There are a multitude of ways in which water can damage your home. Even though water damage is mostly caused by external threats, those that come from inside the home can cause equal or even greater damage. Leaks can emerge from many places, but one of the most common sources of water damage is a faulty water heater. Although most homeowners rarely think about it, at some point, all water heaters fail.
Damages Caused by Leaks
The average water heater tank has an estimated lifespan of about eight to twelve years. However, just like any other household appliance, wear and tear gradually degrade the connection pipes and the tank itself. Ultimately, something gives in and water leakage begins. In most cases, the water supply lines for both cold and hot water begin to leak unnoticed. These slow leaks spread damage rapidly over a large area. One common example of this type of damage is saturation of the drywall, which causes dry rot and mold growth.
Under ideal circumstances, mold can grow in forty-eight hours. If you are unable to detect water leakage in its infancy, mold and mildew can quickly spread, requiring expensive cleaning services. In extreme cases, water damage can also necessitate the replacement of an entire drywall. This is especially true when the leakage is not detected at an early stage.
Water Tank Rapture
Another equally catastrophic water heater defect is a complete rupture of its tank. Such a rupture can be caused by the long-term stress caused by expansion and contraction which result from temperature variations. This can lead to a sudden rupture that often happens without warning. A ruptured tank can cause extreme water damage by flooding your home with one or two inches of water. This kind of scenario is even more devastating when the tank is located inside your house, for instance, in the hallway; just imagine the level of devastation that would result from over 40 gallons of water spreading all over your home in a matter of minutes.
There are a few steps that you can take to prevent potential water damage. The first and most effective one is to monitor and inspect your water heater frequently. During the inspection, you need to look out for moisture around the connection system. You should also check for pooling of water on top and at the stand rests of the tank.
Moreover, frequently inspect the wall around the tank and its plumbing connections. If you happen to notice any mold like appearance or a soggy drywall, you need to immediately seek the services of a professional dealing in mold and water damage restoration. Seeking the help of a technician will ensure the timely detection of mold growth in your house, which is important for effective mitigation. A quick and effective response is key to preventing expensive damages.
Another preventative measure is to place your tank in a place where there is minimal risk of damage in the event of a leak or rupture. Relocation can be done during renovation or when replacing the tank. You should also consider placing the tank on a stand that is specifically made for water heaters. The tank should also be replaced before the lifespan indicated by the manufacturer is reached.
Taking preventative measures can minimize the risk of a defective water heater causing water damage to your home. In the event that these measures do not succeed, and your home suffers a leak and/or flooding, you should contact Courtesy Care in Bartlesville, Oklahoma, immediately in order to help mitigate the damage!