In Yakima, one of the major causes of flood damage in homes is the water heater. While it is a crucial component that provides comfort and convenience to daily living, a malfunctioning water heater can lead to extensive damage and costly repairs. Typically, the size of a conventional water heater is determined by its capacity to hold hot water at any given time. A small leak or drip can quickly turn into a major flood issue.
Most normal residential water heaters have capacities ranging from 20 to 100 gallons. Because water heaters are created to fill themselves constantly, leakages from them cause enormous flood damage due to the constant availability of water. The following are some common leading causes of water heater leaks.
If a drain valve has become loose, it starts to slowly and gradually leak water. A leaky drain valve is simple to stop, just effectively tighten it with a screwdriver. However, you have to be careful not to overtighten the heater drain valve, as doing so might cause additional damage and even a burst. Inspect the drain valve first if you start noticing a leak. If that is the case, it will be a relatively simple repair you can handle on your own.
When the pressure within the hot water tank becomes too high, water would then leak out in an effort to minimize the pressure. The rise in water pressure happens when the hot water temperature is set very high. Another factor that could cause an increase in water pressure is if the building’s exterior water supply comes in at excessively high pressure. A faulty temperature-pressure relief valve could also cause an excessive buildup of strain in the hot water tank. Inspect the heating setting to ensure it is not too intense, and if you suspect it is due to excessive water supply pressure, consider installing a water pressure reader to regulate it.
Water heating systems are designed to last; however, they will corrode and rust as they get older. When corrosion becomes severe enough, water will start leaking out. Corrosion leakages are dangerous and therefore should not be neglected. Failing to replace a corroded water heater would then result in catastrophic flooding.
Condensation is usually a natural occurrence in a hot water system. If the outside air is hot, condensation will form when cold water initially enters the tank. Although this is not a major issue that needs to be addressed. However, if big condensation occurs to the stage where water is flowing down both sides of your hot water tank and accumulating on the ground, you should have your water heater repaired.
Because water heaters are a vital appliance for keeping our houses comfortable, it is a great idea to be proactive about inspecting your hot water tank to prevent possible water damage as well as cleanup costs to your house. If you have flood damage in your Yakima residence, Clean Image Services, Inc. is skilled and equipped to deal with any flood damage restoration. Whether it is from a malfunctioning water heater, overflowing sink, or cracked pipe, Clean Image Services, Inc. will always restore your property quickly and efficiently. Call today!