Is Your Hot Water Heater Leaking? Three Common Places The Tank May Leak From

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If you notice your hot water heater is leaking, you may be quick to call in a plumber to inspect the tank and make any needed repairs or replace it. However, some leaks are minor and may be issues that you can correct on your own, while others may not be. Additionally, knowing where your tank is leaking can help you provide a plumber with vital information in the event they do need to make a water heater repair. Here are three common places where your hot water tank may be leaking. 

The Drain Valve

Hot water tanks should be drained at least once a year. This is the best way to prevent sediment from building up inside the tank. To make draining easy, most hot water tanks have a drain valve that is located on the front of the tank toward the bottom of the tank. The drain valve looks like a hose spigot. If the spigot gets bumped or a child accidentally turns it, water may slowly or quickly leak out, depending on how open the spigot is. If you notice water leaking from this, attempt to close the valve. If water is still leaking, the valve may need to be replaced. 

The Pressure Release Valve

A hot water tank has a pressure release valve that is designed to relieve the pressure that builds up in your tank if the water gets too hot. There is a small tube connected to the valve that carries the moisture that builds up from the pressure and heat away from your home. If you notice water beneath your tank, the valve may be faulty or the tube may be damaged. The tube is typically located toward the back bottom portion of the tank. If a pest eats through it or it is worn, you will notice splits or cracks in the hose, indicating the hose needs to be replaced. 

The Tank Itself

The final area where water may leak out of from your hot water tank is the tank itself. If the tank is rusted, corroded, or old, water may leak from the tank. If you notice moisture coming from the tank itself, it has a leak. A leak from the tank cannot be repaired. Replacing the tank is your only option. 

If you see a puddle of water pooling underneath your hot water heater, you should attempt to see where the water is coming from. Once you have figured out where the leak is, you should turn off the water supply that leads to the hot water tank. From there, you can either attempt to make a repair yourself or call in a plumber to assist you in making the needed repairs to your hot water tank. 

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