A failing heater can leak enough water to flood an entire floor
Cleveland OH (PRWEB) December 06, 2012
Restoration Local, one of the leading providers of water damage repair and restoration in the United States, is offering tips to property owners on how to prevent or minimize water damage caused by faulty or flooded out water heaters. A failing heater can leak enough water to flood an entire floor, and flooded basements are common. Proper preventive maintenance is necessary to address this threat.
Most water heaters are designed to last around 10 – 15 years with proper maintenance. They are exposed to extremes of heat and cold and in near continuous use, so the likelihood of them failing is great. Once they do fail it is usually the bottom that quite literally falls out, releasing whatever water and sediment is stored in the tank and flooding the immediate area.
As with most mechanical units, proper maintenance is the key. The water heater should be inspected every few months for signs of rust or leaks. Rust is a clear sign that a leak is already present, and water on the outside of the unit or beneath it can usually be traced directly back to a leak that has recently developed.
Sediment will also build up on the floor of the tank over time, and this can have an effect on the corrosion of the unit, eventually causing the floor of the tank to give. Every so often the unit should be partially drained and any sediment buildup removed. Doing so will easily extend the life span of the unit by several years.
Water heaters should ideally be located on the lowest level of any home, or in the garage for single level dwellings. They should be placed over a floor drain to minimize any potential flooding damage. If there is no floor drain immediately accessible, then a drainage system should be devised to remove any excess water from the location of the tank and drain it somewhere outside the home.
Small leaks may be repaired if caught early, but this is still a sign that the unit is beginning to break down and plans for a new water heater should be made.
Based in Cleveland OH, Restoration Local is one of the leading providers of water damage restoration in the country, with service in 30 states and more being added every month. They are available 24/7 and all work is guaranteed.