While you may not spare it much thought, most people depend on their water heaters to take showers, wash dishes and clothes, and an array of other daily tasks. However, when the water heater leaks, your home or business may be susceptible to serious damage. If left unaddressed, a leaky water heater could rupture and flood your building.
If you suspect your water heater is leaking, contact the Gainesville plumbers at Quality Plumbing of Gainesville Inc. for reliable water heater leak and rupture remediation.
Quality Plumbing of Gainesville Inc. performs leak detection and repair services on water heaters in Florida. Our water heater plumbers inspect the unit thoroughly to pinpoint the leak’s source and repair any issues they find. When a water heater needs to be replaced, we can help you choose the best model based on your needs and preferences. Once you decide on a model, we can help you with the water heater installation. If a water heater does rupture, we will respond right away with 24-hour plumbing services.
Contact Quality Plumbing of Gainesville Inc. for service on a leaky or burst water heater today!
A leaking water heater can result from any number of causes that plumbing professionals look for during inspections. Typical issues may include:
The temperature and pressure (T&P) relief valve is a safety feature that releases pressure and excess water. It either sits in a basin or runs down a drain in the floor. This release of the water is standard to the water heater’s operation. It’s also normal for water droplets to trickle out of the valve on occasion. However, a continuous flow of water from the T&P relief valve indicates that the part is faulty, in which case, a plumber needs to intervene. Most of the time, it’s a simple matter of replacing the valve, though sometimes the issue isn’t actually the valve, and an expansion tank may need to be installed.
Water pressure in the supply pipes can force water to spray from pipes or create water heater leaks. Possible sources of the leaks include the connector for one of the supply pipes, the pipes themselves, or the water heater. The connector may leak because it’s loose, cross-threaded, or improperly fit. The pipes and water heater may leak because of disintegrating metal from mineral corrosion. However, it’s hard to know where the water is leaking from without a professional inspection. Plumbers can seal most leaks, but they may need to replace the fittings, pipes, or even the water heater if the leak is severe.
Many conventional storage-tank water heaters have a lifespan of about one decade. After ten years, hot water tank corrosion is likely to happen from built-up mineral sediment, causing a rupture from water pressure. The tank contents, which can be 50 gallons of water or more, then spill onto the floor. If the water is left standing, it can cause extensive water damage.
To protect against a water heater burst, you should upgrade a storage-tank water heater every few years. Newer systems are also more energy-efficient. Alternatively, you could make the switch to a tankless water heater, which has no risk of bursting. A plumber can advise you on a tankless water heater and perform the installation.
Plumbing emergencies don’t have to be handled alone! If a water heater ruptures, contact us day or night. A severe water heater leak could indicate that the tank is on the verge of bursting, which will require immediate service. While most minor leaks aren’t considered emergencies, be sure to call Quality Plumbing of Gainesville Inc. before the leak becomes more severe. In the meantime, use a bucket to collect the water droplets from any leak, and lay down a towel to keep the floor dry.