Do You Have a Leaking Hot Water Cylinder? Stop It ASAP!
There are many reasons why you may have a leaking hot water cylinder. Though most hot water tanks and cylinders are very reliable, over time leaks may occur. When leaks happen, stopping the flow of water will be your first priority as you want to minimise the water damage to your home’s structures. Once you have stopped the flow of water by turning off the water supply to your leaking hot water cylinder, the search for the leak can commence.
Assuming you have turned the water off, you will also want to turn the power supply off as well and take all safety precautions like gloves and safety glasses. You want to investigate the cylinder and try to visually see where the water is coming from. The most likely place will be from the valves. Sometimes they can become clogged or the seal can break. If this is the case, a quick call to a local plumber, like the professionals at ADI, can remedy the situation very quickly. Other problems, like a base that is riddled with corrosion will likely not be that easy to fix.
Over time, the water in a hot water cylinder will cause corrosion in certain spots. If corrosion begins appearing, it is a good indication that it is time to purchase a new one. You should certainly call in a plumber for evaluation, but in most cases, corrosion and rust is not a good sign, especially if you see it around the area of the visual leak.
Some other things that can cause water around a hot water cylinder include leaking pipes. This may have nothing to do with the cylinder at all and it can easily be repaired with a new section of pipe. You may also find that the pipe simply needs tightened.
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