There’s nothing like a hot shower after a long day or on a cold morning! When it comes to your hot water system you don’t realise how much you rely on it until it isn’t in proper working order. Unfortunately, a leak can turn into a big problem and could lead to you having no water at all. Even the smallest leaks can indicate a larger issue within your system that can get worse over time if left unchecked.

What to do

If you notice a leak or pooling water around your hot water system, the following steps can assist you in effectively diagnosing and mitigating the issue.

  1. Identify the leak
    Where is it coming from on the hot water system? Ensure it is actually coming from your hot water heater and not another pipe nearby.
  2. Minimise the flow
    Turn your water off at the source to stop unnecessary water waste and additional costs.
  3. To repair or replace?
    Determine if your system needs a simple repair or to be fully replaced. Take into account it’s age, physical state and history of leaks. If this has happened before it may be worthwhile to replace it and avoid further issues in the future.
  4. Call in the experts
    You’ve made it this far in determining the issue! Now it’s time to bring in the professionals and fix the issue for good.

Common causes

Even though hot water systems can last 10+ years, leaks are quite common. The following causes might be relevant as to why yours isn’t functioning properly.

  • Internal tank leak
    The most common cause of a leaking hot water system is usually the tank itself. If you can see water coming out, this means there is an internal problem and a broken component is allowing water to pool out. The amount of water being expelled usually indicates the severity of the issue.
  • Pressure relief valve
    Hot water systems have a pressure release valve that let out small amounts of water to release the pressure within the tank. If this valve is unintentionally leaking it will be allowing more water out than usual. While it is normal for this valve to let out a small amount of water here and then, it shouldn’t be a continuous stream. If there is enough water to form a puddle, it may need replacing.
  • Loose pipe joints
    Hot water heaters last a long time, so over the years it makes sense that the fittings may come loose. Harsh weather can also be a factor in the creation of leaks in these joints. Depending on the type of system you have, these can sometimes be repaired, otherwise the entire system may need to be replaced.

If your hot water system has leaked and created damage beyond repair, Kase Building Group can perform an onsite assessment to determine the extent of the issue and work with you to find a solution that will have your household back in working order in no time! We offer specialised building services to restore and repair commercial and residential properties from small emergency repairs to large scale construction works.