Flushing Your Hot Water Heater

Flushing Your Hot Water Heater

If you have ever experienced a hot water heater leak, then you will understand the kind of anxiety that water leaking from an appliance can cause. The fact is a water heater is a mechanical device that contains a huge amount of water. You should know that when a system like this fails, you may see water leaking—maybe even a lot of water!

The idea is not to panic. Turn off the source of water as soon as possible. The water supply for a hot water heater is located at the top of the unit. After the water is off, call the folks from Roto-Rooter and explain that your water heater is leaking and you need help. Next, move any stored objects away from the water to prevent further property damage.

Water Heater Maintenance

Because your water heater is a hardy piece of equipment, you may forget that it is a mechanical device and is prone to wear and aging. Eventually, the system will fail and you will need either to make an extensive repair or just replace the whole system. There are some ways that you can prolong the life of your system, however.  Here are some tips:

Every few years, flush your heater tank. You may notice it is time to flush it when it becomes apparent that there simply is not as much hot water for showers as there used to be. This is because sediment and hard water builds up in the tank and displaces the amount of water that the tank can hold. Flushing the tank removes all the build-up.

To do this, attach a hose to the drain valve located at the base of the tank. If you have an electrical heater, turn off the power supply. Shut off the water supply to the tank and open a hot water faucet in the nearest bathroom. Open the heater drain valve and allow the tank to empty. When it is drained, turn on the water supply to completely flush the tank of any remaining sediment. Restore the power , shut the faucet in the bathroom and refill the tank. After the tank is full, test the water by opening the nearest faucet again and make sure that everything is functioning normally. You should see no water leaking  after your project is complete.

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