A water heater is the quintessential set-it-and-forget-it appliance. As long as our showers are hot, we tend not to give water heaters a second thought. But, like everything in your home, a water heater wears out over time.
When a heater starts breaking down, it can develop a leak. If you catch a problem early on, the fix is easy: call Simpson Plumbing in Vancouver, WA. We’ll inspect the water heater and recommend the next step. We can repair some water heater problems, but often it’s best to replace an old appliance with a new one.
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How To Avoid a Water Heater Leak
Unfortunately, leaks can go undetected for weeks or months. If that happens, your home may sustain water damage. Minimize the chances of water damage with the following tips:
1. Inspect the Water Heater Regularly
Stay on top of problems by keeping an eye on your water heater. You don’t need plumbing knowledge to give the heater and surrounding area a visual inspection. Here’s what to look for:
- Check for moisture around the plumbing connections.
- Look for water on the top of the tank.
- Look for water on the floor.
- Check the drywall near the water heater for moisture and mold.
If you see water anywhere near the appliance, it could signal a leak. The leak could be from the water heater, or if could be the result of another plumbing problem. Get the leak fixed right away. Damage from standing water can be an expensive repair.
2. Consider Moving the Water Heater
If you’re renovating your house, it’s a good time to relocate the water heater. A garage is an ideal place for a water heater. Moving the heater won’t keep it from leaking, but it can make it easier to monitor. Plus, a water leak on the garage floor is less likely to cause damage than one inside your home.
3. Watch for Changes in Hot Water
Is it taking longer for hot water to reach the tap? Is the water temperature lower than it used to be? A dip in the hot water supply can mean there’s a problem with the water heater. The problem could be caused by a leak or some other malfunction.
A water heater doesn’t need much attention, but don’t take yours totally for granted. Most water heaters have a lifespan of 10 years. Keep an eye on your water heater, especially if it’s getting on in years.
Contact Simpson Plumbing for water heater installation and repair.