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Don't Let Your Heater Put You in Hot Water

1/31/2022 (Permalink)

water on the floor near a hot water heater Check your hot water heater for leaks to avoid water damage.

February is a great month to check for leaks since we aren’t watering our yards as much. A typical family of 4 will not exceed 12K gallons in a winter month. If you find that you are using more – do a double check by watching your water meter before and after a 2 hour period when no water is being used. If your meter changes - it might be a good idea to look for leaks throughout the house.

The EPA reports that an average household’s leaks account for thousands of wasted water every year. 

A common source of leaks in a home is the hot water heater – which doesn’t mean you will need to replace it, but you will want to fix it as soon as possible. To confirm this is the source of your leak, place paper towels underneath it and check it in a day or two to see if they are wet. If so – you’ve found your culprit. Now you just have to determine what part of the heater is leaking.

One very common source of hot water heater leaks is a loose drain valve and can usually be fixed by simply replacing the washer inside. The intake and outtake connections can also loosen and leak. This is remedied by tightening with a pipe wrench. It’s always a good idea to check the temperature and pressure of your tank as well.

Hot water heaters typically last 8-12 years but there are many that fail before that 12-year mark. Knowing how old yours is – and regularly checking it for leaks will prevent possible water damage in your home. If you do encounter damage, SERVPRO of Park Cities is available 24/7 to make it "Like it never even happened."

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