No Hot Water?
Is Your Water Heater Leaking?
5 Easy Steps To stop the madness before you call your local plumbing contractor!
Picture this: It's been a long day, and you decide this is a great time for some 'down time'. You head upstairs to your bathroom, grab a bath towel, turn on some tunes, and turn on the shower water.
The woes of not having hot water...
Stepping into the shower, expecting to find a soothing hot stream of water your body is shocked by the chilling temperature of the water from the shower head. OK, you want to shreik or gasp, and perhaps you do...You quickly lather up, no way are you washing your hair now...and you grab the towel as you rinse off and hurriedly get dressed.
You need to find a trustworthy plumber to call, and of course it's nearly 7:00am.
Here are a few things you should check first.
Check other fixtures in your house to see if you have hot water there.
- Run the hot water from a bathroom basin faucet or your kitchen sink.
- Is the water hot?
- Typically if you didn't use the remaining water stored in your water heater and you're not getting any hot water, there's a good chance there is none to be had. You might want to check again in another hour.
- But...the next thing to check is another fixture in the house.
- Is the water coming out of hot water faucets rusty colored?
- There are many possible causes to discolored water delivery in your home, and yes, a water heater that is "on the way out" is definitely one of them.
- But...if you are getting rusty, discolored water from a cold water faucet the issue lies elsewhere. (your municipality might be flushing the hydrants or you main have a cracked water service)
- See water pouring out of the bottom of your heater, or see a flooded area near the heater?
- Shut off the cold water supply to your water heater to stop the leak (you can find a valve at the top of the water heater) and thus stop water to be filling the leaking water heater.)
- The possibility always exists that something nearby the water heater is leaking. Check other pipes, furnaces, boilers, etc.
- Do you hear a noise, similar to a pop-corn sound coming from the water heater?
- Traditional tank-style water heaters are glass lined. Each time the tank begins to heat up the water inside it expands and as it cools off, contracts. This constant wear and tear over the years causes the glass lined tank to crack and it's contents spill....creating a mess and a no-hot-water situation.
Now, it's time to Call your local plumbing contractor!
Explain the situation, and once he's confirmed that your heater has leaked, your contractor will get your water heater replacment scheduled.
The rule of thumb is that typically water heaters lifespan is typically 8-11 years. Our customers lament that the worst problem they've enountered, plumbing-wise, is a water heater that has burst and flooded their basement or utility closet. What a mess!
We recommend that you be proactive when you know your water heater is near or at the end of it's useful life.
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Any questions...let us know.