A new hot water tank was installed in a new house. The water lines were connected, but the cold water inlet fitting leaked for about 3 weeks. The tank has not yet been used or gas turned on. The fiberglass insulation is now wet (the leak was fixed). Is this tank now ruined since the insulation was wet? Will it eventually dry out without removing the skin?
Is this tank now ruined since the insulation was wet? Will it eventually dry out without removing the skin?
I'd say give it a while and see if it does dry out. I just replaced a gas-fired tank type heater and started disassembling the unit so that I can use the intact tank for a solar heater. I was impressed by how "stiff" for lack of a better term the insulation is--not at all limp and fluffy like regular fiberglass insulation we install between studs in walls. I'd say it could stand getting wet without sagging and leaving an uninsulated area, give it a try, what have you to lose?????