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Burst Hot Water Tank Flooding Melbourne

Hot water tanks can burst often in homes and domestic properties with the causes ranging from a malfunctioning thermostat, corrosion or damaged tanks. Kleen-Tech has attended properties across Melbourne that have experienced burst hot water tanks and subsequent flooding. To reduce the risk of excessive water damage in your property take the following steps below. The steps below will help alleviate the potential damage that can be caused by flooding water from the burst hot water tank. With a flood damage specialist such as Kleen-Tech, an electrician and a hot water tank installer you’ll be able to get your hot water system running back to normal conditions as quickly as possible. Whilst you await a flood damage specialist, take the following steps below if you can.

Burst hot water tank system in Melbourne
A Burst Hot Water Tank in Elwood, Melbourne

Steps to Take when a Hot Water Tank Bursts

Switch off the hot water tap supply

When a hot water tank bursts flooding can occur very quickly as the water supply is still being pumped into the tank, causing an increase in pressure inside and subsequent water flow. In some instances, the flooding can move from one area to the other within less than an hour, so it’s best to find the isolation tap that supplies water directly to the hot water tank and switch it off immediately. This will stop the progression of the water damage occurring to your property and will ensure that the remaining water in the tank will slowly leak out without additional water increasing the pressure and resulting in more flooding. You should be aware of the fact that remaining water in the tank may continue to leak but if you find the source of it and place a bucket to collect any remaining water as much as possible it will assist in the water extraction and remediation of your property.

Turn off the hot water switch from the electric switchboard

You’ll need to determine whether your hot water is supplied electrically or via gas. Once you’ve established this the next step after you turn off the isolation tap supplying water to your hot water tank is to switch off the hot water switch on your electric switchboard. The switchboard will usually state ‘Hot Water’ ‘HWS’, ‘Water’ or something similar that will indicate that is the switch that you’ll need to switch to the off position. This step is very important as it will stop the electricity flow to your hot water tank to prevent any accidents involving electrocution. This means when the hot water tank specialist, water damage remediation professionals or other professionals arrive on the scene to attend to the damage, there is no chance of accidents involving electrocution.

Turn off hot water gas tap at the hot water system

If you’ve identified that the hot water is instead controlled by the gas tank, switch off the gas tap supply to the hot water tank immediately. This will ensure that the remaining water in the tank discontinues the heating process but importantly there is no chance of a gas leak occuring. This is a vital step after switching off the water supply and will make the environment as safe as possible for yourself, family members and specialists on site when remediating the damage. If you’re uncertain of where the gas tap supply is located you can ask another member who lives in the household or ask one of the specialists you phone in.

Remove any items of furniture or belongings that could be damaged from the water flooding

Kleen-Tech has over twenty years of water damage remediation experience and with a wealth of knowledge, this recommendation comes in as one of the quickest things you can do to prevent your property and belongings from getting damaged by water leaking from a hot water tank. If the flooding has continued outside of the water source towards other areas in the house try and remove any items you can such as tables, chairs, personal belongings, stock and any item that can be safely and easily removed from the damaged area. When Kleen-Tech arrives on the property they will assess which items can be salvaged and which items cannot be and will need replacement.

Phone a water damage specialist

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Flooding that continues unabated can cause extensive damage to flooring, carpets, underlay, structures, walls and your property as a whole. We’d recommend immediately phoning a water damage specialist to attend the property and provide assistance immediately. Our friendly team of experienced water damage and carpet rescue specialists are highly trained in remediating water damaged areas and will provide expert knowledge, tips and assistance during the entire process. A burst hot water tank can occur at completely unexpected times, which is why Kleen-Tech offer support 24/7 all around Melbourne and surrounding suburbs every single day of the year as we understand the need for immediate action. Speak to one of our friendly and helpful assistants on 1300 30 50 30 any time and we’ll arrange one of our specialists to attend your property at your convenience and begin the remediation process.

Phone a certified hot water installer

You’ll need to find a professional to install your new hot water tank. A certified technician will be able to safely remove the damaged hot water tank and reinstall a new one depending on the type of property and the domestic or commercial needs from that property. Sometimes there are companies that offer just the hot water tank but no installation, or just the installation but no hot water tank. The easiest and fastest way to get hot water back in use in your property following a burst tank is to find a reputable company that has certified technicians who specialise in plumbing, electricity and hot water tank installation. With proper installation and monitoring across the years you should not have another burst water tank incident.

How Does Kleen-Tech Remediate a Burst Hot Water Tank and Flooding?

Kleen-Tech has over two decades of experience in remediating water flood damage from burst hot water tanks all around Melbourne and surrounding suburbs within a range of properties including houses, apartments and commercial properties. One case in Elwood, Melbourne occurred when a hot water tank burst inside an apartment with water sitting for hours due to no occupants entering the premises for an extended period of time. Kleen-Tech was contacted by management following notification of the issue and restoration works commenced immediately to prevent further damage inside the apartment. As there was a substantial amount of standing water in the property for some hours the priority was to immediately extract as much water as possible to reduce the risk of further structural damage to underlying structures. In this situation the water had infiltrated the floor boards and other structures within the property, meaning that the underlay was removed and the skirting, sub-flooring, cupboards, walls and other areas affected by the water were professionally dried using Kleen-Tech’s certified equipment.

Damage caused by burst hot water tank to walls
Water Damage to Walls caused by a Burst Hot Water Tank in Elwood, Melbourne

The drying process of the damaged carpet was carefully monitored over the restoration period. Following the drying, the carpet was salvageable and was re-laid with brand new underlay in the property. All water was extracted, floor boards were dried and the carpet and property was restored to pre-loss condition.

Leaking Hot Tank Water Damage Restoration Melbourne

Kleen-Tech is available 24/7 every day of the year including all public holidays to assist with water damaged caused by burst hot water tanks in homes and commercial properties. It can be overwhelming seeing your property flooding with damage to the structures and your items, which is why Kleen-Tech are available any time and any day of the year with round the clock service and support with dispatch available all across Melbourne and surrounding suburbs. With a wealth of knowledge and over twenty years of experience remediating flood damage from burst hot water tanks, our friendly staff will ensure your property is returned to pre-loss condition as quickly as possible. Phone any time on 1300 30 50 30 and speak to one of our friendly assistants who will guide you through the remediation process.

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