You pull your car in the garage after a long day at work to find water around your water heater flowing slowly toward the garage door. You automatically assume the water heater is leaking, but not always is that the case. The average water heater lasts about 10 years although sometimes you have a heater that lasts shorter than that. If your heater is newer but your home is older (built in the 90’s or earlier), It could very well be a slab leak or a wall leak. Behind most water heaters are what’s called a manifold system. This is where the hot and cold water is dispersed throughout your home. It’s also a common spot for plumbing leaks to occur. There are also cases where below the slab in that area develops leaks in the piping and the water will work it’s way up into the garage. Before your Orlando plumber installs a new water heater, it is always good practice for them to check the wall behind the water heater to rule out a possible wall or slab leak. If the wall is wet or water is coming from the wall, chances are your heater is fine and you have a leak in your piping. You should then be prepared to either fix the leak, which is usually involving moving the water heater to access the leak and either cutting and replacing the manifold or chipping the floor up and repairing the leak in the floor. Both of these options can usually be labor intensive and costly. Sometimes, the best option is to repipe your home, especially if you have had previous leaks in your home. If you need a plumber in Orlando or central Fl give Drain Genie Plumbing Services a call at 407-490-1230.
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