When you have a dripping faucet, many of us are able to ignore it until we can find a good time for a plumber to come and take care of it. While there might be wasted water and higher utility bills, a dripping faucet is dripping into an area with a drain and not causing damages to other parts of your home. A water heater leaking, on the other hand, can cause damages to more than just your water bill! When a water heater is leaking, you can have issues with your flooring, drywall, mold growth, and so many other problems. This is why it is essential to take care of water heater leaking problems as soon as you discover them and with a professional plumber. Here at On-Deck Plumbing, we have a few common causes for water heater leaking that we would like to discuss with you.
First, sediment buildup. When you have a drain valve that isn’t draining the water properly, you will get sediment that builds up on the bottom of the tank. This causes rust, corrosion and, eventually, leaks. While the drain valve can be replaced, sometimes the corrosion will not be found until years later. This will most likely result in a water heater replacement rather than repair.
Second, you will want to have the temperature and pressure release valves checked. When your water heater is working, it is constantly monitoring the temperature and pressure within the tank. When one or the other is too high, these valves “let off some steam” or release a little water to keep the tank from bursting.
Finally, call in a plumber from On-Deck Plumbing. We want to make sure that your water heater leaking isn’t going to cause you serious damages later on. To learn more about what is causing your water heater to leak, give us a call today.