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Water Damage Abatement: What To Do When Your Hot Water Tank Leaks

Do you find you take more hot showers and long baths when the weather gets colder? We tend to crank up our hot water when the temperature drops, which can be the harbinger of a serious issue that can not only lead to loss of heat, but in the worst case scenario can be the cause of flooding in our homes.

Here we offer some tips on how water damage can occur, how to recognize and prevent it, and what to do if your hot water tank leaks or floods and how a flood restoration company can help with water damage abatement.


How to Recognize Damage to Your Hot Water Tank

You can normally tell if your water tank isn’t functioning properly when only cold water comes out of the taps. Other signs to look out for include increased noise, such as hissing, clanging or banging or rusty coloured and/or metallic smelling water. Another sign of damage is when there is condensation on your tank or standing water located around the base of the tank.


Some of the Causes of Water Damage

Sometimes the damage to a hot water tank can be as simple as a failed heating element, causing your water to remain cold. Increased water usage can also be the cause of more sediment building up in your water heater. This can lead to the metallic smell or rusty coloured water, or the noise coming out of your tank. A damaged anode rod, which is located at the top of your tank, can also be the cause of rusty-metallic water, as it is designed to prevent corrosion in your tank.

Signs of water damage can be caused by a number of factors. Puddles or condensation could mean that your water tank is leaking due to cracks or that there is a loose or clogged valve. A loose temperature pressure-release valve (TPR), which is vital for relieving pressure in your water tank, can not only cause damage to the tank, but can cause it to explode.


How to Prevent Water Damage

If your water is not heating as it should, test your water heater element to see if it is working and replace it if needed. You can prevent the build up of sediment in your tank by flushing out your tank once a year. You should also check your anode rod to see if it is corroded and needs replacing.

If condensation is a consistent problem it could mean that cold air is hitting your hot water tank. Make sure your tank is located in a well-ventilated, dry and heated space. If the temperature drops to double digits in winter, it may help to insulate your water pressure tank and the pipes leading into it with foam or a special blanket. If puddles appear around your tank, check for leaks and cracks, and have them repaired as soon as possible. You may also have to consider replacing your hot water tank if the damage is beyond repair.


What to do in Case of a Flood

If your water tank has sprung a leak or in the worst case scenario, explodes due to a build-up of pressure, make sure to immediately turn off the water supply as well the power or gas off to your water heater and call a flood cleanup company such as Proserve DKI. A water restoration crew can mitigate the damage caused by flooding by cleaning the affected area and drying it with industrial air movers and dehumidifiers.

For more on water damage abatement, learn how to Keep your Pipes Clear.

Proserve DKI is one of the most trusted property restoration companies serving Fort McMurray and the surrounding Wood Buffalo area. If you have experienced a flood and need water damage restoration services, contact our 24/7 emergency line at 1-780-791-3663.