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I think my relief valve broke because my water was turned off because of a leak and when the handyman (not a plumber) fixed the leak, he may have turned the water pressure up too high and had nothing to check it with... I've only had lukewarm water since he left 27 hours ago and discovered water pouring out from the relief drain today. I think it blew right away since I haven't had hot water since he left. I turned off the valve to the water.

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This is one possible solution. Not knowing the type of plumbing pipes you have or where the leak was makes it hard to give you a solid answer. Some people will open the t&p valve to aid in draining water out of piping to facilitate repairs. There is a small lever in the center of the t&p valve that should be at 90 degree angle to front surface of a valve mounted on side of tank. If it's straight out it is open. Push down on lever to close it. If it was opened and then closed it may not have shut off completly due to mineral build up around valve seat.If it is open then close it and turn water supply back on. If it is closed you can turn water supply on and using wooden hammer handle or other light tool tap directly on center of valve. Do not hit it very hard. If it has been opened and failed to seal you should see a reduction of flow rate fromt&p valve. Either way youshould have t&p valve replaced as it should olny open due to extremely hot water which also will cause increase in pressure. Hope this helps. Thanks.

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