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What Are Some Ineffective Leaky Water Heater Treatments?

There are plenty of ineffective leaky water heater treatments out there. In fact, it’s common for people to believe an ineffective treatment is their only option. These are some of the most common ineffective treatments. 

Ignoring the Problem  

Some people choose to just ignore the problem. These people may believe it’s normal for water heaters to leak, or they may just feel like tending to the water heater isn’t worth their time and energy. However, this is one of the worst ways you could treat your leaky water heater, no matter what the problem is.

No matter what, just ignoring a home problem is going to lead you to bad places. Even if it turns out that a specific problem wasn’t that bad, what are you going to do with the next problem, and the next problem, and the next problem? Eventually, you’ll run into a problem that you can’t fix by ignoring it, and that can be harmful. 

Focusing on the Water  

In their attempts to fix the problem, some individuals will focus entirely on the water that’s pooling around the leaky water heater treatment. Most often, these people will be trying to fix the water rather than trying to fix the source of the water. This can lead to a variety of issues, including sopping up water for months.

Obviously, in the short run, it’s important to focus on the water. If you see water sitting in your basement around the water heater, you should sop it up with a towel as soon as you can. However, once you’ve dealt with the immediate issue, you should start to consider what’s causing the problem so you can fix the root of the concern. 

Adding Tape  

In some situations, adding tape may be a great fix or part of a fix for a leaky water heater. This method of inefficient fixing doesn’t mean you’re using tape at all. It refers to the issue that some people have where instead of trying to figure out what’s going on, they just add some extra tape to the joints they think might be leaking and leave it at that.

Especially if your water heater is leaking enough that it’s extremely obvious, it’s unlikely that adding tape will really do anything. Rather, adding tape may just bandage over the problem for a short period of time. What will you do once the tape stops working? Will you just add more tape? This is a “quick and easy” fix that doesn’t really fix anything.  

Replacing the Water Heater Entirely 

It’s true that in some extremely severe cases, you may need to replace the water heater as a whole. However, as with the tape, this isn’t something you should rely on entirely. In fact, it’s almost the opposite of the tape; where the tape is quick and easy, but rarely effective, replacing your water heater is entirely effective, but extremely difficult and often prohibitively expensive.

If you think your water heater problems are so severe that you’ll probably need to replace your water heater, it’s imperative that you talk to a basement waterproofing specialist first. They’ll be able to either confirm or deny your fears by relying on their longstanding knowledge of basement waterproofing issues, which can include leaky water heaters.