Many of us keep our water heaters in the garage, basement or laundry. What did you do when your water heater started leaking? You likely thought the tank was defective and replaced the whole system.
We are here to tell ya that finding the source of the leak is easy. But, here’s a tip: Call the professionals to do the job right. Here are some possible causes for water in your garage.
The water heater’s bottom is where most leaks occur. The leak could be caused by high temperatures, the drain valve, or the pressure relief valve. Water leakage is not only a problem with the heater, but also the surrounding areas.
Leaking Drain Valve
The drain valve is located at the bottom of the water heater. It can be used to drain the tank whenever the heater needs moving. You can also clean the tank with this valve. The problem could be with the drain valve if the platform where the water heater is located is wet. You will notice water dripping from or around the drain valve. Make sure the valve control is tightened. If you are unable to fix the leakage, it is time to contact a professional to have the valve replaced.
Pressure Relief Valve Leak
The pressure relief valve’s function is to release pressure from the tank when it becomes too hot. This prevents the water heater exploding. The pressure relief valve is located on some water heaters at the top. In other cases, you will see a tube that runs from the valve down to the floor to channel the water.
The pressure relief valve may be leaking if you find that the contents are still wet. To determine if the temperature is too high, check the thermostat. If it is, the valve needs to be replaced.
The water heater can become corrosive or rusty if it is not maintained regularly. This is usually due to the accumulation of chemicals and salt in the sediment. Pinhole leaks can occur in the water heater, causing damage to the surrounding areas. As the pressure increases, the leak will cause more damage. Standing water, along with dry walls wet can cause damage to the foundation.
Condensation can form on your water heater tank if the insulation is damaged. This can lead to mold growth on the dry wall, and problems with your thermostat. Turn off the water heater to find the source of the leak. Let it sit for a few hours. If you find that condensation is still present when the heater is turned on, you may need to replace it.
Many people call a professional crying ” Water got into my house“. The unit may not have burst if they had maintained it regularly. Water can sometimes be found in the laundry area behind the water heater. This is due to the stuffy environment. The garage is the best place for the unit to be installed.