A water heater offers convenience and comfort. However, regular water heater maintenance and inspections are a must to keep problems at bay. If your water heater has a leak, for example, and you don’t notice it immediately, it can cause massive damage to your floors, sub-flooring, walls, and basement. It can also lead to mold and mildew growth, as well as pest infestation because of most pests like dark, damp places.
If you suspect that your water heater has a leak, act immediately. Here’s what you should do:
Cut the Power
The first thing you should do is to stop the flow of power to your water heater. This will help prevent accidents and keep you safe. For electric water heaters, find the electrical panel box and the appropriate circuit breaker, and switch it off. For gas water heaters, a switch or a dial should be somewhere near the bottom of the water heater tank.
Cut the Water
Stop more water from flowing into your leaking water heater tank. There is a water shut-off valve at the top of your water heater. How you operate the valve depends on your model. For most models, you simply have to pull down a lever or turn a dial clockwise. If it’s too difficult to reach the shut-off valve without putting yourself at risk, it’s a good idea to cut the water supply to your home via the main shut-off valve.
It’s a good idea to consider replacing an old water heater with a new model. Check out the latest tankless water heaters. These are less likely to give you a leak problem because they don’t hold water in a tank. They just provide you with hot water whenever you need it, which can also lead to savings in your energy bill.
Call a Plumber
Now that you’ve shut the water heater down, it’s time to call a professional to do the job safely and quickly. Make sure to hire a professional. A reputable plumbing company is less likely to make mistakes. They will also back their work with a guarantee.
Get in touch with Alta Vista Services for your commercial or residential plumbing needs. We can also install a water softener to prevent hard water issues in your home or business. Call us at (512) 713-0226 or leave a message here.