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Fire & Water - Cleanup & Restoration

Hot water heater issues

1/14/2020 (Permalink)

Hot water heater leaked in basement Image of the basement that the hot water heater leaked in to.

Zach and Thomas are doing a job in Jackson where a hot water heater burst in the crawl space. They decided to remove the insulation and are treating the microbial growth for the customer before winter hits.

www.networx.com mentions that water heater tanks are made of steel, and water corrodes steel. If this sounds like planned obsolescence, it is; water heaters aren't designed to last forever. To stave off corrosion, standard tanks have a glass lining and a magnesium anode rod that attracts corrosive elements in the water, sort of like how a no-pest strip attracts flies (the rod should be checked periodically and replaced as needed). But the tank can rust eventually and possibly rupture like the hull of the Titanic. If you discover your water heater leaking from the tank itself, it's time for a new tank.

 If you have a water disaster give SERVPRO a call at (208) 523-5365.

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