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Hot Water Heater Floods Lexington Basement

2/28/2019 (Permalink)

Water Damage Hot Water Heater Floods Lexington Basement Call SERVPRO if your hot water heater fails

Hot water heaters create huge water losses when they fail. All that water pouring out of the tank can quickly cover the entire floor.

A basement hot water heater water loss can be very costly when irreplaceable mementos stored in the basement are saturated with contaminated water or mold grows in the humid environment.

Lexington Hot Water Heater

Last month, a homeowner was in the hospital when her hot water heater failed and water started pouring out of the furnace. Fortunately, a family member was home and called us immediately.

When our production manager arrived on the scene an hour later, there was standing water in the affected areas including carpet, tile, and vinyl flooring. Water had flowed from the furnace to a storage room, and then on to a laundry room and bathroom.


We started this job by extracting as much water as we could from carpet and hard surface flooring using a truck-mounted extractor.


Next, we applied a botanical anti-microbial solution to discourage mold growth during our dry out.

Carpet and Contents

The carpet was too contaminated to be salvaged, so we removed it and its padding for disposal. We also had to move around a lot of the storage contents and appliances to be able to access all of the floor and create the right air flow for drying.


We installed 13 air movers to draw water out of wet materials and one dehumidifier to pull the water vapor out of the air.

Final Cleaning

When everything had reached the drying standard, we cleaned the hard surface floors.  

Call a Professional

As you can see, there is a lot to manage after a hot water heater fails and dumps water all over your basement. Regular hot water heater inspections can alert you to a problem before it happens, but sometimes old tanks let go without warning.

Call SERVPRO of Lexington-Bedford if your hot water tank gives way and leaves you with a mess. We know what to do next. We have the tools and training to minimize your costs and get it all dry before mold starts growing.

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