what you can do to reduce heating costs

what you can do to reduce heating costs

When Your Water Heater Goes BOOM! Cleaning Up After A Water Heater Explosion

by Mia Kuhn

Owning a home can be a great investment. However, certain issues will arise that require replacements or repairs. Considering a water heater's lifespan is approximately 10 years, you will most likely need to replace this important appliance at one point. When this appliances does finally die out, it can wreak havoc on your home.

In many cases, water heaters may begin leaking and finally burst. This creates an explosion of water that leads to dangerous electrical issues, flooding, and potential mold growth. If your water heater has gone BOOM, use this cleanup guide before unhealthy and permanent water damage occurs inside your home.

Be Safe with Proper Protection

While surprising to hear, a broken water heater can quickly lead to the growth of mold spores. Without proper protection during cleanup, you may experience irritation to your skin and eyes and breathing problems. To prevent these health concerns, purchase these disposable items from your local hardware store:

  • Safety goggles - Opt for goggles without ventilation holes to prevent mold spores from entering your eyes.
  • Rubber gloves - Gloves that reach your elbows are best.
  • Respiratory mask - Even a small amount of mold and mildew makes breathing difficult. The mash helps filter out mold spores and bacteria to ensure it doesn't enter your airway.
  • Waterproof boots and coveralls - Waterproof footwear and clothing offers the ultimate in protection when dealing with harmful bacteria. 

In addition, ventilate the space prior to cleanup. If possible, open windows and turn on fans to circulate air in and around your home. To avoid shocks or electrocution, you will also need to power down the electricity to the room by flipping the circuit breaker. Lastly, be sure to disconnect power sources to the water heater before removing it completely from your home.

Get Pumped Removing the Water

The best way to remove the water from your home depends on the size of your water heater and if there were leaks prior to its explosion. For smaller puddles, use old blankets or towels to soak up as much standing water as possible. Layer them on the floor to soak up the water before wringing out the excess outside or in your tub. For larger puddles, use a bucket to scoop the water out of your home.

Unfortunately, most water heater leaks or explosions require a more involved method of water removal. A submergible water pump is a great option when you have multiple inches of standing water.  Known as a sump pump, the machine is easy to use and affordable to rent for a weekend project. However, investing in water removal professionals ensures a safe, effective cleanup before damage occurs to your home.

Inspect for Permanent Damage

Considering most water heaters were leaking slowly prior to their explosions, you may be dealing with damage to the room's underlying floors. Water can soak through carpet, wood, and padding quickly, so inspecting the flooring and surrounding walls is smart to determine if there is serious damage.

If you notice the following in your flooring or the walls, you will most likely need to replace flooring and portions of your drywall:

  • Bubbling in flooring or on walls
  • Cracking in flooring, paint on walls, or sheetrock
  • Fading of colors in flooring or wall paint
  • Stains on ceiling or walls

If left unresolved, the moisture under floors and in your walls will lead to mold growth.  

A broken water heater may not seem like a serious issue, but it can be a dangerous, costly, and overwhelming problem for homeowners. When your water heater goes boom, consider using this cleanup guide for safe, effective, and efficient repair without any permanent issues affecting your home and health. However, you can always call a water damage company for professional help.


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what you can do to reduce heating costs

Does your heating bill send you into a state of shock? If so, now is the time for you to begin making changes to your home to bring the cost of heating your home down. In years past, my heating bill was actually more than my mortgage was. It really made getting through the winter difficult for my family. I decided to do something about the high bills. I started with insulation, then invested in some new windows, and I also changed the way that we used our utilities. You can learn everything that I did to reduce my heating bill so that you can cut your heating bill as well.