One of the top causes of residential water damage is ruptured water tanks. After paying the deductible, they are costing homeowners an average of $4,444. Today, we at Disaster Services would like to discuss the water heater bursting including top causes and what steps you should take.
What Would Cause a Hot Water Heater to Burst?
Buildup of Sediment. Hard water carries minerals that, over time, can accumulate in the bottom of your hot water heater’s tank. It places an excessive strain on the heating element as this sediment builds up, it creates a layer between the heating element and the water itself. This results in overheating that can compromise the integrity of the tank, eventually. You could have sediment buildup in your tank if your water heater makes a popping or knocking sound as it warms up. You can prevent this issue by having a plumber drain and flush the tank every year.
Excessive Pressure. Generally, water heaters are designed to handle pressure. However, excess pressure within the tank can cause it to burst. Safety features can wear down over the years as modern water heaters feature built-in temperature and pressure relief (T&P) valves. Your hot water heater probably has a pressure problem if your T&P valve opens frequently or has begun to leak. If your water temperature is set too high, which is above 120-125 degrees, pressure problems can also occur.
Corrosion. Though highly durable, it does eventually rust as modern water heater tanks are constructed from steel. Most water heaters feature a sacrificial anode rod to combat this problem, which is designed to help protect the system from rust. Anode rods eventually break down, and the tank will begin to rust soon after. Your tank is probably rusting on the inside if your hot water comes out of the tap with a brown tint. This will lead to corrosion that can cause the water heater to fail or burst, eventually.
What to Do After Water Heater Bursts
Follow the steps below if your hot water heater burst.
1) Halt the Water Flow. Stopping the water from flowing. The water supply line that runs into the water heater needs to be located. Twist the valve clockwise to cut off the water supply. Turn off your home’s main water supply if you can’t find the valve.
2) Flip the Power Off. It creates a serious electrical hazard when there is a broken water heater can create a large pool of water. A fire could start when your water heater’s electric or gas heating element may continue to run after the tank fails. Find the breaker for the hot water tank in your main breaker box and turn it off. Shut off the gas supply line at the source if your hot water heater is gas-powered.
3) Contact a Reputable Restoration Company. To begin the restoration process, contact a trusted water damage restoration company in your area like Disaster Services. In order to help you restore your space and prevent additional damage, our experts can help clear the water, dry the impacted areas, and manage potential mold growth.
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In addition to helping with the restoration service, Disaster Services can replace and install the water heater and help you avoid bursting scenarios in the future. Call Disaster Services today to get started! The quicker we can respond to disaster, you can minimize the damage.