My Hot Water Heater Ruptured, Now What?

As a homeowner, you take pride in your house, insure your possessions, and work to keep your home in tip-top shape.  Everything is running smoothly and then, bam!  Your hot water heater fails.  Water has flooded your basement and your lovely furniture and belongings are sitting in inches of a daunting disaster.  You’ve called the plumber and insurance company, but what should you do next?

In the event that you find yourself with wet floors, drywall, and furniture, it is important to contact a water damage restoration company as soon as possible.   Water creates a breeding ground for mold so the faster the cleanup, the safer you and your family will be.  Worse, water damage is a top contributor to property loss.  Whether it is a slow leak or a fast flood, having the right professional help will ensure your home retains its value.

At RestorePro, our cleaning technicians follow a proven process to protect your property.  We inspect and assess the damage, remove excess water, apply an anti-microbial sanitizer, place fans to optimize the drying process, and use a dehumidifier to rid the moisture in the air all while monitoring the drying process.  Our team does the hard work so your life and home can get back to normal in a timely manner.

So, what now?  Once your home is restored, here are a few recommendations we have to keep your new or repaired water heater running longer, therefore minimizing the event of a repeat mini flood.

  • Check the valves and pipe connections for leaks a few times a year.
  • Open up the pressure relief valve for a couple seconds and then let go. Hot water should come out of the overflow pipe.
  • Drain a bucket or two of water from the faucet at the bottom of the tank to remove sediment buildup. Overtime, sediment particles help attribute to rust which is not a friend to your appliance.

If you feel like this is a DIY project beyond your skills, call a professional.  There are many plumbers in the area that can provide maintenance services.  A simple plan executed year after year will help decrease the potential of a broken water heater and save you time, money, and frustration.

If you find yourself in the unpredictable catastrophe of a ruptured hot water heater, feel confident that the pros at RestorePro can eliminate your headache with a quick call. Your rapid response to the damage caused by water will keep your home free of environmental hazards that water and mold create.  Massachusetts residents can reach us at 781-664-9800 and New Hampshire residents can call 603-253-2068. Visit us on our Facebook page at to learn more about our professional cleaning services