What do I do if my water heater is leaking?
If your water heater is leaking from either the bottom or the top you should follow the following steps and then contact a professional to evaluate. If you have a gas water heater you should:
Turn off the gas at the water heater – Turn the temperature all the way down to turn off gas to the water heater.
Turn off the main water supply – Water will continue to leak out of the water heater until the tank is drained. If you shut off the water supply you can prevent it from filling again until a plumber has arrived.
Drain the tank if there is a lot of water – We will drain the tank when we get to your home but if you have a lot of water and want to reduce or avoid any water damage you can drain the water from the tank by connecting a garden hose to the spout at the bottom of the water heater. Run it to a sink or gutter drain. If you have a lot of sediment in the tank and you drain it into your grass or driveway it can harm your grass or stain your driveway.
Electric water heater leak
If you have an electric water heater you should shut the power down to the water heater at the breaker then call a professional.
In most cases when your water heater starts to leak it is probably time to replace your water heater.