While water heaters are built to last, even the best ones can leak. Water damage caused by leaking water heaters in Columbus can be detrimental, and many times begin as a slow leak that can go unnoticed for days until the problem becomes severe. As a home or business owner, there are some signs you should look for that could indicate your water heater may be on its last leg, and prone to leaks – as well as steps that can prevent leaks from turning into water damage.
It is important to know how old your water heater is. Most water heaters that are more than 10 years old should be considered for replacement, especially if it is in a location where it can cause damage to your home if it begins to leak. If you do not know the age of your water heater, you can find it by looking for the serial number on the manufacturers sticker (typically located in the upper portion of the water heater). You can use that serial number to contact the manufacturer to find out when the heater was manufactured.
The water heater is typically quite, but as sediment builds up on the bottom of the tank, it will eventually harden. Hardened sediment often makes a popping, rumbling, or banging sound. If you hear noises coming from your water heater, you need to get it serviced and possibly replaced before a leak springs as a result of the build up.
If you notice excess water around your water heater, that is a good sign that there is a leak or fracture in the tank that may not be severe yet but could get worse. Water around the base or pooled around the tank should not be ignored. If you cannot find the source, get your water heater checked right away.
If you notice rust forming around your tank, on the plumbing that leads to the water heater, around your washing machine, or coming from the pipes, check your water heater. Rust forming on the bottom of the water heater is a common sign it needs replaced. Also, if you notice a mineral or metallic taste in your hot water, you need to have your water heater checked.
One of the best forms of protection form water damage caused by the water heater is to inspect your water heater regularly. You should check the tank, around the top, sides, and bottom, and also check the pipes around the unit for any signs of leakage, moisture, mold, mineral buildup, rust, and corrosion.
It is good practice to flush the water heater tank twice a year to help eliminate sediment buildup. Sediment buildup the water heater becomes much less efficient and the heater will have to use more gas or electricity to heat the water up.
One of the most inexpensive ways you can catch leaks quickly and protect your home from water leaks from the water heater is to put an inexpensive drip pan below the water heater. This way you can check for leaks easier, and if a leak begins the drip pan will catch it.
At Southeast Restoration, we know how hard it can be to cleanup after water damage from a leaky water heater, or any other source. When you call Southeast Restoration, you will benefit from our extensive experience in water extraction and drying. No matter the size, source, or scope of the water damage, our team can handle all your water damage cleanup needs.