WAKE UP, C!
Lol, you need to be chatting.
Dang, this plumber is good! He diagnosed the problem as a leak in the water heater itself. (He has never seen one fail before) Called the company and they gave the go ahead for him to pick up one at the local hardware and install it. He is now installing a brand new one. No charge to us.
"Adopt the pace of Nature: her secret is patience."~Ralph Waldo Emerson