A properly working water heater is vital for your business to operate. But what happens if your tank begins to leak? A leak anywhere in your building can be devastating, and water heaters are no exception. Let's take a look at the steps you should take after discovering a leak in this area.

Cut Off Power

Your water tank is attached to a power source. If you have a tank that operates on gas, you can find the switch near the gas line connected. If it’s run on electricity, then go to the breaker labeled "water heater" and switch it off.

Shut Off Water

Is the tank dripping water, or is it coming out profusely? If the water is flowing out of the heater, you can't afford to let it go, so you should shut your water off until help arrives. According to Plumbing Manufacturers International, almost 14% of water usage can be traced to leaks.

Document Damage

You must document any damage resulting from the leak immediately. See if you can locate the leak on the water heater and photograph it if you can. Do the same wherever water has pooled around the area. You may need this documentation for insurance purposes. After all, water damage can affect the structure of your building, breed mold, and be very expensive to repair. However, with proper documentation, your property insurance should cover it.

Look Into Replacement

In many cases, repairs won't be sufficient to fix a leaky water heater. If your heater is too far gone to repair, it's time to start researching the best options for replacement. Keep in mind that commercial water heaters need to meet different requirements than residential water heaters, so it's critical to work with a supplier offering products specifically designed for commercial use.

A leaky water heater isn't something you should brush off. Every moment that leak isn't fixed wastes money and causes damage. You also don't want your commercial property suffering from water damage such as ruined floors, ruined drywall, or mold. If you need a new water heater for your business, Miami Water Heater has what you need. Contact us today to learn more about the many high-quality options we have available for your convenience.