Is Your Hot Water System Leaking? Here’s How to Fix It
A leakage in your hot water system is a disaster waiting to happen. Imagine standing around in a flooded home holding a skill-high utility bill and wishing you had read this article. How about we equip you with all the helpful information you need to prevent leaks from happening before they quickly turn into an emergency plumbing situation?
Does Your Hot Water System Have Leaks?
If so, then this is a clear indicator that your hot water system needs to be serviced or requires a replacement as your top priority. You see, leakages can greatly affect your hot water system and the space around it.
Typically, leaks start from the outlet or inlet connections of hot water systems, and in some cases, may also be found over the pressure relief valve or the unit itself. If these leaks aren’t repaired promptly, they can lead to health issues and could cause mold to grow over your valuables.
If Your Hot Water System Is Leaking, Here’s What You Need to Do
Since we’ve introduced you to the most common origins of leaks in hot water systems, here’s how you can fix them before they turn into irreversible chaos:
Step #1: Identify the Source of the Leak
For Pressure Relief Valve Leaks
Leaks are most commonly known to occur around the Thermal Expansion or Pressure Relief Valves, which are also known as T&P Valves. If you have identified this leak, then this means that there is an excessive amount of pressure inside your tank.
In order to fix this problem:
- Use the P&R valve to relieve excess pressure (by setting it to 150 PSI or 210 degrees)
- Lift the valve a couple of times to clear blockages that may be causing the leak
- If the leak is spraying out scalding hot water, then chances are that the valve is worn out and you need to call a professional to replace it (click here to book an appointment for prompt repair or replacement services).
Leaking/Loose Water Supply Joints
The plumbing pipes and joints above and around the water heater are another common place to find leaks. Even though leaks in these pipes have nothing to do with a malfunction in the water heater itself, it is still an early sign that your hot water system is close to its age for replacement.
Issues With the Drain Valve
If you can spot leaks directly from the drain valve, then you should try to tighten it with the help of a spanner until the leakage has stopped. Make sure, however, that you don’t tighten it so much that it distorts the fittings and causes a new leakage.
Step #2: Turn Off the Main Water Valve
The only surefire way to stop a leak from causing a mess inside your home is to turn off the water supply (and the gas supply) to the hot water system. For this reason, you should turn off the main water valve that leads to the inlet pipe of your heater until an expert arrives at your doorstep.
Step #3: Call an Expert for Hot Water System Repairs
Visit Same Day Hot Water Service’s website to browse through major brands of hot water systems alongside all the services required to have an uninterrupted supply of hot running water. You can also call their experts for advice or bookings at 1300-721-996.