Your Water Heater Is Leaking From The Top?
When it comes to dealing with any appliance in your home that uses water then leaks can appear just about anywhere they feel like. A typical point of failure for most appliances using water is at a joint or connector point. This is true when you look at gas or water pipes and when you look at water heaters you have another factor to take into account. You see your water heater uses electric current to operate and then you have water running through metal pipes. When you combine all three of these factors together you have a process called electrolysis which is pretty much guaranteed to corrode the metal at a connector point in almost no time at all. Even without the electricity being involved water corrodes metal, that’s just a fact of life, and given enough time a constant flow of water through any set of pipes is going to cause corrosion of some kind to occur.
For problems with a water heater you’re always better to have it investigated by a professional plumbing company who also specialize in leak detection like the team at ADI Plumbing. The water that you’re seeing leaking from the heater might have a completely different source than the heater itself and even if the water is flowing from the top of the heater it’s going to be a tricky thing to work on because, again, water and electricity do not mix.
If the water heater itself is leaking then the first, and most important, step is to stop water getting to the heater. The quickest way to do this is to turn off your water at the mains. You’ll also need to make sure that you switch off your electricity at the mains before even attempting to investigate this problem. Once you’re happy that the heater itself is safe to work with then you’ll have to drain the heater of water before doing anything else which you can do with a small garden hose and a set of adjustable pliers plus you’ll need a small bucket to hold the excess water.
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