Imagine waking up to a strange sound. You walk through your house, searching for the source of the sound. With further inspection, you realize it is coming from straight from your water heater. What do you do? If you want to avoid the frantic frenzy and costly repairs that a broken water heater will bring, learn the signs that your water heater is about to burst, how to turn it off if you suspect a problem, and what you should do if it does end up failing.\r\nThe Cause:\r\nWhether gas or electric, water heaters usually last 10-13 years \u2013 if maintained well. Sometimes, a water heater will start leaking near the supply lines, and if you don't correct the leak, it won't just damage the surrounding floor and drywall but also lead to corrosion and failure. Other common causes of water heater failure are internal rust, sediment buildup, and high water pressure. Improper sizing can also cause your water heater to burst unexpectedly, leaving you with a huge, expensive mess.\r\nHow to Prevent a Water Heater from Breaking:\r\nAs with any appliance, frequent inspection can make your water heater last longer. Set an annual reminder to check for moisture or pooling water around the water heater, and tighten any loose fittings you find. If you see signs of water or mold damage or can't find the source of the leak, call the experts at Flood Doctor immediately. The faster you fix the issue, the less damage and cleanup you'll have.\r\nWhat should I do if I think my water heater might break?\r\nFirst thing's first \u2013 turn it off. If you notice any signs that your water heater is about to burst, including any strange noises, immediately shut it off. If it's a gas water heater, twist the dial on the top of the thermostat from the ON to the OFF position. If it's an electric heater, switch the circuit breaker to the OFF position.\r\nAfter you turn off your water heater;\r\nfollow these instructions:\r\n\r\n \tTurn off the water supply.\u00a0Turn the water valve located on your water heater clockwise until it stops. If it doesn't move or turn off, shut off your home's main water supply.\r\n \tDrain your water heater.\u00a0Attach a hose to the drain valve at the bottom of your water heater's tank. Run the other end of the hose to a lower area where you can drain dirty water without risking more damage. Then, open the drain valve. You may need to use a screwdriver or another tool to open it.\r\n \tOpen the pressure relief valve.\u00a0Flip the relief valve handle to prevent a vacuum from forming while the water heater drains. Be careful \u2013 the water may be hot.\r\n \tRinse with cold water.\u00a0After your water heater is finished draining, open the water supply for a few minutes to flush any remaining sediment out of the water heater.\r\n\r\nEven if you think your water heater is in good condition, you should drain and refill it once a year as part of your regular water heater maintenance to keep it working properly and efficiently. Simply follow the steps above, and then close the relief and drain valves and turn the water supply back on to refill it.\r\nWhat should I do when my water heater breaks?\r\nIf your water heater is broken, find a professional to assess the problem right away. If your water heater has burst or you know there's water or mold damage to the area,\u00a0call the experts\u00a0at Flood Doctor. Our\u00a0water damage services\u00a0are available 24\/7\/365 to ensure you get the help you need, right when you need it.