Have you ever noticed brownish water with a musty odor coming out of the faucet connected to your hot water tank? Water that contains dissolved rust particles appears and smells rusty. Here are a few reasons of rusty water.
2. Corroded Tank Lining
Rust in your hot water tank is a common occurrence. Most hot water tanks are made of steel and iron. With time, due to continuous contact with water and depleting anode rod, this tank starts getting corroded. As the tank corrodes, it flakes off and settles at the bottom of your hot water tank. Eventually, these flakes further break down and produce rusty water. In order to limit corrosion and prevent rusty water, modern water heaters come with an internal coating of glass-porcelain treated with high temperatures. But, even this lining wears off with time and results in the corrosion of tank lining.
3. Internally Rusted Pipes
Many homeowners who face the problem of rusty water, flush the tank annually, replace the sacrificial anode rod and water heater tank, or buy a new water heater altogether. But, they still obtain rusty water from their faucets. This is generally seen in older homes and homes having iron pipes. The inner surfaces of the plumbing pipes that connect the hot water tank with faucets get rusted with time due to continuous exposure to water. The lining of these pipes breakdown and dissolve with the flowing water to produce rusty water.
4. Contaminated Main Water Supply
It often happens that homes with PVC plumbing pipes also obtain rusty water. Water from the main water source, for instance, the municipal water supplying source contains rust particles which even the anode rod fails to oxidize. This way, you may temporarily obtain rusty water even when your hot water tank, anode rod, and plumbing pipes are in good condition.
Though rusty water doesn’t have severe consequences, it often results in skin irritations and inflammations. Rather than assuming the causes of rusty water and worrying about it, call our Edmonton water heater installers. Along with installing new water heaters correctly, we provide water heater inspection and other services. We can help you in identifying the cause and also prevent water from rusting.
Have you been experiencing an unusual sound from some of your plumbing fixtures? The sound of constantly running water? Have you already checked all your plumbing systems and fixtures but still couldn't identify the cause of the sound? It is possible that the sound is because your hot water tank is running. If your water heater is constantly running, there is probably a problem. Here are a few potential problems that your water heater could be having.
Leakages are the major reason why your water heater can run constantly. Hot water tank leaks can occur because of several defects in its system. A drain valve is responsible for flushing the water heater. A temperature-pressure relief valve maintains an ideal temperature as well as the pressure inside the tank. Damaged or old drain valve or TPR valve can also result in leaks from the tank.
Over time, minerals, salts, and debris build up in the bottom of the water heater. If you haven’t drained your tank in a while, sediment buildup may cause your hot water tank to function inefficiently. The sediment deposits flow with the water and try to seep out of even the slightest gap available near the pipe connections. This way, the sediments corrode the system, thus resulting in leaks.
While installing or repairing water heaters, it is often seen that some fixtures and connections are not properly done. Pipe fittings and position of valves or tank are not tightly secured. Water flows easily through these loose connections and results in major leakages. That is when you hear a constant running sound from your water heater. Regular preventative maintenance of the connections may ward off water heater leaks and future repairs.
Aged Hot Water Tanks
The lifespan of most water heaters is about 10-20 years. So, various water heater defects, including running tanks are going to occur sooner or later in every residential or commercial setting. The proper functioning systems of the hot water tanks wear out with time and become less efficient. Therefore, regular inspection and preventative maintenance are essential for proper functioning of hot water tanks. Old pipes, fixtures, connections, insulation, interior parts, etc. become inefficient for the proper functioning of the tanks. And inefficient functioning means the chances of plumbing defects to occur are high.
There is no doubt that running water heaters can cause extensive damage to your home and waste gallons of water. Even a slow yet constantly running hot water tank can cause major water damage over time, if left untreated. Other serious problems that can take place include - decaying floor or walls, and/or damage to the water heater, plumbing fixtures, faucets, pipes, etc. Hence, keeping a regular check on the proper functioning of water heaters is crucial.
But, if you are already having a bad time with constantly running water heaters, it’s time you seek help from our Edmonton water heater installers. Our team of professional water heater technicians will be there instantly to identify and diagnose the tank issues.