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4 Signs Your Water Heater Is Leaking

water-heaterWhen we think of leaks coming from our water heaters, we’re usually inundated with images of old cartoon leaks where a pipe is spraying water all over the place. While this certainly does occur sometimes, it’s usually not the most common way leaks express themselves. Leaks can be many different sizes, shapes, and produce varying degrees of sound. This makes it exceptionally hard for leaks to be pinpointed or noticed by a homeowner, especially when it comes from your water heater!

Today, we’re going to talk about some major signs that you’re dealing with a leaking water heater. If your water heater in Altoona, IA is showing one of the following signs that there’s a leak, then you’re better off calling one of our professionals for repairs.

Stay Vigilant

Water leaks are a tough mess to clean up. When they’ve been leaking for long enough, you could be dealing with a plethora of expensive problems, from a mold infestation to home water damage. So, stay vigilant and pay close attention to the signs we’re about to discuss.

Sounds of a Leak

This is the most obvious sign of a leak that we’d like to get out of the way first. Leaks can sound like anything from a spray, to a drip, to the gentle noise of flowing water that might be in your walls or floor. If you ever hear water that doesn’t sound like it’s coming from a pipe, then call our team for professional help today.

Wet Spots

Wet spots signal that there’s standing water. This is usually since the wet spot is the last place the water reaches. In the case of a leaking water heater, it usually shows up as a wet spot or puddle just underneath your water heater. Just remember to call for professional help in patching it up.

Check Water Meter

Just because you didn’t ask for the water, doesn’t mean you’re not still paying for it. Water leaks can be expensive, which is why detecting them early on can be a huge help for you and your budget. Luckily, your home water meter can give you pretty clear signs when there’s water leaking. Shut off all your water-using appliances and then check your meter. If it’s showing that there’s still water being used, then you’re likely dealing with a leak.

Check Water Pressure

When water starts leaking from your water heater, it’s going to have trouble supplying the necessary amount of hot water to your appliances. That is a pretty bad thing, but there’s a silver lining. If you notice that your home is struggling with water pressure, it could be your water heater’s way of telling you that it’s dealing with a leak. By calling our professionals, we could have your water heater inspected and any leaks patched up in no-time.

Water heater leaks are similar to regular pipe leaks, except they risk your water heating system as well as your plumbing system. When the stakes are this high, make sure you consult with the pros.

If you’re dealing with a water heater leak, you’d better call Schaal Plumbing, Heating and Cooling, y’all!

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