Failing Water Heaters Will Cause Water Damage

water damage cleanup fairfield county, water damage fairfield countyIt’s not that the water is cold, it just but never gets hot. Or your hot water comes out rusty, muddy or discolored. When your water heater makes a rumbling noise, or if the water has a metallic smell or taste, your hot water heater is on its last legs. You need to find a solution before a water leak damages your home. 

A review of homeowners’ insurance claims resulting from water heater failures from multiple insurance companies revealed that water heater failures cost an average of $4,444 per incident after the deductible. Failures of water heaters located on the first floor or second floor resulted in 33% greater losses than those resulting from water heaters in basements. 

Other expensive factors influence the “how” and “when” of failure. Supply line failure was the cause in only 10% of claims, but these claims typically were 60% higher than those caused by leaking or bursting. Approximately 9% of all water heater failures occurred in unoccupied homes, resulting in 49% higher claims.

Why do they fail? 

  • Anode rods rust, or “are consumed” in the place of the metal they protect. Replace them when needed.
  •  When water is heated, mineral deposits separate and settle onto the bottom of your water heater tank. Sediment builds up over time, reducing your water heater efficiency and eventually causing damage.  
  • Water pressure that’s too high can damage your water heater, as well as your pipes and other appliances. If you notice water leaking from the overflow pipe on the side of your water heater, you may have an issue with excessive pressure.
  • Water heaters typically last about 8 to 12 years. If your water heater is at the end of its life span, consider proactively replacing it with a newer, more energy-efficient model.

Two Types of Heaters

When replacing a water heater, you’ll learn about some new technology. As consumers balance the need for water with the cost of keeping water hot 24/7, the market has developed two solutions. Some homes use both the old style and add a new unit as well.

Tank-style water heaters can keep 40–80 gallons of water hot and ready for use, so you can use the shower, dishwasher, kitchen sink and washing machine all at once. Gas water heaters use natural gas to heat the water you need quickly, while electric water heaters use electric coils When the tank is depleted, though, it can take an hour or more to replenish the supply

Tankless water heaters begin heating water when you turn on the hot water at a faucet or appliance.Tankless heaters can be electric or gas, but instead of heating an entire tank, they heat water on demand. An on-demand unit won’t run out of hot water, but it can’t supply more than one–two fixtures at once.

For your Plumbing Emergency in Fairfield County 

Even small plumbing problems like simple leaks can result in major disasters if left unattended. When you have standing water in your home, or you can’t stop the flow, you need to call a plumber. Fairfield County Plumbers realizes that it is not your fault that you had an after-hours emergency; you shouldn’t have to pay an extra penalty for it. You will simply pay for the products and services needed to repair the problem


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