Water Heater Leaking and Maintenance Techniques

Water Heater Leaking and Maintenance Techniques

The home plumbing system is a source of much angst in the houses of millions of people across the country. One by one, each home is slowly overtaken with issues and developing problems until there is too much to do. Don't let another day go by without the professional assistance of a licensed Roto-Rooter plumber. Our people are trained and certified to not only take care of all plumbing issues, but also take care of customers and provide a higher level of customer service that has made our brand famous. From the fantastic products and services to the twenty-four-hour care, you can't go wrong during your water heater leaking repair project.

Water Heater Corrosion

Did you know that water heaters get dirty on the inside? Even if you think that your water is as pure as can be, given enough time, the stray mineral particles that do get into the system can start to buildup and cause problems. In an effort to combat this problem, a component known as the anode rod is responsible for minimizing corrosion and preventing damage from occurring over time. These rods, in order to function properly, need to be replaced every couple of years. In order to ensure that corrosion is not overtaking your system, you can also flush out your system at the same time that you replace the anode rod.

Water Heater Flushing

Water heater flushing can be easily accomplished by following these simple steps:

  1. Affix a hose to the drainage valve on the bottom of the water heater.
  2. Then, run the hose to a sink that can handle the draining water.
  3. Turn off the water supply going into the water heater.
  4. Turn off electricity and/or gas flow to the water heater.
  5. Open a hot water faucet the highest point in the house.
  6. Turn on the drainage valve and allow all of the hot water to drain.
  7. Make sure not to touch the water that is draining because it is extremely hot and will burn you.
  8. Let the cold water run back into the tank and drain. It will flush out all of the calcified minerals that have built up inside over the last few years.
  9. Turn off the cold-water valve connected to the water-heating tank.
  10. Consult the manufacturer's guide for instructions on replacing the anode rod.
  11. After the anode rod has been replaced, turn on the cold water responsible for filling the tank. As well as the electricity and gas.

If water heater leaking happens to put out the pilot light or heating element in your water heater, turn off the gas line right away. Exposure and inhalation of natural gases can be lethal.

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