A burst water heater can be catastrophic and potentially cause thousands of dollars of damage to your property. Several reasons can cause your water heater to burst, including the age of the tank, a malfunctioning thermostat, and even rust and corrosion. The experts at Disaster Services recommend first understanding the type of water heater installed in your home and the risk factors associated with each class.
Types of Hot Water Heaters
There are two types of water heaters available in today’s market, conventional storage water heaters and tankless water heaters. Conventional, often referred to as traditional water heaters, have a large tank that heats and stores the water until you are ready to use it; the water can be heated using gas, oil, or electricity. The hot water is released when you turn on your faucet. As the water is used, your tank will be replenished with cold water, which your system will heat, ready for you to use the next time you need it. On the other hand, tankless water heaters don’t use a physical tank to store and heat water. Instead, the cold water is heated as it passes through using an electric or gas-heating element. The water is instantly hot and ready to use whenever you need it. Because tankless water heaters do not store water, they are not prone to explode the way conventional water heaters can. That being said, there have been instances where tankless water heaters have exploded, which can also lead to a fire. Professional installation and maintenance for both types of water heaters are always recommended.
What Happens Before a Hot Water Heater Explodes?
Conventional storage water heaters are fabricated from metal and reinforced along the seams to make them strong enough to store large quantities of water. Over time, the seams and fittings can corrode and rust, resulting in leaks and some cases, a burst water heater. Mineral build-up inside the tank or a faulty thermostat could cause the water to overheat, expanding the volume and increasing pressure along the seams. If the seams and fittings have been compromised, the added pressure will eventually result in a leak and, if left unchecked, potentially an explosion. Warning signs and risk factors include: Your water heater is ten years old or more, or your water heater is making peculiar and persistent noises such as rumbling, banging, and clanking. Unusual noises are often caused by built-up sediment calcified inside the tank. Other risk factors include rust on the outside of the water heater, especially along the seams or fitting, or if you notice rusty water when you turn on the faucet. Leaks often indicate something as simple as a breach in the supply line. Still, they could also show something more serious, like a crack in the tank or a malfunctioning temperature/pressure valve. Leaks should never be ignored.
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A leaking or burst water heater needs immediate repairs or replacement, and depending on the extent of the damage, water damage restoration services. The experts at Disaster Services provide water heater installation and water damage restoration in the case of a burst water heater, pipe or other water intrusion. Contact us 24/7 for immediate assistance.