Water heater leaking? You’ll want to deal with it right away, so it doesn’t turn into a major problem. Even a small amount of water can cause damage to floors and walls. In extreme cases, a complete water heater malfunction can result in a significant flood, leading to damaged personal property and hefty repair bills. Water heater leaking can also lead to health problems. Wet and damp areas can generate mold and mildew growth that can cause asthma and allergic reactions.
Why Do Water Heaters Leak?
A Leaking Drain Valve
The drain valve, located at the bottom of the tank, is used to get rid of sediment build-up that can cause damage to the tank. If the drain valve is defective, water will start to leak, pooling at the bottom of the tank. Also, if the drain valve is no longer water-tight, water can start to seep out along the edges of the valve.
Leaking Temperature and Pressure Relief Valve
This valve is specifically designed to release water if the water gets too hot or there’s excessive pressure inside the tank. The temperature and pressure relief valve is built with a discharge tube that extends from the valve to the floor. The tube’s purpose is to safely direct any water that leaks from the valve down, towards the floor, instead of in an outward direction where it could cause harmful problems.
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