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Leaking water heater Surprise, AZ

4/19/2017 (Permalink)

Leaking water heater

Unnoticed leak.  When a leak develops, the water might not come rushing out. Most of the time it is a slow leak that may go unnoticed for a few days even weeks. If the water heater is located on the second floor the damage will be more extensive since the water always flows downhill. Fortunately, there are steps you can take to minimize the risk of a water heater causing damage to your home or business. 

Regular inspect. It is a good idea to flush your water heater twice a year to eliminate sediment build up. Putting in a inexpensive drip pan below the water heater that drains to the outside of the property can prevent thousands of dollars in water damages in many cases. Age is a big factor. Many water heater manufactures estimate the life span of a water heater to be 8-12 years. What to look for.

Water doesn't get as hot as usual

hot water heater makes cracklings and popping noises when it's heating

There is a metallic taste in your hot water.

Rust is forming on the outside bottom of your water heater.

A puddle is forming under your water heater.

The burner units have become clogged or rusty.

The picture below is of a water heater that had been leaking in Surprise,AZ causing the drywall to swell and some mold growth. SERVPROof Sun City/Sun City/West and S.E. Surprise was called in to clean up the aftermath!

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