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Old 08-31-2011, 06:49 PM
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I have a lot of water coming out of a copper pipe on the side of my house. I can stop the flow by turning the red valve off next to the wall by my water heater. But then there is no hot water at all. I Mean no water flow at all. Cold water flows when I turn it on but not hot. Also, I have been turning the breaker off on the hot water heater this last month because the electric was about a hundred more than normal. The water still comes out, hot or cold, after about ten minutes with the breaker on and the red valve open. But again, if I don't turn the red valve off water is pouring out of the side of my house.

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Old 08-31-2011, 07:33 PM
Location: The Triad (NC)
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call a plumber.
a good one will have the new water heater you probably need with him when he shows up.
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Old 09-01-2011, 12:09 PM
Location: Alaska
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Is the water coming out the side of the house hot/warm? If so, it 's likely your pressure relief valve has blown. Once they blow they about always leak water. You can find replacement valves at the box stores or a plumbing/hardware store. If it blows after replacement, then something is wrong with your water heater.
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Old 09-01-2011, 04:44 PM
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Smile Outside pipe from house

Thank you for your reply,

I'm going with 'akck' first, and if all fails, with the last option from both of you.

Thanx akck and MrRational for a quick response to my problem.
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Old 11-21-2013, 08:19 PM
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Hello, I have a similar problem. Tonight I heard running water behind the wall in my bathroom. I went outside and saw water running out the side drain on the house. It's warm/ hot water. What do I do? Can I do anything to ought to stop this? Is this also come kind of valve problem? Thanks in advance for your help and input.
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Old 11-21-2013, 08:27 PM
Location: Looking over your shoulder
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Most likely it's your water heater that is having an issue and you’ll have to close the (cold water) intake valve on the tank. There is a safety pressure relief valve that allows water to escape and prevents the tank from becoming over pressurized. If it’s an electric water heater you can turn it off at the power panel to prevent any additional heating of the water in the tank. If it’s a gas water heater, there should be a valve to turn off as well to prevent the heating of water.
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