Is Your Water Heater Tank Leaking in Calgary? Cure Water Leaks With Plumbing Repair and Maintenance

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In 1870, an Englishman by the name of Benjamin Maughan humbly advanced the complete notion of heating water. And it wasn't until 70 years later that water heaters became a somewhat common household appliance. Travel to the 21st century, where we can have hot water (or cold water) on demand. These unsung heroes reside in the quiet corners of our homes, facilitating our relaxing showers, baths, and dishwater. We often don't think about these MVPs, not until they fail us. What if we shifted our mindset from thinking about hot water tanks on their good days, and how to maintain those good days? Perhaps there will be fewer incidents of water heat tanks leaking in households.

In our discussion about hot water tanks, we will explore common problems like water leaks. Throughout our conversation, we will gain valuable insights on effectively stopping and proactively preventing these troublesome leaks. Calgarians are truly fortunate to have access to a team of professional Calgary plumbers who not only offer efficient solutions but also guarantee long-lasting results. With their expertise, you can rest assured that your hot water heaters will function flawlessly all year round.

Household technology since Maughan's day has expanded drastically, and with that comes technological and system malfunctions. This is where and why we have a hot water tank leaking. It's a hassle, but not the end. This blog will explain why hot water tank leaks happen and the steps to identify and fix them, leading to the solution for preventive maintenance. So stick with us and see how a professional licensed plumber is the yin to your water heater's yang when it just happens to leak.

Pitter Patter, What’s The Matter? Why Is My Water Heater Tank Leaking in Calgary?

It's important to know why your hot water tank is leaking, from small drips to large puddles around the heater. A hot water tank leak not only dampens your surroundings, it dampens your mood. You want to handle the leaky situation promptly to avoid water damage and excess energy costs. Whether the problem is from a tiny fissure in the tank, corroded pipes, or a loose valve, quit the patter and start the chatter. Call a professional plumber, and keep reading to decipher the root cause of this pesky leak!

The Depths of Despair – Hot Water Tank Bottom Leaking

A hot water tank leaking from the bottom or its base indicates a malfunction within the depths of the tank. There could be an issue with your drain valve - a part that is designed to empty the water tank when needed during maintenance. Sometimes the drain valve will become corroded, especially if you've had your water heater tank for 10+ years. If the drain valve is corroded to the point of no return, it's time for a replacement. Another reason for leaking from the bottom is sediment buildup within the tank. The buildup of sediment causes excessive water pressure at the bottom of your tank, causing the tank to release water. Leaks can also occur due to loose fittings on the inlet or outlet connections, a cracked overflow discharge tube, or a deteriorating internal tank.

Things Can Look Up – Water Heater Tank Leaking from the Top

If your unit is leaking from the top, it usually hints that there are issues with the outlet or inlet connection. These connections are prone to corrosion and, over time, can become loose and compromised, resulting in leakage. The T&P valve is found here, and once it turns faulty, it will release moisture out of the tank. If you can't seem to solve the issue with a screwdriver to tighten the nut that connects the handle to the valve, it needs replacement and a professional plumber for restoration.

Too Hot To Handle

Humans are fickle, yes, but that doesn't mean we should be comfortable with scalding hot water in our showers. White-hot water usually indicates there is a problem with internal pressure and temperature relief valve problems. The pressure relief valve is designed to release excess pressure and prevent the tank from exploding, especially with water that is so hot. When leaks occur, it means there is an underlying issue with the entire tank, regardless of the valve's functioning. Furthermore, faulty water heater thermostats, mineral buildup affecting the heating elements, or a failing heating element altogether can also be the cause of scalding hot water. Something to keep in the back of your mind: scalding hot water increases water usage and your overall energy efficiency, so be sure to address the issue right away.

