We all know how vital water is to life on Earth — especially when what you need at the end of a tough day at the office is a steaming hot shower. But you also need hot water on tap for the dishes, the bath, and many other uses in a smooth-running household. So if you think you’ve noticed leakage in your hot water system, it’s not something to turn a blind eye to.
Why’s that? Because right now, a hot water system leakage may not seem a big deal. But tomorrow, a hot water system leak can create an almighty mess, a massive bill, and angry family members screaming about cold water coming out of the hot taps.
Hot water cylinder leaking? Deal with it today!
It’s no surprise that many people ignore a leaking hot water tank. Often, it will keep producing hot water and seem like no big deal. But you could have a significant problem just lurking around the corner.
So if you’re tempted to ignore the leaks in your hot water system, may it be a gas hot water system or electric think again:
1. Do your maintenance
An expensive hot water service with an extended warranty means you can trust it will keep working, right? Wrong!
While it may be true that this household appliance is low maintenance and relatively trustworthy, it’s important not to forget all about it. So now and then, give your system a once over — because a water tank leaking is a sign that something is wrong.
Also, pull out the manual and flick to the maintenance section, which will almost certainly include a section about how often to test the relief valve.
2. Investigate your leak
So you’ve noticed your hot water cylinder leaking from somewhere. Not great news. But it’s not the time to panic! We know that a leak can be stressful, but don’t jump to conclusions until you (and your excellent local plumber!) have had a closer look.
Firstly, you may have correctly diagnosed your tank leaking. Also possible is that the drips are coming from somewhere else or just a part of a deeper problem. It could be the hot water cylinder leaking, but it might also be a much more innocent pipe — or something else entirely!
Also noteworthy is that if you’ve misdiagnosed a leaking hot water system, you may still need the help of that friendly local plumber to diagnose another problem with your household plumbing.
3. Bite the bullet and call your plumber!
Even if you’re a whizz with a plunger and a wrench, your leaking tank is NOT an excuse to indulge your love of DIY.
Why’s that? Firstly, because a hot water system isn’t exactly cheap as chips. Secondly, never forget that plumbers and gasfitters have to be licensed for a good reason — because your home and family’s safety is no joke. Next, tinkering with your leaking water tank might also affect your all-important warranties and insurance. And lastly, you could find yourself in hot water if you go it alone and fail to get the mandatory compliance certificate that proves the work is up to Australian standards.
So, don’t change into your DIY overalls for leaking hot water systems; call a plumber instead.
4. Prepare for your plumber’s arrival
But just because you shouldn’t indulge your love of DIY with a water tank leaking profusely, there are still things that you should do before your plumber gets to your place to deal with your hot water systems.
The first thing to do is turn the mains water off to prevent a flood and further damage to your system and property. But only do this after filling up some bottles (and maybe even the bath), so the family can still drink and wash while the work is being done.
5. Also, turn off the power/gas
And when dealing with a malfunctioning appliance, it’s also a great idea to turn the power off. If your leaking hot water system is electric, find the isolated switch that is probably marked ‘hot water’ in your power box. And for a gas system, turn the dial to’ off’ on the unit itself.
Hot water service leaking? We can help with that!
It’s not good news when you discover a hot water service leaking all over the place. But if there is a bright side, Fixed Today is none other than Sydney hot water system experts! Our hot water specialists have accumulated thousands of hours of experience in repairs, maintenance, advice and replacements of electric, gas and solar hot water systems. So don’t ignore that leaking water tank and instead call Fixed Today on 0412 706 575 for all your hot water system issues.