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Water Heater Burst Cleanup

You don’t spend much time thinking about your water heater, do you? Most people take hot water for granted if it’s there when they need it. That is until something goes wrong. A ruptured water tank is one of the most common causes of residential water damage, costing homeowners an average of about $4,500 after deductibles. If they have insurance. The water heater is an essential part of our homes and offices, but if it bursts, it can cause several problems. It takes less than 48 hours for the water from a burst water heater to begin creating mold spores. Any amount of mold spores eaten can cause serious health problems.

Call Revive right away if you have a blown water heater.

Water Heater Flood Damage Clean Up

Please contact us immediately if you see any signs of water leaking from your water heater. The unexpected failure of a water heater in your home or office can cause gallons of water to saturate the space, causing further damage and allowing toxic mold to grow. Once this occurs, it’s crucial to get the clean-up done quickly to prevent further damage. A water heater that gushes out water can cause porous surfaces such as carpeting to rot and smell within a short period. You may need professional water restoration services if your water heater bursts.

In addition, this can lead to structural damage to your home and even mold growth on your furniture, walls, floors, and other items. Even though it may seem like you can handle the situation on your own, you should hire a professional water cleanup service. When you call Revive, you get expert help immediately. You don’t want to try to fix the situation yourself. Our technicians use state-of-the-art equipment such as extractors, dehumidifiers, thermal inspections, and dryers to remove and clean up water from burst water heaters. Get in touch with us as soon as possible if you have a broken water heater that is leaking all over the floor!

Signs A Water Heater Is Failing

Even though it’s hard to tell when a water heater will fail, there are signs that it’s not working properly. A water heater that is past its prime is likely to fail, but what about one that has always worked perfectly? Water heaters can break down or burst for no obvious reason, but there are underlying explanations for why they might fail.
This applies to both the exterior and interior of the water heater. A water leak is indicated by rust corrosion on the outside of your water heater. The first thing you should do if you see rust on your water heater is phone a professional right away. Rust on the interior is a little more challenging. Water heaters have what’s called a galvanic anode, or sacrificial anode. To prevent corrosion, a galvanic anode is placed in the water heater. These components are fantastic, but they will eventually need to be replaced. Water heaters can rust when they are not replaced.
The most common cause of water heater failure is sediment buildup. Hard water tends to cause this, though sediment and mineral deposits are caused by heating water. As sediment settles at the bottom of the water heater, it causes a buildup that hinders its performance.
Following along from sediment buildup. The typical sounds of a broken water heater include clunking, popping, whining, and knocking. Sediment buildup at the bottom of the tank is often to blame for these noises.
Long-term damage to a water heater can be caused by having an incorrectly sized unit. It is extremely important to find the right size water heater for your home or business. Your water heater will work harder if you purchase a small water heater.
Water heaters that leak are usually the first signs of failure. There is usually a pool of water near the base of the water heater’s tank when it occurs. Most leaks occur in tanks over six years old. The deterioration of a water heater can accelerate quickly if there is leakage around the tank. If it’s ignored, the resulting leak can cause serious water damage. Or worse, flood damage!
Another of the most common signs of a broken water heater is that it produces water that is not at the right temperature. Water either doesn’t get hot enough or gets too hot. Sometimes, adjusting the thermostat on the unit to 120-125 degrees is all that is needed to solve the problem. Sometimes, however, the problem can be caused by a broken heating element.

How to deal with a burst water heater:

You just had your water heater burst. Keeping calm and following these steps will help you:

1. Turn off the water supply

The first thing to do is to stop the water from flowing. Water heaters are supplied with water via a water supply line. The valve can be turned clockwise to shut off this line. Your home’s main water supply should be turned off if you are unable to locate the supply line. If you do this, you will stop the flow of water and prevent further damage to your home.

2. The power should be turned off

A broken water heater can create a large pool of water, which poses a serious electrical hazard. Additionally, your water heater’s electric or gas heating element may continue running after your tank fails, potentially causing a fire. Keeping this in mind, turn off the breaker for the hot water tank in your main breaker box. Gas-powered water heaters should be shut off at the source of the gas supply.

3. Start the Cleanup Process

If you 100% know it’s safe to do so, you can help mitigate the water damage. If you are unsure, move to the next step. Clean up standing water as soon as possible. Soak up standing water with towels, and place fans in the affected area to promote airflow. Again, to reiterate, as this is vitally important, make sure you only begin cleaning if you’re sure it’s safe to enter the area and the water heater is no longer a threat.

4. Contact Revive. Your Trusted Restoration Company

Last but not least, contact a trusted water damage restoration company in your area, such as Revive Water Damage Restoration, to begin the water damage restoration process that came from the burst water heater. We offer 24/7 emergency services from roof leaks, to water heaters to flood mitigation. We will work quickly to restore your space and prevent further damage. We can also help you file a claim and begin the insurance claim process with your insurance company.

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