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Hot Water Heater- The Small Appliance That Can Cause Major Damage

1/7/2020 (Permalink)

Hot water heater Hot water heaters can cause major water damage in your home.

Hot water heaters are found in every home in Haslet and Fort Worth and are cause for several homeowner's insurance claims every year. A small leak or the failure to maintain the unit can cause thousands of dollars in property damage and disrupt your routine for several days. 

So what can a homeowner do to help prevent such a water damage loss to your home?  Consumer Affairs offers several things to look out for:

1. The age of the unit

Most manufacturers estimate the lifespan of a hot water heater to be between 8-12 years. If your unit is nearing this age, it may be best to replace the unit before a major problem occurs.

2. Water doesn't get as hot 

If the unit only produces warm water, it may be close to malfunctioning.

3. Rusty water

If you notice rusty water coming from the hot side of your faucets, the hot water heater could be rusting away on the inside and needs to be replaced.

4. Rumbling or noisy sounds coming from the unit

Over time, sediment will begin to build up on the bottom of the unit. The sediment causes the unit to be less efficient and can cause further wear and tear. 

If you notice your hot water heater has any of the above issues, it may be time to call a professional plumber and have the unit replaced. If it does leak and causes damage, call our trained technicians at 817-232-3333 to immediately begin drying your home.  

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