What To Do When Your Hot Water Heater Leaks

Darn. Your water heater is leaking. But it can be quite expensive to call the electric/gas company to have it fixed. The problem is usually spraying, flooding, or dripping. Here is a step-by-step outline of how to easily fix your leak. If you want to get more information about hot water furnace servicing then, search the browser.

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Spraying Water

If the water is spraying outward, the most likely culprit somehow involves the pressure. In this case, there are three options: 

  • A leak inside of the tank, 
  • Pipes are leaking, or, 
  •  Pipes supplying water are leaking.

Spraying from the tank 

  • Turn off the valve above the heater, which usually takes the form of a yellow lever.

Commercial pipes are spraying  

First, shut off the valve that operates the stream to the broken pipe. Then apply a pipe repair clamp to the pipe. Finally, replace the pipe itself.

Supply pipes are spraying 

Right away, switch off the water supply by rotating its valve clockwise. The valve, usually red, is normally located close to the cold water pipe or next to the heater itself.


If the issue is flooding, it probably comes from either inside of the tank or the heating element gasket.

Leak inside of the tank 

Immediately empty the hot water from it. To flush a tank, turn off the gas valve or electrical power. Then, close the water intake valve and fasten a hose to the drain valve (in the back of the tank), connecting it to an outside drain or bucket.