Yesterday I heard dripping noises and thought it was my cat puking. But when he asserted his innocence, I investigated further and saw that it was coming from my hot water tank. The water was dripping from the fitting of the PVC pipe coming out at the top. There was a bunch of water pooling around the bottom. I said to myself, “Oh lord” and put down a bowl. Then I searched for the number to the maintenance guy. Apparently my landlord doesn’t believe emergencies exist and supplied me with only a fax number.
I took a shower last night and afterwards went to see if this caused anything catastrophic to happen in my utility room. I was relieved to find that the dripping had ceased. I’ve been trying to understand what happened and this is what I’ve come up with: The leaky pipe had hot water coming out of it, so I’m assuming this is the pipe that transports the hot water to my shower and elsewhere. By using a bunch of it, I made the water level in the tank fall below the pipe fitting so that it was no longer possible for it to “escape”.
Is this right?
I woke up four hours later and checked on it. Still dry. And now it’s 12 hours later and the leak still hasn’t returned. The hot water tank has presumably refilled (I still have hot water), so I’m thinking my hypothesis is wrong?
If I call the maintenance man, how is he going to know what to fix if there isn’t a problem evident?