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Hot Water Heater: The Most Common Water Damage Cause

6/7/2022 (Permalink)

We Have Seen it All

As an emergency response mitigation company, we have seen plenty of sources of water damage. However, one of the most common calls we get is in regards to a hot water heater leak. It’s certainly not something that most homeowners think about it, but it happens far more than anyone would like. Additionally, since the water heater is often located somewhere in the home people rarely frequent, it tends to fall in the “out of sight, out of mind” category. By the time it is normally thought about, it may already be too late to prevent serious damage.

Why You Water Heater May be Leaking

  • Gradual aging: As with any other appliance in your home, water heaters are susceptible to deteriorating effects of aging, even if they are quite durable. The lifespan of a water heater is normally up to ten years, with barely any maintenance required.
  • Hot and Cold Inlets and Outlets: The hot and cold inlets and outlets are more susceptible to damage compared to its other components. It is a good rule of thumb to check these regularly.
  • Drain Valve: It is normal for the drain valve to drip a little. However, if it is releasing any more than that, it is an issue.
  • The Temperature and Relief Valve: if the valve deals too much pressure, it could malfunction. This could be caused by the water heater raising the water’s temperature excessively.
  • The Water Tank: If this appears to be the issue, you’ll more than likely be experiencing a flood rather than a leak.

Is your water heater leaking and causing water damage to your home? SERVPRO® of North Augusta is “Here to help.®” Give our office team a call at 706-750-0200 and we will have our trained professionals dispatched to you home right away!

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