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Tips for Cleaning Up After a Water Heater Leak

8/20/2019 (Permalink)

A leaking water heater in a North Naples, FL home

As a homeowner in North Naples, FL, one of the most frustrating things to deal with is a leaking water heater. This can result in damage not only to the residence, but to personal belongings as well. If your home has a broken water heater, the following tips can help you discover and resolve the issue.

Find the Source

A leaking water heater can have many different sources, so it is important to do an examination of the water heater to see if there is an external issue that can be seen. Things to look for include the following:

  • A faulty drain valve
  • Leaky inlet or outlet connections
  • A water tank that has corroded
  • Faulty pressure or temperature relief valve

It is possible that the source of the broken water heater is unable to be determined. Regardless, it is important to shut off power to the heater as soon as possible to prevent more water from leaking.

Remove Water

It is vital to remove all flooded water as soon as possible to avoid the water becoming contaminated; contaminated water requires more thorough and in-depth cleaning. Water heaters may flood quickly and can be dangerous. Rubber boots must be worn before entering an area with standing water. If there are electronics or appliances in the area, they will need to be carefully unplugged.

Assess Damage

After the water has been removed, the next important step is to assess the damage from the failed water heater. Water damage repair specialists are experts in the cleanup process and can help dry the affected area and properly ventilate it to inhibit mold growth. They can also determine what items can be cleaned and restored and what may need to be replaced.
A leaking water heater can be stressful, but it does not have to be. After identifying the source and cleaning up, things will be back to normal quickly.

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