Hot Water Heater Leaking?

Hot Water Heater Leaking?

hot water heater leakHot water heater leaking? It is certainly an unsettling feeling. You happen to take a quick peek at your hot water heater and realize a puddle of water sits around it. If it is an older hot water heater, the leak is an almost sure sign that it needs to be replaced. Do not hesitate. If you fail to act quickly, the tank could rupture and a flooded basement—with the resulting water damage and property damage—will likely be in your not-too-distant future.

Big Risks Lurk

A leaky hot water heater can turn into a disaster for numerous reasons. Some of the most serious consequences include: burns from the heater immediately after the explosion; electrocution when the water makes contact with the nearby wiring and power outlets; and fire when all that water hits the electrical system.

The wet basement also can destroy rugs and carpeting, wood, metal, and your personal belongings, as well as lead to the growth of mold, which should not be ignored. It can be toxic, bringing on myriad health problems, such as upper respiratory tract infections, fungal infections, cold- or flu-like symptoms, and pulmonary hemosiderosis.

Steps to Take in a Basement Flood

Water removal and water clean-up is not necessarily easy to do, but it is a crucial step to take for the safety and well-being of your home and, most importantly, your family. If the hot water heater leak poses no immediate danger from burns, electrocution, or fire, you can take the following steps for flood damage repair:

1. Open the doors and windows to start air circulating, if the humidity is not too high. In addition, use high-powered fans to improve the circulation.

2. A dehumidifier will help with water extraction by removing water vapor from the air.

3. A sump pump can remove standing water that is a few inches deep.

4. A wet/dry shop vac will suck water from the rugs and wall-to-wall carpeting.

5. Put wet furniture and rugs outside and let the sun do its work. Remove linoleum flooring and throw out the soaked insulation.

6. To stop the deterioration of saturated books and precious photos (and to prevent mildew and mold growth), place the items in plastic bags and temporarily put them in a frost-free freezer.

7. Desiccants like clay, silica gel, and calcium oxide will absorb the moisture. Place water-permeable packages of desiccants and the soaked items in sealed areas or airtight containers.

Seek Outside Help

When the job is too great to do on your own, it is often best to let the experts handle the task. Environmental Consulting Group Inc. (ECG), which has Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (http://www.iicrc.org), can tackle all your flood repair and water damage restoration needs.

With emergency 24-hour service available, our highly trained staff uses the latest technology to perform water extraction and removal; dry out impacted areas; deodorize and dehumidify; and take care of mold and mildew remediation. With ECG, you don’t have to manage flood damage restoration alone.