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Old 11-20-2007, 08:33 PM   #1
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Water Heater Leaking at top pipes

What is the build up (usually blue, white or rust-colored) that is on the pipes (nipples) at the top of the tank, and does it 100% of the time indicate a leak at that pipe?

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Old 11-20-2007, 09:03 PM   #2
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Water Heater Leaking at top pipes

It's from the different metals reacting with one another, or from flux left on the pipe. Clean it off with a wire brush or sand cloth so you can tell whether or not it's leaking.
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