Tips to Keep Your Water Heater from Leaking in Overland Park

Tips to Keep Your Water Heater from Leaking in Overland Park

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Plumbing repairs are often needed when you least expect them. Perhaps the water heater suddenly stops working, your kitchen faucet begins to drip, or your toilet clogs and backs up. Many things may require a professional plumber’s expertise. You can do some things, however, in the upkeep of your plumbing fixtures. Here are a few tips that will help save you money on expensive repair and replacement costs for plumbing fixtures that stop working prematurely:

Water Heater

Your conventional water heater with a storage tank will last a long time if it is properly maintained. You should flush your tank every couple of years to clear out the sediment build-up and hard water deposits. First, turn off the water supply to the tank (for an electric heater, shut off the power too and for a gas water heater, turn off the gas flow to the appliance) and hook a hose to the tank drain. The other end of the hose should be placed somewhere where water can drain away safely. Open the drain valve and allow the tank to drain but be sure to open a hot water faucet in the highest room in the house to prevent a vacuum lock. When the tank is empty, turn on the water supply and flush any remaining sediment from the tank. Allow the tank to fill with water (turn on the power for your electric heater and gas flow for your gas heater). Turn on a faucet to test the hot water after one hour of the tank filling. It is a good idea to check the tank anode rod and replace it at this time if needed. This will prolong the life of the tank and prevent it from rusting out.

Sump System

A sump pump is necessary if your home is in an area that has a high water table. The pump actually removes ground water that collects around your home’s basement or crawl space walls and below the floor in your basement. You must check the sump pump at least once a year to verify that it works. This is done by pouring a bucket of water into the sump pit. The pump should turn itself on and the water should disappear within a few seconds. Also, clean any corrosion or hard water build-up from the pump that would obstruct free-movement of any pump parts.

If you discover any major problems with any of your home’s plumbing, such as a leaky faucet, broken sump pump, or water heater leaking in Overland Park be sure to contact Roto-Rooter immediately for fast, reliable service day or night.

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