If your water heater has started leaking, and you are worried that the tank may corrode further quickly, or that the area may flood, you want to call an emergency plumber as fast as you can. You don't want to end up with plumbing repairs for the tank, and then with flooding repairs as well.

It will cost more to be put at the top of the customer list with a plumbing company, or if you need someone to come after regular business hours, or on a weekend or holiday. Here are some of the things to discuss with the plumber that arrives to assess.

Is the Tank Salvageable?

Right away the plumber will come into the home and try to stop the leak temporarily, so they can determine where the leak is coming from, and what the cause is. From there they can get an idea if the fix is going to be easy, or fast, or if this is something that will require extensive time and money.

If the cost to fix the unit is equal to a large portion of the cost to just buy a new one, it may be time to upgrade to a new more efficient unit. Ask the plumber if the tank is salvageable, and what the current condition of the unit is besides the leak.

What is Included with the Repair Service?

Take your time to read through the quote. The quote should have a lot of information, and include some of the following:

  • Service hours billed for the project
  • Part and component costs
  • Approximate time for the parts to come in
  • The date of the installation
  • Phone number of the service professional doing the repairs or installation

Should I Upgrade my Tank?

If your unit is old and you've been considering updating your unit, then ask for the costs of a new tank. A new energy-efficient hot water tank can save you money on bills each month by running more efficiently, and if you are getting hot water faster, you should be able to reduce water usage as well.

If you are upgrading your unit be sure to tell your plumber that you want a unit that is Energy Star approved. You may even qualify for a rebate from the government for choosing an efficient energy-saving water heater for your home. Don't let a leak in your tank wait, get emergency plumbing services and make fast decisions today.

Contact a plumbing service in your area such as 100% Plumbing to learn more.