Hot Water Tank Leak Tips

Hot Water Tank Leak, What Should You Do?

We’ve all been there. You walk into your basement and notice a puddle of water around the bottom of your hot water tank and then you realize, you have a leaking hot water tank and your hot water tank is leaking from the bottom. It just always seems to happen at the worst time.

If you notice your hot water tank leaking, don’t fret. Butler Plumbing is here to help!

Fix your water heater asap by following our 3-step plan below.
Leaky hot water tank

Step 1 – Find the Source of your Hot Water Tank Leak

You can typically find the source of a leaking hot water tank in two main areas.

First, if you think your hot water tank is leaking from the bottom, check the drain valve at the bottom of the tank.  The drain valve is a faucet that drains the water tank of sediment.

If it is the drain valve that is leaking, then good news.  The repair is easy and relatively inexpensive, contact us and we will have the valve replaced in no time.

If it is not the drain valve, the next place to check is the tank reservoir itself.  Sediment can sometimes build at the bottom of a tank, therefore corroding the inner lining is why you may find your hot water tank leaking from the bottom. Unfortunately, if it is the tank reservoir the repair is not as straightforward.  Contact us and we will be able to give a proper assessment.

If you have a hot water tank leak and can’t tell exactly where the leak is coming from, contact us, we will be able to diagnose the problem for you.

Step 2 – Turn the Leaking Hot Water Tank Off

Once you have detected the source of your hot water tank leak, stop the water supply to prevent any more water being leaked into your home by turning the hot water tank off.

If you have an electric hot water tank, find its circuit breaker on your circuit board and switch it to off.

If you have a gas hot water tank, there should be a switch or dial on the tank, locate it, and turn it to off.

Next, shut off the water supply to your leaking hot water tank.  To do this look for a lever valve above your tank, and turn it anti-clockwise to shut the water off.  Be careful as you do this, because your hot water tank may still be hot.

Step 3 – Contact Us to Fix Your Hot Water Tank Leak

Whether your hot water tank is leaking from the bottom, simply needs a drain valve replaced to fix the hot water tank leak or the issue is something larger, we will be able to get it fixed within no time. You will have your home running with hot water once again.

We will always schedule a convenient time that works for you. Please contact us to get a quote if you notice your hot water tank leaking!

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