No one looks forward to water heater repair and replacement, but it is something that most homeowners will eventually have to face. Not only do faulty water heaters have the potential to cause extensive home damage, but a bad water heater can also lead to serious health concerns for your family.
1. Mold and Mildew
Mold is one of the biggest health risks posed by your plumbing system and water heater repair and replacement may be the fastest and safest solution. While mold manifests itself visibly on ceilings, walls, and floors, it also releases spores into the air which can be inhaled by family members and their pets. If your water heater is getting old, it may be providing bacteria with a viable breeding ground that impacts everyone in the home and may have serious consequences for people with respiratory problems like COPD and asthma.
2. Wet Floors
As water heaters get older, the potential for leaks increases. Leaking water heaters increase the risk of slip and fall injuries along with issues like floor or ceiling deterioration that are unrelated to health– until plaster begins to fall or floors start to cave in. The best remedy is to call for a home plumbing inspection at the first sign of a leak and get the problem corrected before it can develop into a major renovation.
3. Water Quality
A water heater’s tank and internal parts can become corroded or rusty when they get old. If you have noticed that your water smells funny, has an unpleasant taste, or seems to be cloudy or discolored, the problem may be that your water heater is getting old and needs to be replaced. This problem is usually associated with an aging water heater but the deterioration will occur faster if you live in an area with hard water, even if you use water softeners.
4. Reduce Infestations
If your water heater begins to leak a little, it is time to take decisive action. Rodents and insects are attracted to moist areas because they need water to live and insects like flies and roaches need moist surroundings to breed. Coincidentally, rodents are also a major cause for water heater repair because they gnaw at the wiring which can lead to water heater failure or even electrical fires.
Your water heater is a vital component of your home plumbing system, but most water heaters are only rated for 10 to 15 years of service. If your water heater is starting to show its age, now is the time to schedule a home plumbing inspection to determine whether repair or replacement is a viable solution.
Ehret Co. Plumbing & Heating
Ehret Co. Plumbing & Heating provides 24/7 household plumbing services for homes and multifamily buildings. We pride ourselves on our professional and quality work. Contact us through our online contact form or call us at 510-528-4292 for residential plumbing services any time, any day of the week.