I work for an apartment complex. For each of our water heaters, we have a drain line that connects to the T/P valve. This particular drain line is connected to main line.
This drain line for the water heaters is leaking under concrete. We were told that it was very hard to detect where the breakage is located since it's not under pressure. So replacing the broken pipe is not an option for us. Also, it could just break again. We would like to disconnect the T/P valves from each water heater.
I wanted to please ask the following:
-Most homes etc. and some other businesses do not even have this separate drain line for the water heaters. Our only concern is if the T/P valves leaks
. If the T/P valve leaks and we can't send someone out right that moment, will turning off the circuit breaker stop the valve from leaking (maybe somewhat)?
-What can be done to stop the leaking from the T/P valve until someone gets there to replace it?
- How do these valves typically leak? I head that it typically only leaks a few drops until then it starts to really flow. Is that true?
-One other issue we had with this drain line for water heaters- if the T/P valve leaks, we don't know about the issue until the tennants electric bill is high. This creates a big issue for us as the tenants want us to pay- but no one knew about the issue. What do you suggest about this concern.