June 6, 2016
By Mark Paup

Why Is My Water Heater Leaking?

Updated February 5, 2024

If you spot even a small leak coming from your home’s water heater, or signs of water pooling around the bottom of the water heater tank, don’t dismiss it as a minor issue and wait to do something about it. Even the smallest leak can turn into a large problem if left without a remedy. Small leaks are often a symptom of something else wrong with the water heater that can rapidly become major. Plus, leaking water can always create damage to the floor and subfloors in your home. If you find that your water heater is leaking, you need to call professional plumbers to investigate and solve the trouble as soon as possible.

Reasons that your water heater may be leaking

  • Tank corrosion: If your water heater is more than 15 or 20 years old, corrosion may start to affect the tank and weaken it, leading to water escaping through the bottom of the tank. If this happens, it usually means the water heater has reached the end of its lifespan and needs to be replaced.
  • High water pressure: When the water pressure inside the tank spikes higher than it should, it can often cause water to start leaking out of connection points. There are several possible causes for this spike in pressure such as a broken pressure relief valve, too much sediment in the tank, or the development of limescale along the inside walls of the tank. Repair professionals will get to the bottom of the issue and fix it.
  • Poor initial installation: A water heater should only be installed by professionals. Shoddy work often leads to leaks developing because of a poor job soldering the connections. Repairs will need to fix the connections or replace them.

Golden Rule offers fast water heater repairs in Des Moines, IA. We’re a service provider who will treat your home like our own.

Contact Us Today for Plumbing Service!

If you found this post helpful, check out some other budget-saving tips:

How to Extend the Life of Your Water Heater - Tips for Homeowners
  Why Does Your Water Heater Take Forever to Warm Up? Let’s Fix It! Hey there, fellow homeowner! Have you ever noticed that when you turn on... Read More
Why Test Your Home’s Water? A Golden Rule Perspective  Hey there, fellow homeowner! Have you ever wondered about the quality of the water flowing through your pipes?... Read More
Hey there, homeowner! Have you ever been in the middle of a soothing hot shower, only to have the water turn icy cold? It’s a bummer. Well,... Read More