3 Common Causes of Residential Water Heater Leaks

Investing in home maintenance is something most property owners view as essential. If a home and the important systems it contains are not properly maintained, serious repair issues are a near certainty. On average, homeowners spend up to 3% of their property’s total value on maintenance annually. Maintaining the various components of your plumbing system is one of the most challenging tasks you will have as a homeowner. 

The water heater is possibly one of the most crucial pieces of your plumbing system. Over time, this essential plumbing component will start to show signs of wear. When confronted with a water heater leak, contacting professionals to handle this complicated job is a wise move. Various issues can cause a water heater to leak and here are some of them.  

An Old Water Heater Tank is a Ticking Time-Bomb

As a homeowner, you need to get familiar with all of the parts of your water heater. The water heater tank performs a simple and important job. Without a functional water heater tank, you will be faced with the prospect of wet floors and water damage. Inspecting your water heater tank is particularly important if you have an older water heater in place. 

The older a water heater gets, the higher the risk of rust spots forming becomes. If you notice a rust spot, you need to call in professionals to replace your existing water heater. The money paid for a new water heater will pale in comparison to the water damage you will face if the old water heater is left in place. 

Loose Drain Valves Can Be Problematic

The drain valve on your water heater will be used during the flushing process. Hiring professionals to flush the rust and sediment out of your existing water heater is a great way to keep it functional. In some cases, the drain plug will loosen over time and will start to leak. 

When confronted with this common water heater repair issue, you need to tighten the drain plug. However, you need to be careful and avoid over-tightening the drain plug. Making this mistake can cause the threads on the drain plug to become damaged. These damaged threads will allow water to pass through the drain plug. Taking a look at your water heater’s drain plug on a monthly basis can help you assess if there are problems that need to be handled. 

Too Much Pressure is a Bad Thing

Setting the correct temperature on your water heater is about more than just getting a hot shower. You need to adjust the water heater in a way that provides you with warm water without allowing too much pressure to build in the tank. If the heat is turned up too high on the water heater, pressure may force water out of the tank. This will result in a large leak and lots of damage. Allowing an experienced professional to set the temperature on your water heater is a great way to steer clear of this problem. 

Do You Need a New Water Heater?

Is your existing water heater consistently letting you down? If so, contact Elite Plumbing Services to find out how we can help.