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There was an accidental firing of a small gun in my house

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There was an accidental firing of a small gun in my house yesterday and the bullet went through two walls and struck the water heater about 3/4 up from the ground on the left side. It left a small hole in the metal casing, and when I stick my finger in it, I can feel insulation. But, I assume that since the water heater is not leaking (it has been 12 hours now with regular hot water use) that it did not pierce the inner tank? Thanks!
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Plumbing
Expert:  Rick replied 2 years ago.

The jacket on a water heater is light gauge sheet metal. The tank is much heavier gauge and could probably withstand an impact from a small caliber weapon. If it hasn't leaked in 12 hours you're probably OK