Do You Have A Water Heater Leak?

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Water Heater Leak

Signs Your Water Heater is Leaking

You think your water heater is leaking, but you’re not sure what to do about it. How can you tell if your water heater is leaking?

Common signs of a leaking water heater

  • Water at the bottom of your water heater or around the base of your water heater tank is discolored, rusty, brown, or black. Discoloration may be caused by a build-up of sediments and mineral deposits.
  • There’s an odd odor coming from your water heater.
  • You hear gurgling sounds from the water heater or plumbing system pipes after using water in your sink, bathtub, shower, or toilet.
  • Inconsistent water temperature in your faucets.
  • Running out of hot water very quickly.
  • Your water bill has increased dramatically compared to last month, and you can’t explain it.

If you are experiencing any of the above issues, then you should call Rescue Plumbing right away to run a full analysis of your water heater.

The Most Common Problem That Causes A Water Heater Leak

The most common service calls we receive at Rescue Plumbing concern a leaking water heater.

Temperature & Pressure relief valve

Did you know that all water heaters by law have to include a Temperature & Pressure (T&P) valve?

T&P valves will leak to release pressure. Pressure must be managed so that the water heater does not explode.

Sometimes, the inner components of old T&P valves wear out. It’s an easy fix for Rescue Plumbing to replace a leaking T&P valve. 

Leaking water heater pipes

The pipes above a water heater may leak on occasion. Usually, those water pipes can be easily replaced. 

What causes a water tank to leak?

There is no other option but to replace the water heater when it begins to leak from the water heater tank.

So, what exactly causes a water tank to leak? Most people do not know this but all water tanks require a yearly maintenance flush. 

Why your water heater needs a yearly maintenance flush

A yearly maintenance flush is necessary to remove all the sediments and minerals that accumulate within your water heater over time.

We estimate that every year a water heater’s tank accumulates three or four pounds of sediment and minerals. 

You can significantly increase the life span of your water heater by performing a yearly maintenance flush and removing the sediments and minerals.

What happens when you don’t flush your water heater?

If you do not flush the sediment, mineral deposits will form. For example, imagine what would happen if you boiled a pot of rocks on your stove for years on end. 

Eventually, the rocks would eat through that pan because of constant movement. The boiling rocks analogy is very similar to what causes water heaters to leak through the tank. 

Rescue Plumbing – Rescuing Homes from Water Heaters in Distress

We’ve all been there… you turn on your water to take a shower and nothing comes out. Maybe you have an old leaky faucet, or perhaps it’s time for some new pipes. Most likely, the cause is a busted hot water heater.

A leaking water heater can result in more than $1,000 in unnecessary energy costs per year. And these costs do not even include the amount you will eventually have to spend on repairs. If you wait too long to repair a leaking water heater, the problem will only get worse as the leaks expand and cause bigger issues like mold growth and structural damage to your home.

If any of this sounds familiar to you, then call Rescue Plumbing at (773) 799-8848 right away so we can help fix your broken tank before things get worse!

Whether it’s a small water heater tank leak or a big water heater tank leak, Rescue Plumbing will solve it.

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Frequently Asked Questions

You have questions, the Rescue Team has answers.

You can maintain your water heater by performing a yearly maintenance flush and removing those three to four pounds of sediments that accumulate in the water heater each year. You can increase the life span of your water heater by maintaining it regularly.

Your water heater should have a T&P valve that will relieve pressure so that the water heater does not explode. 

Indications that your water heater is leaking include discoloration at the base of the water heater tank, an odd odor, gurgling sounds from the water heater or pipes, inconsistent water temperature, a low volume of hot water, or a dramatic increase in utility costs.


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