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It does not matter if you have an electric or gas hot water heater, it is going to last you around 10 to 12 years if you make sure that you have regular maintenance done. Eventually your hot water heater might spring a leak; what is it that you should do when that moment arises? Even though most hot water leaks can be fixed pretty quickly, it is a good idea to know what to do next.
Step #1 – Cut The Power
The first thing that you want to do when your hot water heater is leaking is turn off the fuel source. Find your thermostat if you have a gas water heater. You will find the button ‘Pilot’, ON and OFF. Switch to PILOT or OFF and the gas is going to turn off. This makes the water heater much safer to work with.
If you have an electric water heater, you are going to want to find the breaker panel. Once you get here, look for the breaker that has the label “Water Heater.” Once you turn that off, it should cut all power to the unit.
Step #2 – Shut Off The Water
Your next step is going to be turning off the water; do not worry, it is relatively easy to turn off the water. Find the cold water line that goes to your heater. Look for the valve that you find on the line and proceed to turn to the right until it closes all the way. This is going to stop the flow of water and allows us to move onto the next step.
Step #3 – Drain The Water Tank
This is the most important step in many different ways, and it is certainly the most challenging so far. Attach a garden hose to the drain valve close to the bottom of your hot water heater. Now you run the hose onto a sump pit or the floor drain. Once you have the hose ready (and not before!), open the valve again. Once you open the valve, it might seem that the water does not flow very well or not at all. That is because of the vacuum in the water heater. Open any water faucet in your home to break the vacuum. The entire process of draining your whole tank should take around an hour.
Make Sure To Call The Professionals
Make sure that you follow these steps before (or right after) you call the licensed plumbing professionals from Dr. Pipe Drain and Plumbing Services Hamilton. Once you minimize the possibility of damage, you can be sure that they are going to arrive promptly, repair or replace the water heater, and make sure that you are able to enjoy the rest of your day without any further interruption.