Photos of WH Corrosion: Scrub or Call Landlord?
This electric hot water heater was installed four or five years ago.
My first question is about the rust-colored corrosion shown below:
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Should I use a paste made out of baking soda or something and (try to) scrub this stuff off, or should I contact the landlord, or... ?
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What would be the best way/materials to keep creepy crawlies (spiders) from entering through these messes left in the wall?
Any help would be greatly appreciated!
hoping your other 260 posts aren't as big of a waste as this one
Maybe your lack of understanding comes from not knowing the situation. This hot water heater isn't hidden in a basement or concealed behind a partition; it's exposed and sits right next to the toilet. Why *wouldn't* I be interested in removing unsightly corrosion? It's a fixture in my bathroom, just like the sink is, and I'd prefer to keep both in working order. Tenants have a responsibility to keep an eye on things and report possible problems. Whether it ends up leaking or not, corrosion is by definition a type of disrepair, and while you might be fine letting the problem turn into a costly repair just because someone else is footing the bill, I'd rather prevent a full-blown problem if possible. Also, my general interest in the hot water heater stems from the realization that the tanks can be a great source of emergency drinking water, but not if they aren't properly maintained.
Originally Posted by Chad Schloss