The water heater is your lifeline to warm water. Without the heater, you are left with cold showers and cold water to wash the dishes. Most water heaters function correctly for decades, allowing you to improve other areas of the house before replacing the water heater. On occasion, you may detect there is?water heater leaking. Although it is possible to call in a plumber, this generally costs a high rate, as you may be able to fix the water heater yourself. Of course, after a few attempts at correcting the leaking, if the heater still is dripping water, then it is recommended to bring in the water heater expert. Otherwise, if you don’t fix the heater, your?water heater leaking?issues will only get worse, requiring you to purchase a completely new water heater.
Check the piping running from the water heater. This is generally where the leaks occur. It is also the easiest problem area to correct. If the joint is leaking, you may need to replace the seal. First determine what kind of plumbing is used, whether it is PVC or copper. This is the material of the part you want to purchase to replace the damaged equipment. You don’t want to mix and match plastic and metal. You also need a plumbing sealant. This is a glue like substance that is placed around the interior fittings of the new joint and on the current pipe.
Turn off the water running to and from the water heater before beginning the process. You don’t want water to leak out all over the place while repairing the damage. Of course, some water is going to leak out, as there is water present in the pipe before you turned the water off. Have a bucket or large bowl on hand and place it under the joint before disconnecting it. There is a special pipe cutting tool available at any local hardware store, that twists around the pipe. There is a small blade on the interior of the pipe, which cuts off the pipe after a few rotations. It also gives you a clean cut, so it fits into the new joint better.
With the new fitting and sealant, the water leak should stop, should this be the problem area. Just make sure to thoroughly clean off the pipe before attaching the new joint. Otherwise it may not adhere correctly, leaving a space between the joint and the pipe, causing further leaking.
After the new pipe and joint is in place, give a little time for the equipment to dry. It may take a few hours for the glue substance to dry, depending on the item you purchased. Check the product packaging for this information to double check. After a few hours, turn the water back on and check for any leaks. Feel around the new joint to see if water is leaking out of the joint. If you properly installed the new pieces it should be completely dry. Otherwise you need to try again or call the plumber!