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No household appliance works under tougher conditions than your water heater. Water heaters hold and transfer water continuously. When a water heater breaks down, the damage it causes to your home can be expensive

How do water heaters fail?

  • Deposits accumulate on the bottom of the tank that corrode the tank liner and heater elements
  • When the corroded bottom of a tank fails without warning, the water already in the tank and the continuously fed cold-water supply create a deluge
  • If not stopped, this water will continue to flow throughout your home

Signs of water heater failure include:

  • Water accumulation beneath the heater
  • A hissing or whistling sound
  • Chronic hot water shortage

You can minimize the damage from a failed water heater before a loss occurs

  • Have the water heater inspected regularly
  • Install a catch pan with a drain connected to a waste line, sump pump or other means of channeling water out of your home
  • Easy access to controls mounted on the water heater Automatic shut off valve (ASOV)
  • Consider installing a water alarm, which are available from several manufacturers
  • Get a tankless water heater that eliminates the traditional storage tank and heats water directly when there is a call for hot water
  • Install an insulation blanket around the tank to lower energy costs and help reduce the extreme temperature changes that add to tank wear

When the going gets tough, go with the experts

We'll not only fix the problem promptly but will investigate the initial reason of what caused the damage to occur. We have 40 years of experience, and an ongoing commitment to learning new techniques and technologies to achieve the best results for homeowners like you. As one of the industry's "go-to" advisors, we're the company you want on your side when disaster strikes.

If you suspect water heater failure, immediately turn off the water supply and call the experts at ServiceMaster Restore®.