Leaking Water Heater- Winter Park, Florida

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A leaking water heater can be messy business, especially when leaking turns into flooding. That’s what happened for a homeowner in Winter Park, Florida, right in the middle of her Easter weekend plans. This homeowner had guests in town for the holiday, and unfortunately, somewhere in the middle of the fun, the water heater’s slow leak burst into a river flowing through her home.

Understandably, the homeowner was very upset, and called Joe Taylor Restoration after hours to address the mess. Our technicians performed a thorough physical inspection using thermal imaging cameras and several moisture meters. These instruments detected elevated levels of moisture in a large portion of the house: the foyer, family room, hallway, master bedroom, master closet, water heater closet, guest bathroom, and the two guest bedrooms her friends and family members were staying in.

The homeowner requested that we wait a day to begin the drying process in order to give her guests a chance to pack up and head home. We, of course, were happy to oblige, and got to work when the homeowner was ready.

Unfortunately, in this case, the water damage was severe and we were not able to save the hardwood flooring in the master bedroom. In addition, all affected baseboards, a section of built in shelving, some laminate flooring, and carpeting had to be removed in order to dry the sub flooring. The affected drywall was vented to effectively dry the structure, and all necessary mechanical drying equipment was deployed.

If you find yourself in a similar situation, here are a few quick tips for How to Fix a Leaking Water Heater:

Step 1: Determine the Source of the Leak

Step 2: Turn Off the Power

Step 3: Turn Off the Water Supply

Step 4: Determine the Location of the Leak

Step 5: Repair or Replace


The homeowner’s leaking water heater definitely put a damper on the holiday festivities, but at least Joe Taylor Restoration was able to fully dry the home and keep mold from becoming an added problem and expense. If your leaking water heater turns into water damage, first follow the steps above, then contact Joe Taylor Restoration. We will see to it that your home is restored to its original condition.