Water Heater Leaking From Bottom

While your water heater is constantly supplying you with hot water in the morning, your water is supplying the ground with water as well. Which means that it’s leaking. You don’t know why, but there are a lot of reasons why water heaters leak.

One of the most common reasons of water heater leakage is a loose drain valve. There must have been something done improperly  while installing the unit. Pressure can also have a contribution to water heater leakage. For this, an experienced and licensed plumber will need to do the repair because doing it yourself can be dangerous.

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Water heaters commonly last around 8 to 13 years, especially for tank-style water heaters. Once water heaters start leaking from the bottom, one of the major causes of leakage can be due to the tank’s age. Over the years, sediments have been piling up the bottom of the tank. Also, the tank could be rusty to the point that it started to  leak.

Unfortunately, even the most experienced plumber will advise you to change your water heater. This is something that they can no longer fix. Fixing the old water heater can incur more damage in the future. The best solution for this kind of instance is to replace the water heater with a new one. Replacing the water heater might sound like a tricky job. It could be, but luckily there are steps that you can take to safely take out the tank and replace it:

  1. First, you have to turn off the water supply. This includes turning off the power that runs the water heater.
  2. Wait for the water heater to drain all of the water. You can put on a hose and attach it to the drain valve to avoid a messy drain process.
  3. After the water heater has emptied its water, unplug all the lines and pipes connected to the water heater. This includes the wirings from the power supply. Remove the water heater from its position.
  4. Once removed, cleaning the area is the next step. Make sure that the surface is dry and water-free. Place the new water heater and reconnect all the wirings and the pipes. You can ask for help in doing these. For gas water heaters, make sure that the gas line joints. If there is a presence of bubbles, gas joints are loose and must be secured tight.
  5. Turn on the power source and start filling the tank with water. For gas water heaters, make sure to ignite the pilot light. The temperature must be set at 120-degrees Fahrenheit. Now your water heater is ready to supply hot water.

Water heaters are delicate units that have so many benefits.  Checking any leakage from the bottom of the water tank can help you anticipate whether or not  you will need a new water heater. Also, this can help you conserve water. A simple leakage from your water heater is a loss in itself. Water during these times is precious.



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