A Rheem water heater


Hot water heaters leak.  That can be damaging for your home if you have 40 or 50 gallons hanging out in a leaky water heater.

If your water heater is leaking, the first thing you need to do is stop the leak.  It may be repairable or you may need to replace the water heater.  Here is a video from Quick Pro in San Diego, California, helping you to decide if your water heater is repairable.

Life Span of 10 years

The average lifespan of a water heater is only 10 years.  You can get 10 years if you have completed the maintenance of draining the sediment every six months or at least every year.  If you have never done maintenance on your water heater, the life span can decrease to only six years.  Sometimes water heaters are under warranty, so be sure to check if your water heater needs to be replaced.


If your hot water heater leaks:

If you have a hot water heater that is leaking, or if it has burst on your property, you need to clean up the water as quickly as you can.  Turn off the water entering your hot water heater to eliminate a continuous flow of water spewing from your hot water heater.

  1. Turn off the shut-off valve.
  2. Pick up and salvage anything that has gotten wet
  3. Clean up the area
  4. Mop up the floor or use a wet/dry shop vac
  5. Get fans
  6. Run dehumidifiers

If you are unable to mitigate the damage yourself, call ServiceMaster.  We will take care of all of the above to minimize the damage to your home from the leaky hot water heater.  While you will need a plumber to replace the water heater, ServiceMaster will help with the flooding.  Water damage affects your life in the worst ways. It is crucial that you have a professional team with experience in water damage to mitigate any problems in a quick and professional manner.


A leaky hot water heater spells disaster.  Whenever disaster strikes your home, we want you to know that the team at ServiceMaster is ready to help.  We are water damage professionals.  We can repair the damage that water does, restore your property to the original condition, and get you back on track, fast.

From full-service home restoration to emergency flood damage repair to dehumidification and much more, we are the team to contact when you have experienced water damage. You can rest assured that when we get to work, we are using best practices to ensure that your home does not have any lasting side effects from the flooding.

Below is a sampling of the water damage services we provide:


  • Water Extraction
  • Pack Out and Storage
  • Drying and Dehumidification
  • Mold Remediation
  • Demolition and Debris Removal
  • Drywall Repair and Contracting
  • Anti-Microbial Applications

If you find yourself with water damage from a leaking water heater, call ServiceMaster immediately.  We are available 24/7/365 for your water damage needs.