water heater.
You can inspect these areas yourself before contacting a plumber to give them an idea of what is wrong and what equipment they will most likely require to repair or replace your water tank.
Call a Licensed Plumber for Help
No matter the extent of damage caused by the leak or what you believe the issue with your water heater is, we always recommend that you call a professional and licensed plumber to double check the source of the leak and make necessary repairs or replacements.
A plumber can easily replace the leaking valve if that is the cause of the problem. Our professional plumbing company in greater Atlanta can also replace your water heater and haul away your old one to be recycled safely.
Those are just some of the added benefits of trusting this type of job to the professionals.
So if your water heater is leaking and you need a plumber, call Assured Comfort now!