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Old 04-09-2012, 11:19 AM   #1
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Water Heater Leaking??


Hi All,

Quick Question...my water heater seems to be leaking very slowly at the Overflow Valve?? Is this something I can fix easily or should I call in the Experts? My heater was installed in 1999, and is a Reem Ruud brand.

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That looks like the drain valve not the over flow or relief valve.
Should hook a garden hose up to it at least once a year and drain out some of the sedament out of the bottom of the tank.
Once you do that see if it will shut off.
The outside knerled part is what is used to open and close it.

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That looks like the drain valve not the over flow or relief valve.
Should hook a garden hose up to it at least once a year and drain out some of the sedament out of the bottom of the tank.
Once you do that see if it will shut off.
The outside knerled part is what is used to open and close it.
It is at the very bottom of the tank, right?
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might want to hook a garden hose up to it and let it flush the crap out of the valve within...then shut it off again...buy a brass cap at HD/LOWES for it if it drips still...the relief is up further with a silver lever on it might want to blow that off(lever pushes up sticks out straight) to cycle the gunk build up there also....with a bucket let it flush 10second then flip the silver lever back
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Thank you Joe and Biggles for replying to my question so quickly! I will drain the tank this weekend and see what happens. Joe, your right..this drain valve is located at the bottom of the tank. Is it hard to replace the valve with a brass cap? Sorry, Im a new Home Owner, so this is all new to me. I was informed by my colleagues that I have to drain the Water Tank every few months... I never knew this! Biggles what do you mean by blowing off the relief valve? I will watch Youtube to see how to do it as well!
Thanks guys, your the best!!
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