Regular care can keep your water heater in excellent shape to provide your family with hot water when desired. However, problems can occur, making a leaking water heater potentially dangerous.
Risks from a Leaking Water Heater
The quiet, hard-working appliance tucked in a closet of your home can bring harm to your family if not properly cared for. Several dangers exist and should be considered:
- Water Contamination: Rust, bacteria, and debris can quickly leak into your household water lines causing illness.
- Mold/Musty Odor: Water saturating into floors and walls, mixed with Florida’s humid climate, will quickly spread sickening mold spores. Be aware of the musty odor that often appears with mold.
- Electrocution: Water conducts electricity easily and efficiently. Any appliances or exposed wires near a leak can electrocute you, your family, or your pets.
- Explosion: Water heaters have temperature relief valves which release excess water as pressure builds up inside. If the valve fails or is broken, it is possible for an explosion to occur.
Water heaters can fail over time from deposits accumulating on the elements. Sometimes failure is because of age. If you notice that your water is not getting as hot as it used to or there is rust coming through your faucets, it is imperative that you shut off your water heater and call in a specialist for timely repairs. You might have a leak that needs to be addressed quickly to ensure your family is kept safe and damage is minimized.