Creating A Great Construction Environment

About a year ago, I realized that there were a few things that I needed to do around the house to make my place feel more like a home. For starters, I knew that I needed to replace the carpet, since it was damaged from years of use. Unfortunately, I knew that I didn't have the skills to take care of things on my own, so I turned to a team of professional contractors. They were incredible to work with, and even taught me how to create a great construction environment for my team. After the project was done, I knew that I wanted to make a blog about creating a positive construction environment.

The Complete Beginners Guide To Water Heater Leaks

Construction & Contractors Blog

If you have discovered a leak near your electric water heater, you should quickly attempt to determine the cause and take steps to minimize the damage. Water, even a slow leak, can cause serious issues if allowed to continue. Read on to learn about how to handle a water heater leak.

1.  Make certain that the moisture is actually coming from your water heater. Water heaters are typically located near other appliances that may leak and in damp areas like basements that are prone to condensation and moisture. If the amount of water is small, wipe it up and keep checking back a few times a day to see if comes back. If the water doesn't reappear in the next few days, you should not worry any further about it. A large amount of water coming out from the area, however, should signal you to proceed to step two.

2.  Turn off the power. Water and electricity are a deadly combo, so do this quickly. Locate your circuit breaker box and the corresponding breaker for your water heater, and switch it to the off position.

3.  If the water leak is not too bad, you may be able to do a quick assessment of exactly where the water seems to be coming from. There are several different areas on the water heater that could be leaking, and where the water is coming from could be the difference between an inexpensive fix or a new appliance.

  • Water from the top: The cold water goes in and the hot water comes out in a set of pipes, usually at the top of the unit. A leak here could just mean a tightening of the connection.
  • Water from the pressure valve, usually located on the top side could mean a replacement valve is needed.
  • Water from the drain value, usually near the bottom could mean a sticky valve.
  • Water coming from the general bottom area of the tank could mean a degraded interior, meaning a full tank replacement is required.

4.  Turn off the water. Be very careful about coming into contact with the water coming from your appliance. Depending on the temperature settings, it could be hot enough to cause serious burns. If you can safely reach the turn-off value for the water heater, do so. This valve or dial is usually located on the top of the water heater and looks like a dial (which you turn clockwise) or a handle (which you push or pull down). If you cannot safely reach the valve, you must stop the water by turning off your main water valve for your house.

Once you have learned all you can about your leak, you will likely need to call a professional plumber. With the steps taken above, you should be able to approach the service call with your plumber in a far more knowledgeable manner. For more information, contact a business such as Biard & Crockett Plumbing.


13 April 2015