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Tips for Dealing With a Leaking Water Heater Until Help Arrives

6/24/2021 (Permalink)

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Dealing With A Leaking Water Heater

A broken water heater is a bad enough experience, leaving you with a cold shower and an inconvenient surprise for your day, but when you also have a leaking water heater, the experience is much worse. First, learn to recognize signs of trouble.

  • Loud rattling noise coming from the water heater
  • Lack of hot water
  • Visible signs of water around the heater tank, such as pooling or leaks
  • Water dripping from pipes or tank

As soon as you recognize any of these signs of a failed water heater, contact a Sleepy Hollow, IL, professional.

Shut Off the Water Supply

While your water for help to arrive, there are some steps you can take to minimize damages. First, locate the main water shut-off valve and look for the water heater shut-off valve near it. If you can't quickly locate the valve to the water heater, use the main valve to shut off the water to your entire home.

Turn Off the Water Heater

The next step is to turn off the water heater. Most of these appliances have shut-off instructions located on the tank or exterior of the heater. Usually, you'll find a black knob somewhere near the base of the heater.

Clear the Space Around the Water Heater

Finally, prepare for the professional to arrive. Whether your leaking water heater is powered by gas or electricity, the system is complicated and delicate. You'll put yourself, your family, and your home in danger if you try to handle the high levels of pressure and hot water. Instead, clear the space around the water heater, if it is cluttered and make sure the professional will have room to work.

Address Water Damages

If carpeting or furnishings have been affected by leaking water, turn your attention to preventing water damage. When professionals arrive, they may have further advice on how to prevent secondary damages due to the leaking water heater.

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