Most don't "burst" suddenly, but I've seen cases where they started
leaking very substantially with no warning. I had one go here about
6 years ago. I woke up in the middle of the night and heard and odd
buzzing. Turns out, it was the sound of water flowing through the
cold water pipes and out the water heater, like the sound you might
hear sometimes from a partially open water faucet.
On Jun 11, 12:36 pm, firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
After a flooded basement I replace heaters before they leak.
I wasnt home when heater started leaking, some paper and part of a
plastic bag floated over the main basement drain, water filled
basement to over a foot, and filled driveway which slopes towards
house. the driveway drain pump choose that time to fail, submersible
it filled with water shorted out, and took out a breaker.
I came home to water filled driveway basement and garage, spilling
down the street to a storm sewer.
water heaters are cheap in comparison to all the mess of that day.
I replace them in nice weather, on my schedule.
hey its about 50 bucks a year, less than one decent candy bar a
plus its one less thing to worry about, and new heaters are more
my current one is about 8 years old, and rumbling which means its
accumulated sediment, and around here draining gains nothing.
it gets replaced this summer.
i helped a friend once his died in zero weather on a christmas holiday
with houseguests coming
no fun dont go there..........
i call it preventive maintence. others prefer to wait for the flood:(
Last summer, I was getting ready for work and noticed that I had almost no
hot water (had to open the hot side almost all the way). After the shower,
I went to the basement, thinking maybe the pilot had gone out.
On the way down the stairs, I heard what sounded like water running in the
basement. When I got down there, there was a stream from the water heater
to the drain (fortunately, the drain was only a couple of feet away).
What had happened is that it rusted through into the middle flue area.
There hadn't been any obvious signs of corrosion on the connections or
outside of the tank.
Of course, the tank was something like 12 years old when we bought the house
5 years ago, so I figured we were on borrowed time. At least it wasn't a
holiday or anything, and I was able to do the work myself (took a few days
of washing up at the kitchen sink, using water heated on the stove..)
As far as "signs that the end is near", I would probably look a lot at the
age of the tank. From what I've seen on the net, 10-15 years is about
normal. I went with the 12 year warranty model, so I figure I should be
good for at least that long...
Maybe check with neighbors to see what kind of life they're getting on the
water heaters, since water quality can make a difference, too.
And it's virtually no trouble to write the date you installed the sucker
with a felt-tip marker on the side of the tank.
For that matter, you can write the dates you drain it. There's lots of room.
If you write small.
you can call the tanks manufacturer, with the model and serial number,
that will show the manufacturer date.
you can also buy a water alarm that will scream when the tank leaks,
of course that only helps if somone is home./
much depends on peace of mind and how much damage a leaking tank can
Here's a sign! Wake up just before dawn: for a whiz, hear water
running, forget about it and go back to bed. Just figure the
sprinklers are running for the lawn.
Wake up and then find the WH had leaked all night...even after you
went back to bed.
They're going about it pretty quietly.
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Some people think the goal of the war on terrorism was to capture Osama ben
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The sheiks of Araby, the president of Pakistan, the head of Monkeystan,
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