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Plumbing emergencies come in many forms. The most serious plumbing emergencies tend to stem from gas appliances and lines. Appliances such as the water heater, stove, and other gas-powered appliances should be well maintained in order to prevent decay and malfunction among these devices. Faults along the gas lines can be damaging and even life-threatening. If you believe you are having an issue with your gas line or any of your gas-powered appliances, contact a local, licensed emergency plumber for urgent repair. If you live in or around the Irving, TX, area, contact the staff at bluefrog Plumbing + Drain North Dallas, for all of your plumbing service needs.
The water heater, furnace, and stove are appliances that sometimes require gas to function If you have gas appliances, regular maintenance can prevent emergency malfunctions from occurring. Paying attention to your gas appliances and knowing when to contact an emergency plumber can also prevent issues such as gas leaks from occurring. The water heater can be a contributing factor to accelerated gas line decay for several reasons.
According to data, the water heater lasts an average of 9 to 12 years. With proper maintenance and care, your water heater can last a lot longer. Older water heaters require close monitoring and maintenance due to the higher risk of decay and malfunction. If your water heater begins to malfunction it is important to contact an emergency plumber for immediate repair, in order to minimize damages. The best way to care for a water heater is with preventive maintenance care.
Types of Water Heater Malfunctions to Be Aware of
No Hot Water
Generating hot water is a water heater’s main duty. If there is not enough hot water or none at all, you may have a serious issue at hand. If there is no hot water, the cause of this issue could be a variety of things. One of them is no power or gas to your water heater. If your water heater is electrically powered, chances are, it is an electrical issue causing the lack of hot water.
Gas leaks, thermostat issues, and tank leaks are all possible causes of a lack of hot water. If there is a sudden lack of hot water, contact your local emergency plumber or urgent service and repair. The faster you act, the better your appliances will be.
Water heater tank leaks are serious malfunctions that should never be allowed to occur. Some tank leaks are random and unavoidable, while some are very preventable. Once a tank leak occurs, it will need to be replaced immediately. You should contact your local and licensed plumber in the event of a tank leak. If you live in or around the Irving, TX, area, contact the staff at bluefrog Plumbing & Drain North Dallas, for all your urgent and common plumbing service needs.
Once a water heater tank begins to leak, the entire tank will need to be replaced. Unfortunately, there is no practical way of repairing a water heater tank after it has sprung a leak. Water heater tanks begin to leak for a variety of reasons. The most common reason water heater tanks begin to leak is due to damage caused from the inside. Water heater tanks must be flushed periodically to avoid a buildup of sediment. Once sediment builds up and clumps together, it can begin to cause significant damage from the inside of the tank. This can lead to cracks and damages in the tank, and eventually a leak. If this occurs, you will need to contact a local and trusted emergency plumber for urgent repair and replacement of the water heater tank.
Other causes of water heater tank leaks are age. Old and weathering tanks are more prone to leakage and decay than newer, and well-maintained water heaters. Tanks over 15 years of age are more prone to rotting. Rotting tanks are more likely to occur in older homes, with outdated appliances. If this occurs, you will need to contact an emergency plumber for immediate assistance.
If your tank is rotted, chances are, so are your other appliances. Rotted gas lines and pipes may not work, which can put you and your property at serious risk. All water heaters and appliances powered by gas have emergency shut-offs, if any of the valves become rotted, you will not be able to shut it off in the case of an emergency. If you notice your appliances look old and outdated, contact an emergency plumber for immediate updating of these features. Keeping up with these features can help protect your property and well-being in the case of a plumbing emergency.
What to Do In the Case of Plumbing Emergency
Water heater tank or gas line leaks are serious and can cause serious damage to the property. To prevent damage and further issues, it is important you act fast and efficiently. In the case of a water heater or gas line emergency, you should do the following.
- Shut off the gas by using the gas shut-off valve. If the gas leak is coming from your water heater, you can simply turn off the gas using the gas shut-off valve on the water heater itself. If your water heater is electrically powered simply switch the circuit breaker off.
- Next, you will need to turn the water supply off. If all of your valves are working you should be able to turn it off by turning the valve clockwise until the water stops. If this does not work, you will need to turn the valve to the main water supply off.
- After you have completed these steps, contact an emergency plumber for urgent replacement or repair of your leaking water heater appliance.
Regular plumbing maintenance can prevent many plumbing malfunctions from occurring. The better maintained your plumbing system is the fewer breakdowns you will experience. In the case of an unavoidable plumbing emergency, contact a professional plumbing technician right away. The faster you act, the less damage will occur, and the more money you save. If you live in or around the Irving, TX, area, and are in need of an emergency plumber, contact the staff at bluefrog Plumbing & Drain of North Dallas for prompt and professional service.