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The Three Types of Water Heater Leaks

Water heaters can leak in all sorts of ways. These are important for homeowners to catch for many reasons. If you’ve ever been concerned about the efficiency of your water heater, or something wrong that’s been frustrating you, then it could be due to a water heater leak that needs to be addressed.

We’ve gone ahead and put together a breakdown of water heater leaks that could be causing problems. From large, gushing leaks to tiny pinhole leaks, any problems with water heaters in Champaign, IL need to be addressed quickly with the help of a professional. If they’re not, then you could risk water damage to your home and a dramatically lowered efficiency of your plumbing.

Let’s talk about these different types of leaks. We’ll go over how to notice they’re occurring, what to do when you find them, and how they can negatively impact your plumbing system.

The Pinhole Leak

Pinhole leaks are named appropriately for their size. They’re the tiniest kind of leak you can encounter in your water heater, which makes them incredibly hard to detect. Think about it, sometimes they don’t even leak more than a few drips of water each day. This means you’re going to need to try some new strategies in order to find this leak and have it addressed.

We advise homeowners use their water meters to find these kinds of leaks. Turn off all water-using appliances in your home and pay attention to the water meter. If it still looks like it’s running a little bit, then there’s definitely a leak in your water heater. Don’t worry if you can’t find where exactly the pinhole leak is, a professional can do that with high-tech equipment. Just be sure to call us and mention what you’ve discovered.

The Moderate Leak

Moderate leaks are the kind of leaks that aren’t terrible emergencies that threaten to damage your property at the moment, but that are still large enough to notice. These can be anywhere from a small dripping leak that makes a noise, to a flowing leak that is wasting a good amount of water.

We advise homeowners to first and foremost shut their water off. This will help limit the amount of wasted water from your leak and will give you ample time to call a professional and have it fixed. These kinds of leaks can sometimes seem like they’re not that bad, or like you can wait until the end of the day, but each drip or gush of water will add up to a substantial amount if you let it go for too long.

The Gushing Leak

These leaks are often why homeowners find our blog in the first place. These leaks cause panic, as you see gushing water pouring from one of the largest pipes in your home. What can you possibly do with this much of a plumbing mess?

Well, for starters, you can turn your water off to limit the wasted water and the damage that’s caused. Secondly, you can call for help so that a professional with the right equipment deals with this problem. And thirdly, you can use towels and rags to mop up water so you can halt mold growth and mitigate damage to your home.

Call Pipeworks Inc. today to deal with your leaks of any size.

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