Is Your Hot Water Tank Leaking? Here’s What Calgary Homeowners Can Do

When your water heater is leaking, a good first step would be to flip the shut-off valve. The shut-off valve controls the flow of water into your water heater. To find it, look near the cold water inlet pipe at the top of the heater. Switching it off will stop the flow of water into the heater. But if the leak persists, our team of licensed plumbers will handle the leak like this:

  • Identify the Source: We always start by pinpointing the source of the leak before beginning any work. Whether it's the tank, fittings, gas valves, connections, signs of corrosion, or loose pipe fittings, identifying the exact location allows us to accurately determine the cause and find the right solution for the makes and models of your electric and gas heaters.
  • Turn Off the Power Source: Our top priority is safety. Before we begin any repairs, we always take the necessary precautions to ensure your well-being. This includes turning off the power supply to your water heater at the circuit breaker or shutting off the gas supply in gas units. By doing so, we significantly reduce the risk of electric shocks while we work on your appliance. Additionally, we will utilize the shut-off valve for the main water supply, guaranteeing that your gas or electric heaters are fully prepped for diagnostics and repairs.
  • Drain the Tank: When a leak stems from the tank, our experts promptly drain the water to assess the damage thoroughly. We connect a hose to the drain valve and divert the water away from the unit to a secure area, typically a floor drain.
  • Inspect and Replace: Our team of qualified plumbers carefully inspects for corroded parts, faulty drain valves, malfunctioning temperature sensors, or worn-out gaskets. Rest assured, any components showing signs of wear or tear will be promptly replaced. By addressing these minor maintenance issues now, we can help you avoid costly and extensive repairs in the future.
  • Tighten Connections: To address leaks caused by loose connections, a straightforward remedy is to tighten the fittings securely. We will skillfully make the necessary adjustments, taking utmost care not to over-tighten and potentially harm the components.
  • Pressure Relief Valve Check: To check if there is hot water gushing from the pressure relief valve, simply lift the lever. If the water keeps flowing even after you release the lever, it's a clear indication that it needs to be replaced.

Proactive Not Reactive: The Ultimate Guide For Preventative Maintenance

Prevention goes further than interventions, especially with hot water tanks. To avoid costly repairs, checking each component of your water heater from time to time is the first step to preventing leakage. You can also protect your appliance from pinhole leaks and corrosive substances that can build up. Follow these simple steps:

  • Regular Maintenance: When in doubt, check it out. Regular maintenance checks for your hot water tank are a sure way to identify future problems you may have with your water heater. Flushing the tank can remove sediment and allow us to inspect the parts of the water heater.
  • Pressure Regulation: We can and will install a pressure regulator if you are experiencing excessive pressure, which can lead to leaks.
  • Anode Rod Replacement: Corrosion poses a significant threat to water heaters. As part of our regular maintenance, we will diligently inspect and replace the sacrificial anode rod. This ensures that the tank remains free from rust and potential leaks.
  • Sediment Removal: It is absolutely crucial to flush the tank on a yearly basis in order to eliminate sediment. Failing to do so can accelerate corrosion and hinder the heater's performance. After thoroughly inspecting all components to ensure they are in optimal condition, it becomes imperative to flush out any accumulated sediments, especially if there is a significant buildup caused by hard water.
  • Temperature Checks: We will make sure to adjust the water temperature to a safe level, as excessively high temperatures not only lead to energy wastage but also add unnecessary strain to your water heater.

Need Professional Help? Mr. Rooter Plumbing Is Calgary’s #1 Choice For Water Heater Leak Repair in Calgary

Don't let the frustration of a leaky water heater interrupt your daily routine - or your shower! Especially when Mr. Rooter Plumbing of Calgary. With experience, solutions, and dedication to your satisfaction, we are always here to conquer leaks and all other plumbing issues that may arise. From professional water heater repairs, tankless water heater installations, and expert tips, our team will always guarantee your peace of mind.

From Haysboro, Acadia, Glamorgan and other neighbouring communities, Mr. Rooter Plumbing of Calgary is just one call away. Your home deserves the best - and that is what we are here for. Contact our friendly customer service team to get started today.