Water Pooling Around Your Water Heater? All the Easy Fixes You Need to Know
Whether it's in your basement or utility room, pooling water is tough do deal with. It's even worse when the water is around your hot water heater. From faulty valves to blockages, there are various issues that can cause this problem. Fortunately, it's easy to fix. Before you start building an ark or calling a repairman, read these quick tips and fixes to stop the leaking.
Replace the Temperature-Pressure Release Valve
This is one of the most common areas to find a leak. First, you'll want to try replacing the valve entirely which is a simple DIY repair. If there is still leaking after the new valve was installed, then it could be another underlying issue. Leaking near the valve can occur when the temperature or pressure of the water is too high when entering the tank. A plumber or professional should check for these issues.
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Tighten or Replace the Drain Valve
The water heater's drain valvei s where water exits during flushes. If you notice water leaking from this area, try tightening the valve. If the leak persists, you'll want to replace the valve entirely.
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Check for Condensation Drips
Typically you'll see condensation when cold water is entering the tank. This might occur when the tank is filling for the first time or during the winter when water entering your home is particularly chilled. Gas water heaters can also see condensation build up on the vent. Check for blockages, and if you find any shutoff the heater and clean it out. If the blockage caused damage to the vent pipe, consider replacing it. Consult a professional if condensation problems persists.
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Replace the Heating Element Gasket
If you own an electric water heater, you may find a leak pop up around the heating element gasket. Shut off the water and power to the water heater. Then, drain the water before replacing the gasket. This should shore up the problem. Before you turn power back on, make sure you turn on the water supply first and run the water out of a faucet to ensure there's no excess air in the tank.
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Check the Tank for Leaks
All hot water heaters have limited life spans. Due to the intake of water that contains various minerals, the tank itself can corrode over time. Although many modern models are built to resist corrosion, after many years of use it can still happen. Should the tank develop a leak, you should consider replacing the entire unit yourself or with a professional.
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