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Water system leaking the system is ten years old

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That ;is about the life expectancy of a tank type heater. What specifically is leaking?

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It sounds like you have a scale problem which can seriously affect your water flow. If the water heater is older than 10 yrs, then this may be your problem.
If so, try draining the htr. First off, turn your heater off. If electric, turn off 30 amp two-pole breaker in your elec panel. Your elements may also be scaled up, thereby reducing their effectiveness. If you have little hot water, your bottom element and t-stat may be bad. If the electric heater is older than 10 yrs old, then you may want to consider replacing it as the average lifespan of a heater is about ten years. If gas, just turn the control knob all the way down. Attach a garden hose to your heater drain valve. Run the hose outside and open the drain valve with the water supply to the htr still on. This uses water pressure to blow out the scale that is likely clogging the drain valve. Blow it out for ten seconds, and then shut the valve feeding water to the htr.
Shutting the valve creates a vacuum so the draining will slow way down. To speed this up, turn on hot water all around the house. Do not do this with single handle faucets because cold water will cross over. Only the hot on two handle faucets should be opened.
If you don't have any two handle faucets, you can either turn off the water main and open the single handle faucets, or flip the lever up on the relief valve located on top or on the side near the top. Pull it so that it sticks straight out. This locks it in the open position and allows air to enter, and water to exit. Drain until no more water comes out.
Please keep in mind that if your heater is old, the scale may be the only thing keeping it from leaking, and this may expose that leak.
If none of this works, your inlet and/or outlet on the heater may be scaled up. This requires the removal of piping and scraping out the scale. Once again, if the htr is old, (over 10) you may want to consider just replacing it.
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