I thought my water heater went out tonight

Turns out that my bathroom drain is leaking into the water heater, which is then leaking. I think the water filled up the insulated outer shell until it's coming out around some little relieve valve.

My wife found the leaky drain. YAY her!

I wrapped the leak in some self vulcanizing rubber tape. Hopefully this fixes the leak for a while.

I expect that the water around the outside of the water heater will shorten it's life significantly. When the heater gets replaced, I hope that the drain pipe gets fixed proper at the same time.

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A drip in the joint of the drain for the bathroom.

Water drips out of here to, and it’s been a while as it’s corroded pretty bad.

This is my fix. Better than bubble gum I expect.