I came home late last night to find that my GE gas water heater's cold water hose had burst and was spraying water every which way for what I only assume was several hours (by the inches of water that surround it and what had traveled/flooded into the surrounding rooms). It then took me a while to get the water turned off as the handles on the tank and the main line were somewhat frozen. I replaced the hose today but I still have no hot water hours later. I took off the pilot cover and the window has a LOT of condensation and the insulation is soaking wet -- I am afraid to try and light it while it's wet -- how long should I wait to try? The tank didn't sit in flood water so it should be ok -- but did get VERY wet.
P.s. When I was up on a stool changing the hose I noticed that the plastic blue and red washers on the pipes next to the vent had melted a bit (what looks like a while ago) so there seems to be some back drafting going on.