What To Do When Your Water Heater Breaks – Emergency Plumbing


With the holiday season in full swing, the last thing you want to deal with is emergency plumbing, but accidents happen and things can go wrong very quickly. Here is what to do when your water heater breaks. 

Turn off the Water

The cold water pipe is located on top of the water heater and attaches to the main water line. Turn off the cold water supply line by twisting the valve clockwise until it cannot turn anymore. This stops the water from flowing and therefore stop all spillage.

Shut off the Power

Keeping this on can waste energy and even potentially start a fire, so it’s best to turn it off. If the water tank broke because of a damaged thermostat, then the auto-shutoff may not work. Flip the breaker for your water heater in your electrical box.


Broken water heaters can cause a lot of damage in other areas of your home. Water can damage furniture, pictures, carpets, and can even cause mold. First, take pictures of all affected items for your homeowner insurance company. Remove all damaged items and dispose of what can not be salvaged. There may be a need for some industrial fans if the leak was near a carpet or rug. Running a dehumidifier can help prevent mold.

Make an Insurance Claim

Call your insurance company, even if you don’t believe there is enough damage to warrant it. They will send an agent to assess the situation and most likely send experts that will draw out moisture from the walls and floors. The company should cover the cost of all items soiled from the water heater.

Call an Emergency Plumber

The last step is to call someone for water heater repair Irvine CA. Skilled professionals will replace your water heater, or thermostat and ensure it is up to safety codes. 

Plumbing emergencies can cause panic to homeowners, and for good reason. Water damage can be fatal to your home. Luckily, you have us! For emergency plumbing in Irvine CA or Mission Viejo CA, and water heater repair in Mission Viejo CA visit Severson Plumbing!