Leaking hot water tank

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  1. Nov 22, 2013 #1

    CaPpedDoG

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    Hi everyone, our hot water tank is leaking from one of the top nipples(?). It was literally spraying water all over the place; not just a little leak. I tried tightening it but that didn't do much. It was already really tight. What should I do?

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  2. Nov 22, 2013 #2

    woodchuck

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    You probably have a damaged compression fitting. Cut water off and remove and inspect the sealing surfaces. Take it to the hard ware store to get a new one.
     
  3. Nov 24, 2013 #3

    CallMeVilla

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    Certainly turn off the water for now. Inspect the fitting for cracks. Do you have the tools to replace that fitting? It requires a crimping tool which you can rent in lieu of buying it for a one time thing. Just buy new fitting and re-install.

    OR ... If not, there may be a chance you can apply teflon tape to the threads and re-install it tightly.

    Get back to us on this one ...

    Spraying water is a bad thing ...
     
  4. Nov 25, 2013 #4

    Drywallinfo

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    Have you tried pipe dope yet? On a hot water heater I had, this was the only thing that stopped a leak at a fitting. And it held up.
     

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