Water can be one of the most damaging things a homeowner can face and one of the biggest water risks in any home is the water heater. Many water heaters have connections at the top where the steel tank and copper fittings meet. It’s at this point where corrosion often occurs. When it does, it can weaken pipes, resulting in a simple leak or even a catastrophic failure. The latter is often brought about by excessive water pressure and the fast-closing automatic water valves on washing machines and dishwashers.
You can help prevent water heater leaks with a quick inspection of the pipes and fittings at the top, which should reveal any signs of corrosion. We suggest doing this on a regular basis. Should you find any corrosion, call your local plumber. With a trained eye, they can tell if you’re at risk and ensure your plumbing is up to code.