Having a leaking water heater is something that requires professional repairs. Even a small leak can spread fast and cause major damage in a short time. If you notice one, you’ll need to call a professional, but even before you do that, there are a couple of steps you should take. In this post, we’ll explain how you can minimize the damage before help arrives.


The first step is to figure out the location of the leak. This is pretty simple. It’s either at the spigot on the tank (also called the drain valve) or it’s somewhere else. If the leaking is at the spigot, that’s good news for you because it could be an easy fix. However, if it’s anywhere else on the tank or the line, you’ll likely need some significant repairs or, possibly, a new tank.


Next, you’ll need to turn off the water supply to the tank. This will prevent further damage to your home while you wait for the plumber to arrive. On an electric water heater, first, turn off the power to the tank at the circuit breaker. Gas heaters will have a switch that will need to be turned off.

Once the power or gas is off, you can turn off the water at the valve on top of the tank. Just pull the lever or adjust the dial to stop the water flow. Be careful not to touch the tank – it may still be hot!


Once you’ve located the leak and turned the water off, it’s time to give The Bosworth Company a call! Our expert technicians can assess the problem and tell you exactly what’s needed to get it fixed. We can then make the repairs or install a new water heater for you – you can even make the upgrade to a state-of-the-art Noritz Tankless Water Heater. You can read more about tankless water heaters in our equipment page and can reach us at 432-570-5233 or schedule an appointment online. The Bosworth Company. Worth the Call. Always.