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4 Mitigation Measures for a Leaking Water Heater

3/23/2019 (Permalink)

Water heater being looked at in Billings, MT, by a SERVPRO technician.

A leaking water heater can cause significant water damage at a residence in Billings, MT. Homeowners should take these four measures to mitigate damage.

Leaking Water Heater Tips

  1. Reduce the Risk of Shock

    Start by unplugging electrical devices near the heater and switching off power to nearby circuits. Turn off the flow of water and electricity or gas to the heater before inspecting this appliance for leaks.
  2. Try To Identify the Cause

    It may be easier to mitigate damage if you can determine where a leak originates. Check the supply line, gaskets and valves. If a leaking water heater is caused by a corroded tank, you will need to replace the appliance. Depending on the location of the leak, you may want to drain the water tank.
  3. Drain the Tank

    Make sure the supplies of gas or electricity and water are shut off. Run hot water in a sink or tub to drain the tank, and open the pressure relief valve to permit water to drain more quickly. Allow any water remaining in the tank to cool before connecting a hose to the drainage spigot to empty the tank. This procedure can limit the amount of water that leaks out of a broken water heater.
  4. Dry the Area

    Use a mop or wet vac to extract standing water from floors and remove wet materials such as carpet. Ventilate the area with fans to promote drying, and consider using a dehumidifier or desiccant such as silica gel on soaked walls or floors.

These measures can be helpful for mitigating damage caused by a leaking water heater. You may be able to address minor issues on your own. A plumber or appliance repair specialist can help with a failed water heater. If a leak results in extensive water damage, rely on the expertise of a mitigation and restoration company in Billings, MT.

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