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Old 08-05-2010, 07:41 PM   #1
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Sparky Needs Advice With Leaking Water Heater


Maybe you guys can help me.

Long story short my mothers gas heater is leaking from the bottom. Enough that after ten minutes there is a sizeable puddle around it. I can feel the moisture around most of the bottom.

Im sure it needs to be replaced but it will be a few weeks before I can afford a replacement. My idea originally was to buy a small water pump with 2 hoses, one to suck up the water from a drip pan I can put under the heater and the other to pump it to a nearby sink.

Please tell me this can be done. I am camping out at my mothers this week so I can use a shop vac to manage the leak.

Thanks for any advice!
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Old 08-05-2010, 07:55 PM   #2
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Where's the nearest floor drain?

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Re: Sparky Needs Advice With Leaking Water Heater


There is none. Just a sink 3' from the tank.

At this point Im willing to surrender and just get any kind of pump to just pump the water out by the back door where it collects.

Its pretty bad actually.
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You're a good son!

What about shutting off the supply to the water heater as well as the gas or electric supplying it, (might only work if you you have shut offs on cold and hot sides), then draining the tank via a hose to the outside. Then only using the tank when absolutely necessary. (Fill it back up and run it only a couple times a week when absolutely necessary) Mind you I'm not a plumber-just throwing out some ideas.

My thought is that you will spend less time doing this on a sporadic basis than manning it 24/7.
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That sounds a tad more extreme but I will look into it.

I found a dehumidifier pump for 77 at Lowes that might do what I want. Looking into that right now.

Thanks Mr. Multiplicity
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Depending on how long before you can replace it, how bout drain it, and slide a water heater pan under it. Would then be able to just use a regular submersable pump to pump it out every once in a while.
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The nasty truth is....
it's only gonna get worse,
until it totally lets go.
Got a credit card?
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The nasty truth is....
it's only gonna get worse,
until it totally lets go.
Got a credit card?
Yeah, why spend $77 bucks on a pump when you can replace for $450? Take out a pay day loan or something and replace the thing.
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Yeah I agree get a payday loan and replace it now before it gets worse. The amount of money your going to spend on a pump is the same for a loan fee. It's not worth the hassle. What state are you in?
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slide a small section of pond liner (45 ml EDPM) under the unit and trough the water into a 5 gallon bucket. you'll be in the quick fix for less than $20.00
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You can't afford to replace the heater, but you're willing to throw money down the tubes on an interim and probably ineffectual compromise?

Unless Mom's situation is exacerbated by something you haven't mentioned, the thing to do is quit using the heater until it can be replaced. My grandparents had a coal-fueled cookstove in their kitchen, and the reservoir built into that was their sole source of hot water for many, many years. Even in this weather.

On the face of it, this is a no-brainer, guy.
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slide a small section of pond liner (45 ml EDPM) under the unit and trough the water into a 5 gallon bucket. you'll be in the quick fix for less than $20.00
It's (I assume) on the floor already...how would the water get into the bucket?
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if its a gas heater then it should absolutely not be on the floor
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