Water heaters, especially old ones, should never be taken for granted. Water heater overflows and leaks can cause extensive flooding and are just a matter of time when maintenance is neglected. The walls of old tanks can rust through and seals and gaskets can wear out. Pipes and valves must be checked for leaks, and the bottom of the tank checked for signs of corrosion or rust.
The water heater system also has a safety valve that releases water when the pressure and temperature are too high. If the valve doesn’t function because of age, the tank may explode. High pressure and temperature problems are sometimes caused by a malfunctioning thermostat. Maintenance and inspection of your water heater should be done by professional plumbing in Bakersfield CA.