When you have easy access to hot running water, you don’t spend a lot of time thinking about your water heater — but if you wake up one morning to find a flood in your home, do you know what to do? When Texarkana, AR, families need emergency plumbing services, they call Service First Electrical and Plumbing. This family-owned company has been in business since 1967; the secret to their success is their focus on customer service.
Like all appliances, your water heater has a limited lifespan; the tank itself will usually last about 10 years. Naturally occurring mineral deposits in your water can lead to corrosion in both your water lines and tank. Over time, the corrosion can contribute to small leaks — and eventually, a rupture that can flood the area around your water heater. The following steps will help you reduce your stress during this plumbing emergency.
5 Steps To Take When Your Water Heater Bursts
1. Turn Off The Water
Find the cold water supply line that feeds into your water heater’s tank. Turn the valve to the off position to prevent more water from flowing into the damaged tank. The valve will need to be turned clockwise until it can’t turn anymore. Don’t force the valve beyond this point to avoid damaging the supply line.
2. Turn Off The Power
Your water heater’s gas or electric heating element was designed to work underwater, turning itself on and off depending on the temperature of the water in the tank. When the tank bursts, the water flows out, leaving the element exposed and unable to shut itself off automatically. If your heating element is electrical, you will need to turn off the circuit breaker that controls your water heater. If the element is gas powered, you will need to turn off your home’s gas line.
3. Clean The Affected Area
Move personal belongings out of the way to determine what can be salvaged. Use a wet/dry vacuum to remove standing water and run a dehumidifier to help dry out the floors and walls and reduce the risk of mold growth. Be sure to take photos of the affected area and items for insurance purposes.
4. Call Your Insurance Company
Your insurance agent will send an adjuster to inspect the tank and assess the damage to your home. Make sure the adjuster sees your water heater and supply lines to determine whether your policy covers replacement costs.
5. Call The Experts
Emergency plumbers are available 24 hours a day to help you recover and select a replacement water heater that fits into your budget. Visit Service First Electrical and Plumbing online to learn more about their reliable, affordable services. Call (870) 775-1035 to request emergency services or get a quote for a future service.