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Identifying A Corroded Water Heater

A corroded water heater is more than an eyesore — it can lead to holes that can cause your tank to leak. Be sure to check on the condition of your water heater tank as soon as you notice water pooling around it.

Check For A Corroded Water Heater

If you notice a lot of rust, signs of blistering, or water around the surface of your water tank, you’ll want to check for signs of corrosion.

How to check for a corroded water heater

  • Check the drain valve at the bottom of the tank. Make sure it’s closed and that it’s screwed securely into the tank.

  • If there’s water coming from the bottom of the tank, your tank may be corroded, having caused a hole to form in the tank. Time to call a plumber!

  • If you have a gas hot water heater, find the metal sheet cover located at the front of the tank, near the bottom. Remove the sheet by lifting and pulling it outward. Look inside the small glass window with a flashlight. If you see a yellow flame or piles of scale and rusty flakes, it's time to call in the pros for a thorough cleaning of the water heater tank.

Is corrosion the culprit? If not, consider other causes of hot water heater leaks.

What to Do if You Have A Corroded Water Heater

Once you've spotted corrosion on your water heater tank, you'll want a professional to come and replace your old system with a new one. An upgrade is the best way to keep your water and your home safe.

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