Water heater failure is one of the top contributors to basement flooding. Luckily, we have a couple tips to help you identify potential issues with your water heater and hopefully avoid flooding. Below are four indicators to watch out for that may alert you to a potential water heater failure.

Odd Noises

If you are hearing some strange and often irregular noises emerge from your water heater, it’s a sign that something may be wrong. First try to identify what you are hearing and notice if there is a pattern.  Do the strange noises start after your water heater kicks on or are the noises never ending? It’s important to call a professional to help you determine what is going on with your water heater and advise you on how to get it fixed.


How old is your water heater? If you have a new water heater in your home you are likely in the clear. Most water heaters are built to last around 10-15 years. If your water heater is at or nearing this mark, however, its time to call a licensed professional to service your water heater and analyze whether you may need a new one. Trust me its better to replace your water heater before it breaks down and causes serious damages to your basement.

Repairs Keep Adding Up

As your water heater ages, you may notice a lot of required maintenance. If you consistently have to replace parts, it might be time for a new one!

Lack of Hot Water

A water heater at the end of its life struggles to produce hot water. If your hot water heater is producing lukewarm water, its a sign that failure is coming soon. Don’t wait until it’s too late – a broken water heater that is leaking is a serious problem to deal with.

No Warning

Although these are all great ways to identify a problem with your water heater, there are times when water heaters break down with little to no warning. In this case, you better have a working sump pump to help you with any potential leaks. Consider installing the Beacon® ProAct® 200 sump pump test & monitoring device as an extra protection. With the ProAct® 200, your sump pump installation will be tested automatically every week. Successful and unsuccessful tests are reported to the homeowner so that they have precious extra time to fix any issues before an unexpected flood occurs.