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Water heaters are one of the most essential parts of a home or in an office space, especially in the winter months. However, water heaters can sometimes malfunction and as a result in serious problems or damages. The leaks are usually very small, but they can be ignored for some time, because of which you can be exposed to serious danger. This is what commonly happens with water damages. However, to deal with a leaking heater, you need to be able to pick up on the signs that there is a leak happening.
The signs of a leak in your heater:
It’s important that you not only keep an eye out for the temperature of your water, but also that you regularly monitor your water heater so you can spot leaks or malfunctions before they become bigger problems (you would be surprised at just how many ways water heaters can break.) The following are some tell-tale signs that you have a leaking water heater that needs the attention of a professional.
The reduced level of hot water:
Leaking water is one of the biggest and most obvious signs that the heater is not functioning normally. This means that the water is dripping away and being lost, probably causing some kind of damage to the area surrounding it.
Leaks in the pressure valve:
Increased pressure on the inside of the heater can actually cause the water to drip out from your heater. This issue can actually become very hazardous and can be very toxic for all the people around it. You will need to call in the professionals. Plumbers need to have the pressures inspected and adjusted.
Moisture in the heater stand and around it:
The insulation around the water heater avoids any condensation. But if there is moisture built around the heater that means that there is some problem. This can even escalate to the point where water can start to pool around the heater. This is an immediate problem that will require a professional plumber’s help. They will inspect the issue and replace and fix it.
How to repair the leak itself:
If any of the above signs seem familiar to your heater, you will need to take quick steps to reduce the possible damages and help you save costs on money. As a result of this, you can help keep you and the rest of your family safe. If you water heater is leaking, you will need to at first turn off the water supply. Locate the valve that helps you control the water supply and as a result turn it off. This valve only affects the water supply to the heater.
Next, you should shut the heater off too. You can follow the instructions on the box and turn it off. This would usually be very close to the valve that controls the water supply. Above all, always remember to call in the professionals, who have the proper expertise and tools that can help you take care of the issue effectively. They can also do it safely.