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Old 08-15-2005, 03:07 PM   #1
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We purchased this 5'er last summer, it was owned by couple who bought it new in '73 and took immaculate care of it. They had put carpet over the original carpet so it wouldn't get dirty. Still had the all the original paperwork and brochures, etc. For reasons beyond our contol, we were unable to winterize it last winter, so the first time we tried the water, the pipes had frozen and were leaking. we were able to catch this before we had any damage, but as soon as we finished this repair, we noticed a large wet spot in floor in front of kitchen sink and upon investigation realized it was the galvinized water holding tank had a sprung a leak. when we finally was able to remove the tank, the hole was so small, we actually stuck a broom straw in it to confirm that was where the leak was. Our question is, can this tiny hole be repaired and if so, with what and how.
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We purchased this 5'er last summer, it was owned by couple who bought it new in '73 and took immaculate care of it. They had put carpet over the original carpet so it wouldn't get dirty. Still had the all the original paperwork and brochures, etc. For reasons beyond our contol, we were unable to winterize it last winter, so the first time we tried the water, the pipes had frozen and were leaking. we were able to catch this before we had any damage, but as soon as we finished this repair, we noticed a large wet spot in floor in front of kitchen sink and upon investigation realized it was the galvinized water holding tank had a sprung a leak. when we finally was able to remove the tank, the hole was so small, we actually stuck a broom straw in it to confirm that was where the leak was. Our question is, can this tiny hole be repaired and if so, with what and how.
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Hello rosser422 --

The difficulty with metal containers for water (including the water heater) arises in the corrosion that will slowly happen.

This may be an opportunity -- most likely there will be other small holes available in the near future. You may also want to give your water heater a close inspection -- check the mounting base/platform and insulation for signs of water stains.

Is this a tank that is pressurized (using an air pump)? If so, you may want to consider replacing that particular style of technology with a simple (rectangular box) plastic tank and install a water pump also.
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