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A Leaking Water Heater Can Cause Significant Water Damage

12/30/2020 (Permalink)

Closeup of a rusty and leaking water heater A leaking water heater can easily go unnoticed

A Leaking Water Heater Can Cause Significant Water Damage

Most water heaters are designed to last up to 15 years. Eventually, corroded parts, hard water buildup, and other factors can lead to a leaking water heater. Unfortunately, when that happens, it might already have led to severe water damage in your Mentone, CA, home. Although it might be overwhelming, there are steps to take to minimize the damage, and certified water damage and restoration professionals just a phone call away.

Mitigate Further Damage
Faced with significant damage, the last thing you want is for that to spread. To ensure the leaking water heater doesn’t do that, the following steps should be immediately taken:

  • Turn of the water heater’s supply line. If the unit is too hot or it is difficult to turn off the line, shut off the home’s water supply line.
  • Ensure that the electricity or gas powering the appliance is turned off. In many cases, there is a switch nearby for electric or a knob on gas units.
  • Since there is likely pressure building up in the unit, open the pressure relief valve and drain the remaining water.

Once that is done, the next steps are to call your insurer to file a claim, a plumber to repair or replace the failing unit, and a restoration professional for the cleanup.

Professional Cleanup Process
A failed water heater can result in gallons of water flooding your home. If it was a small leak, that water could have been dripping for a long time. Whenever there is excess water, especially in a basement where most appliances are located, it creates the perfect environment for more than just water damage. A mitigation company will have the expertise, techniques and tools to handle all of the damage caused by the broken water heater. The process involves removing excess water, drying out and sanitizing the affected area, removing any drywall, carpeting and other damaged components and repairing or replacing damaged materials. They will also complete a mold inspection and mitigate any growth.
A leaking water heater can easily go unnoticed. When the discovery is made, take quick actions and get professional help to return your home back to normal.

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