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What To Do When Your Hot Water Heater is Leaking?

What To Do When Your Hot Water Heater is Leaking?

Hot Water Heater Repair Surrey

We at Nagra Bros. are committed to giving you quality, 24/7 service to help give you peace of mind and professional results every time you need us, both for emergencies and routine maintenance. Contact Nagra Bros. Plumbing and Heating by sending us an email at contact@nagrabros.com, or call us at any time at (604) 767-0545.

No one wants to discover that their hot water heater is leaking. While you may feel overwhelmed initially, the best thing to do is stay calm and then follow the guidelines below.

Make sure that your hot water heater is the culprit

Although the water may be pooled near the hot water heater, it may not be the hot water heater that is leaking. Check that the leak isn’t coming from pipes nearby, a faulty or leaky appliance like a dehumidifier, or even the ceiling. Condensation due to damp weather can also be a factor.

Call a professional, then turn off the power supply

Once you have determined that it’s the hot water heater that’s leaking, it’s important to call an expert like us at Nagra Bros. Then, the next step is to turn off the power supply of the hot water tank. This is important, because leaking water and live electricity can be a deadly combination. For electrical hot water heaters, the power supply can be turned off at the circuit breaker by flipping the switch which is directly connected to the hot water tank. Usually these switches are labeled as to what they are connected to. For gas powered water heaters, the gas must be turned off by turning the dedicated gas shut off valve on the gas line to the water tank.

Turn off the water flow

Next, you should immediately turn off the water flow to your hot water tank. The cold water inlet pipe to the hot water tank should have a designated shutoff valve. This valve could look like a wheel handle (more commonly called a gate-style valve) or could look like a knob or a bar handle (also called a ball-style valve). If the handle is a wheel, turn it until as far as it will go. If the handle is a knob or a bar, turn it 180 degrees. If you find that the valve is broken or stuck, the next option is to shut off the water flow to the home. In every home there must be a valve that can block the pipe where water enters the home.

Find out where the hot water heater is leaking from

While you are waiting, you can start searching the hot water heater for where exactly it is leaking from. If you know which part of the hot water heater is leaking, then that will save us some time in getting the job done as quickly as possible. Of course, we’ll still do a thorough check-up, but pinpointing a major part of the problem will make sure that we can get right to the problem immediately.

Why do leaks happen?

The reason the leaks happen in the first place is because of the glass-lined storage tank that the hot water heaters are built with. Slowly over a long period of time, the mineral particles which are found naturally in the water can build up in the inside of the hot water tank. These minerals are typically calcium and magnesium carbonates, which originate from filtering through limestone and chalk deposits in the natural environment. The build-up can lead to a crack in the glass lining and cause your water heater to leak. As the water in the tank becomes heated, the tank and glass lining then naturally expands. If the hot water tank reduces its heat or is turned off, the tank and glass lining will naturally shrink. Although, after a long period of time, this expansion creates stress on the glass lining of the heater and can cause it to crack. The crack can then propagate creating a bigger opening for the water to leak through.

This build-up of the minerals in the water occurs through a process called calcification, which happens more easily when the mineral contents of the water is higher. The higher the mineral content in the water, the “harder” the water is. Calcification from hard water can obstruct the flow of water through faucets and damage other equipment that handles water, including hot water boilers. Some people choose to add “water softeners” to counter the adverse effects of water calcification. Unfortunately, when there is a crack in the glass lining of your hot water heater, it will need to be replaced. This is because the cracks in the glass lining are not repairable. Oftentimes, the leaks will not change the performance of the hot water tank and people end up choosing to wait too long to replace the tank.

We at Nagra Bros. are committed to giving you quality, 24/7 service to help give you peace of mind and professional results every time you need us, both for emergencies and routine maintenance. Contact Nagra Bros. Plumbing and Heating by sending us an email at contact@nagrabros.com, or call us at any time at (604) 767-0545.