WTF? I am walking down the stairs to my basement, when I hear
I get to the bottom, and there is a puddle on the floor. Looks like a
gallon of water has been spilled (some old carpet underlay has managed
to soak up the rest).
Confused, I search for the source of the water....only to discover
that the side of my hot water heater has buckled out on the vertical
seam, approx. 2 feet off the floor. It's 7 years old.
Ummm...I don't understand...isn't the pressure relief valve supposed
to prevent this sort of thing from happening? Does anyone have any
ideas on why this might happen?
Anyway, I shut off the cold water intake, turned off electricity, and
flipped the T&P valve to release any remaining pressure (seemed to
work ok, as I got some nice dirty water to exit the tank, which turned
to clear after a couple of seconds). No more leaks (yet); I hope it
Any advice would be appreciated, as I have never experienced anything
like this before!