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Old 11-02-2013, 10:12 AM   #1
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Do I Need to Replace my Water Heater?

I had a sump pump failure on 10/31 that caused 3-4" of water to pool up across the entire finished basement. I immediately called ServiceMaster for the cleanup. They brought in a plumber that said a little of the insulation in the water heater got wet and that the entire unit should probably be replaced. It still works fine, and ServiceMaster said they believe they can dry it out pretty well by turning the pilot light off, pointing an industrial blower into it for 24 hours, and keeping dehumidifiers/fans running close by for 3 days.

Any thoughts on whether or not the water heater should be replaced? It is 8 years old and we've never had an issue with it.


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Old 11-02-2013, 10:29 AM   #2
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I leave it alone unless this was salt water it should be fine.


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Old 11-02-2013, 11:55 AM   #3
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The heat from the pilot and hot water should help dry it out.
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Do you have home owners insurance ?
If you do I would let him replace it as part of the damage in the claim.

If not, and its working I would keep it and if it fails later , you got a little extra life out of it.
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Thanks for the replies! Unfortunately, this is not covered by homeowner's insurance. I recently moved out of this house and am now renting it out. I checked with five different companies and nobody offers sewer backup with a Landlord's policy in Illinois. If this happened two months ago under the insurance I had while living there it would have been covered. Frustrating.
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Was the burner gas valve at any time under water? If so, this is unsafe and the valve should be replaced. If, however it was never underwater and just a little of the pilot assembly was, then you should be OK.

If the water heater is old, maybe the plumber is letting you know that it should be replaced.

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The gas valve is about 12" off the ground so was never close to the water. Thanks, FC!
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leave it alone ...8yrs old let it live out its life.....ben sr


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