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Hot Water Heater Leakage Repair In Saint Johns & Jacksonville, FL

Hot Water Heater Leakage Repair In Saint Johns & Jacksonville, FL

Water heater leaks are frustrating in any situation, but they're more when you don't know what's causing the leakage. When water heaters leak, homeowners in Saint Johns and Jacksonville often don't know where to look, making repairs much more challenging. Leaks may generate concern among homeowners since they may signify the need for a replacement. Replacements are expensive, and homeowners want to ensure the problem actually necessitates a replacement before they make the investment.

Griffin Service offers homeowners advice about how to identify the cause of the leak. Leaks are easy to diagnose when you know where to look. Though most repairs and replacements require a plumber, it’s good to know the location of the leak to point the pros in the right direction.

Call us at 904-298-6757 to get professional service for hot water heater leakage with free estimates!

Causes Of Hot Water Heater Leak

Water heater leaks occur for a multitude of reasons. Practically every component of the system has the potential to leak. However, some are easier to fix than others. Occasionally, the problem is simply a loose component. Other times, the whole tank requires attention. In every circumstance, it’s best for homeowners to contact a plumber to properly diagnose the issue.

These are the most common causes of water heater leaks in Johns & Jacksonville homes.

Hot Water Heater Leak
  • Drain valve: Drain valves allow water to leave the tank for maintenance checks or replacements. Homeowners also use this to empty the tank to clean away sediment. When the drain valve is loose, water slowly leaks out—an easy fix with a wrench. Alternatively, leaks from the base of the valve mean the valve isn’t watertight, which requires a new drain valve. Homeowners and plumbers are both able to perform this task.
  • Too much pressure: Pressure naturally occurs in water heaters because the tank deals with incredibly hot water. Hot water creates steam, which adds to the pressure in the tank. If too much pressure exists in the tank, the water leaks through cracks, loose parts, and more. If the water temperature is set too high, the pressure increases. Additionally, if the water from the water supply enters the system at high pressure, the tank experiences leaks.
  • Faulty temperature and pressure relief valve: In a similar vein, water heater leaks occur from problems with the temperature and pressure relief valve, or the T&P valve. Issues with the T&P valve result in higher water pressure. In addition, the valve loosens and causes leaks, or the part itself doesn’t work. Be sure to lower the pressure in the tank before replacements of the T&P valve take place. 
  • Internal tank: Water heaters have one tank with two shells. The shell on the inside contains the water, and the external shell provides insulation via polyurethane foam or another insulating material. Finally, one last layer of metal covers both shells. If a leak occurs on the inner shell because of age or deterioration, it isn’t plainly visible on the outside. 
  • Old tank: Water heater leaks happen more often with old tanks. Over time, the water heater naturally deteriorates, especially if the homeowner uses hot water in excess. Overuse shortens the lifespan of the system. Plus, rust develops over time, which leads to corrosion and leaks. If the water heater is at the end of its life, it’s best to replace it to avoid full failure and flooding.
  • Sediment collection: The longer homeowners own the water heater, the more sediment collects in the tank. In many circumstances, the collection doesn’t do more than clog the system or lower the water quality. However, if the sediment rests at the bottom of the tank for extremely long periods of time, the tank deteriorates. When this type of leak occurs, the water heater replacement. It’s important to clean the tank on an annual basis to avoid this. 
  • Inlet and outlet connections: The inlet and outlet connections to the water heater supply cold water to the system and allow hot water to travel to the fixtures in the home. These connections loosen over time, which causes leaks. These connections require tightening to fix the issue. 
  • Anode rod: This component of the water heater attracts any corrosive material in the water. This ensures the rod faces corrosion instead of the water heater itself. When the rod completely corrodes, water is able to leak through the area. Quick replacement takes care of this leak, so be sure to check the anode rod for excessive corrosion.
  • Cracked storage tank.: Glass-lined storage tanks are components in some water heaters and optional additional storage tanks. Storage tanks hold warm water and release it into the home when needed. They increase the storage capacity as well. In glass-lined models, minerals calcify and collect in the tank, which causes cracks and leaks. Plus, heat expands water and this expansion stresses the glass and creates cracks. Both of these instances require a replacement. 

Contact Us To Repair Hot Water Heater Leak In Johns & Jacksonville, FL

As the hot water heater tank is constantly refilling from the water heater leak, the area surrounding your tank will flood. Even a small amount of water leaking from your water heater can cause damage to your floors, sub-floors, and walls. A significant flood could lead to hefty repair bills and damage to personal property.  Water heater leaks can also be a health concern and lead to mold and mildew.

Gas water heater

After detecting the leakage immediate take the following steps-

  1. Cut the power: This is the very first thing you should do when you find a hot water leak. To turn off the energy source leading to:
  2. Gas water heater: Find your thermostat. You should see a little knob with three settings: ON, OFF, and PILOT. Switch it to OFF or PILOT to shut off the gas and make the heater safe to work on.
  3. Electric water heater: Go to your breaker panel and find the breaker labeled “water heater.” Turn it off to cut the power to your unit.
  4. Shut off the water: Turn off the water by finding the cold water line leading to your water heater. There should be a valve on the line; turn it to the right until it closes. This will cut off the water and allow you to move on to the next step.
  5. Drain the water tank: If you have a tank (standard) water heater, draining your water heater is the most essential step. It also happens to be the most involved! To drain your water heater tank:
  • Find the drain valve near the bottom of your water heater and attach a garden hose to it.
  • Run the hose to a floor drain or sump pit.
  • With the hose in place, open the valve (on older hot water heaters, this may look like an ordinary spigot; on newer systems, there’s a drain stem with a slot for a screwdriver). Once you open the drain valve, you may notice the water either doesn’t flow or doesn’t flow very well. This is because there’s a vacuum in the water heater.
  • To break the vacuum, open any hot water faucet in your home. This will let air into the water tank and allow it to drain more easily. Once you establish a good flow, the whole tank should drain in about an hour.

Besides repairing hot water leakage, we also provide service for water heatinggarbage disposaldrain cleaningAC repairAC installationAC tune-upair filtrationcommercial HVAC repair & replacementduct cleaning, water treatment, and many more.

You can always reach us in Atlantic Beach, Elkton, Fruit Cove, Hastings, Jacksonville, Mandarin, Nocatee, Orange Park, Palencia, Ponte Vedra, Saint Augustine, and nearby communities.

Please call us today at 904-298-6757 or contact us online to avail of services in your nearby area.

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