What to Do If Your Water Heater is Leaking

Is your dishwater running cold? Are your showers a bitter chill instead of a comforting warmth? Then you may have a problem with your water heater. If you’re not getting the hot water you’re supposed to be, you’ll be inclined to check on the water heater yourself. So what do you do when the inconvenience of a lack of hot water is revealed to be something much more drastic? Here’s a scenario for you: You’re going to check on your water heater because something isn’t right, and what you find is a wet mess surrounding it. 


At a glance, it appears your water heater is leaking, and possibly it has been for some time, and now it’s just gotten to a very noticeable point. When your water heater is leaking it’s important to have some idea of where to start, and today United Water Restoration Group of Houston would like to take this time to guide you through a general idea of what you’ll be dealing with, and what your options are.

Tracking The Leak

When trying to pin down the source of why your water heater is leaking, you’ll want to visually inspect it beginning from water supply lines at the top and then slowly working your way down. Starting at the water supply lines rather than the water heater itself may seem like a peculiar place to start, but surprisingly there are many times where people think a water heater is leaking only to find out the problem is in the supply lines itself. Work your way down from top to bottom, being careful to inspect everything from the water heater nipples to the pressure release valve for signs of a leak. Pay special attention to the drain line and the tank itself as you do so.


It’s important to exercise caution when working around a hot water heater, do not attempt to disassemble anything. You’re trying to find the cause of why your water heater is leaking, as such this is mostly a visual inspection. 


Trying to take things apart could result in a bigger mess to clean up, or even personal injury. Once you’ve found the source of the leak you’ll have to determine if it’s a quick fix, or if you’ll need a full water heater replacement. However, you may still have the lingering issue of water damage to address.

Water Damage? Call Us Now

When you’ve found the cause behind why your water heater is leaking, you still have the lingering issue of water damage to address. There’s a high chance that the leaking water heater has caused at least some damage to your property, and if that’s the case you’re going to want professionals on the job to conduct water damage restoration. 

United Water Restoration Group of Houston has the team for the job, and if you need our services you can contact us at (832) 957-7623. Don’t delay, contact us today!

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