It’s past 1 am as I write this, but I just had to.
I went down into the old basement to treat the hot water tank with hydrogen peroxide before going to bed. This is what I found.
(That ring of minerals on the concrete is not new; it’s been there since the last time we had issues.)
We don’t go into the old basement often (and with the cats, we’ve put all the most breakable stuff into the old basement and blocked off the opening between the two basements, so there was no chance of kittens falling into the sump pump reservoir or otherwise hurting themselves). The last time anyone went down there, that I can remember, was my daughter, the last time the tank was treated. I called her over to see, and confirmed it wasn’t leaking the last time she was down there.
In trying to see where it was leaking it appeared to be coming from the bottom access panel, too. So we opened it up.
Yup. It’s been reaching that high!!
We’ve left the panel off. Tomorrow, I will call the number on the tank to talk about getting a replacement under warranty.
For those who are new to the blog, when we first moved here, this place still had the tank that was installed when my dad got the well dug near the house and installed running water. He got the tank second hand. When cleaning up the basements, I found the old warranty certificate and bill of sale for it, dated 1963, if I remember correctly.
It died shortly after we moved in.
Long story short, we went without hot water until we could afford to get a plumber to replace the tank for us.
That worked out well for a while, until the water started to get hotter and hotter, all on its own. We called the plumber and he changed the thermostat, but that’s when we discovered that it had started leaking at the bottom. When he opened the bottom panel, he found the insulation saturated with water.
Not long after that, we lost hot water completely.
We then had issues with discovering the local hardware store it was purchased at, not doing warranty replacements. I tried working with the company directly before finally finding a branch someplace else that had would honor the warranty. We then had to get the plumber back to install it for us, and it’s been working fine ever since. The only issue is one we’ve had since replacing the original tank; the hot water would start to get a sulfur smell. Every month or so, we would drain the tank a bit, then use the vacuum created to suction hydrogen peroxide through a hot water tap in what used to be the laundry sink. It needs to sit for at least 4 hours, so we would do it before bed, so the water could be used in the morning.
It’s been about 1 1/2 years since that tank was replaced under warranty. And not it’s happening again.
What the heck is going on? How does a second hand tank last for nearly 40 years, but new tanks aren’t even making it 2 years?
But at least we still have hot water. I guess it’s a good thing it started visibly leaking this time, before we started having problems. We don’t have the water getting super hot, like the tank started having issues last time. It’s “just” leaking.
This is ridiculous!