“Should my water heater leak like that?” Regardless of the situation, the answer is probably “no.” Water heaters are designed to be self-contained systems and any water leak is probably a signed that something is worn. In some cases, the “leak” may just be condensation created by a difference in temperature between the inside of the water heater and the outside. Otherwise, you’re probably looking at a leak. A Burlington plumber can usually address leaks fairly quickly. But it helps if you, the homeowner, has some understanding of how the leak arises.
Hopefully, the leak stems from an improper fitting between pipe components, or in spots like the drain valve which can be quickly identified and replaced. The causes of such a leak are myriad, but often stem from worn seals and fittings. In some cases, excess water pressure can make those issue worse, as the breach is opened further thanks to the heightened pressure. Check and adjust your water pressure before contacting a service technician in these case.
A more serious problem can arise if the water tank itself develops a breach. This usually speak to a significant underlying issue, which can mean replacing the entire water heater in order to fix the problem. For example: sediment and build-up can accrue at the base of the tank over time. This acts as a barrier between the heat and the water you need warmed, which in turn increases strain on the outside of the heater (since it’s subjected to greater amounts of heat do make up for the difference). Or the anode rod inside the heater may have corroded to the point where it can no longer do its job, resulting in rust and corrosion on the inside of the water heater itself. In both cases, a little preventative maintenance can help resolve the problem before it starts. Otherwise, you may need to place for a new water heater.
So if you’re asking “is some leaking normal with water heaters?” you probably need to call a plumbing company as soon as possible to look into potential issues. Did you know the professionals at Resolve Rooter offer plumbing services in Burlington? We can handle water heater issues of all varieties, so don’t hesitate to give us a call today!