Water Heater Leaks and How to Handle Them

February 13, 2002

A small amount of water in the wrong place can lead to a big problem in your “City in the Country” home. If water is leaking onto the floors and/or walls, the clean-up can be horrendous, but the real issue is always finding where the leak is coming from and getting your friendly ace water heater mechanic from Marklein Plumbing on the job. A leak from your water heater can signal a bigger issue, but no need to worry, the team at Marklein Plumbing is ready to tackle any plumbing issue you may have. water heater repair in Poway. If your water heater is leaking, or you’re not sure, call the friendly pros at Marklein Plumbing to schedule your plumbing service and get back to plumbing sanity.

The First Steps

If you’ve traced a leak back to your water heater, you must act immediately. The first step is always to cut the power to your water heater. If you have an electric water heater, turn off the circuit breaker that sends power to it. If you have a gas-powered water heater, find the gas supply and turn it off.

Gas On

Gas on to water heater

Gas Off

Gas off to water heater
Turn off water supply to the water heater.

Water On
Water on to water heater

Water Off
Water off to water heater

Small leaks can be contained but if you find that too much water is coming out, it is best to begin draining the water heater right away. Next, get the best water heater repair in Poway by contacting our friendly staff and team at Marklein Plumbing.

Draining the water heater

Drain Hose ConnectedTo drain the water heater, begin by attaching a hose to the drain valve.

Drain hose connected to water heater
Once the hose is attached and routed to a safe place to drain the water, open the valve and water should begin to drain from the heater but may not begin completely until you complete the next step. In order to drain properly, air must be allowed to enter the water heater as water drains. To accomplish this simply open the Temperature and pressure relief.

Water Heater PositionLever in up position allows air into the water heater while draining

Next step, call the friendly staff of Marklein Plumbing because now, with the power to the water heater off and the tank draining, you are ready for our top-notch technician to provide you with all your most economical repair options and watch the plumbing magic begin!

Find the Source

Okay, this is probably the hard part. When trying to identify the location of a leaking water heater the best thing to do is start at the bottom and work your way up. Inspect where the water is actively leaking from, if possible, and start moving your glance and touch up. Since gravity makes the water go down, once you can identify a dry spot above a wet spot, you are in the right location for the leak. As a general rule, if you can’t see where the water is coming from, you are most likely in need of replacing your water heater. But do not fear! Because when you need quality water heater repair and plumbing service in Poway, Marklein Plumbing is here to help. Poway has the highest quality and friendliest technicians ready to tackle your toughest plumbing project with a grin. Contact Marklein Plumbing and watch the “plumbification” right before your very eyes.

Top Notch

February 2002 – ”City in the Country” Meets “Top Notch”
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Working with hot water and pipes might not sound like your cup of tea, but we love what we do. To get one of our professionals into your home or office and provide water heater repair in Poway, contact us now! We’re always here to help and would love to make your life a little easier.

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