I have a hot water heater that is about 5 years old and it started leaking from a tube that appears to be for drainage. Is this something that can be fixed fairly easily or do I need to call a plumber?
: Craig, The first thing NOT to do is do not plug that drain pipe to prevent leaking. That is your relief valve exhaust. The pressure and/or temperature inside your water heater is probably excessive and causing the relief valve to leak. You need to have a professional find out why. You may have closed the system recently by having a dual check valve installed by your meter. Now you will have to add an expansion tank to absorb the thermo-expansion caused by the heater. Another possibilty is a bad gas valve causing the water to become too hot. Either way its time to call you friendly neighborhood professional plumber.
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