Water heaters are an essential part of our daily routines. No one wants to use cold water to wash hands, clean homes or take showers at any time of year, especially in the winter. But maintaining a water heater is probably not something most people think about often.
Regardless of a water heater's age, visual signs of rust on the outside can be a warning sign that it needs to be replaced. Rust and corrosion on the outside of a water heater means that the rust has already eaten through the inner-most fiberglass lining, insulation and made its way to the exterior. This deterioration cannot be reversed or repaired and can lead to leaks or breakdowns, depending on the extent of the exterior rust involved.
Hot water heaters come in different sizes and hold different amounts of water. However, households are commonly equipped with 30-to-80-gallon tanks. In the event of a break that much water could seep through lower levels, cause floors to buckle and pool up in finished basements causing quite a bit of damage.
If you notice any signs of damage or rust in your water heater, it may be a good idea contact a plumber to discuss maintenance or replacement options.
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