Potential Problems with Your Water Heater

Posted on: April 23, 2015

You may not realize it, but a functioning water heater is one of most important components to keeping your East Lake home from needing plumbing repair services. When your water heater isn’t working properly, you could end up with one of these common problems:

Rusty or Smelly Water

There are two main reasons for rusty or foul-smelling water: corrosion and sediment. waterheaterrepaireastlake

  • Corrosion occurs because the chemistry of the water and high heat of the tank facilitate a corrosive environment, which causes your water to get rusty.
  • As sediment builds up at the bottom of your tank, bacteria breeds and causes water to smell like rotten eggs.

If your water is discolored or odorous, call your local East Lake plumbing repair company to flush out built up sediment in your tank or replace anodes to prevent a corrosive environment.

Noisy Plumbing

There are a few reasons why your water system may be noisier than usual.

  • One possible cause for unusual noise is, again, sediment build up. Sediment build up can cause more than just a foul odor; it makes a rumbling sound when expanding hot water tries to escape from the build up at the bottom of the tank.
  • Another possible cause is expanding pipes. Pipes contract and expand as water flows from the heater, but it can often cause the pipes to rub against other structural elements, such as wood framing. If this problem is coupled with a high pitched noise, almost like a whistling sound, coming from your unit, your pressure may be too high.
  • If what you’re hearing  sounds more like the sizzling sound of water on a hot surface, it either means condensation is forming inside the heater or that it is leaking inside the heater.

Any noises coming from your water heater are cause for concern, so don’t hesitate to call for plumbing repairs immediately. Neglecting proper maintenance could make the problem worse and wreak havoc on your East Lake home’s entire piping system. It’s better to seek help from a professional to be sure than hope it is nothing and goes away on its own.


A leaking water heater can damage your floors, sub-floors, walls, and other structural components, as well as provide the perfect environment for mold to grow in your home. But what causes it?

  • One of the more common causes of a leaky water heater is a loose drain valve, which a technician can fix fairly simply.
  • Too much pressure buildup due to excessively hot temperatures in the tank can also cause a leak, as the pressure forces water to leak out.
  • It could also be your tank’s age; as the tank gets older, rusting and corrosion will eventually allow water to leak out. While this is the kind of wear and tear you expect to happen over time, it doesn’t mean it shouldn’t be tended to as soon as possible.

High pressure related leaks can often be resolved by turning down the temperature, but plumbing repair likely won’t be enough if your tank is leaking due to old age. The sooner you call your East Lake professionals, the less damage will be done to your home’s structure and piping system.

If you suspect your home’s water heater is malfunctioning, call the plumbing repair experts at Midway Services of East Lake today!


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