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 Hole in side of water air pressure tank (bladder type)
Author: Paul Lucas (NY)

The hole is located about 18inches above the bottom and descending from the hole is a line of dark rust that is raised and rough to the touch. This was noticed only after the water began spouting at high force from the hole. It was the sound of the water escaping that sounded the alarm. It must have begun as an invisible hole that eventually led up to the recent eruption.

My questions are:

1. What causes a water pressure tank to develop a hole?
2. About how long do you think it would it have taken for such a rust stain to develop below the hole?
3. Why did the hole suddenly blow?
4. Could this ongoing breach in the pressure tank have been the cause of the spike in the electricity bill?
5. What is the recommended maintenance schedule for home water pressure tanks?

I would really appreciate your opinions/advice.


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