The night before leaving on a 1 week vacation, we discovered water on our cellar floor. A leaking, 10 year old water heater was the culprit.
I'm glad we found the leak before our departure. Otherwise our basement would have flooded.
After getting a 3 prices from local plumbers I chose a Melrose based plumber. For $850.00 he replaced the gas fired 40 gallon tank, with a warranty extended to 12 years.
Rubber hoses to washing machines are another potential weak point in any plumbing system.
After this, I'll turn off the water main before leaving town for extended periods.