Water Heater Leaking: Flushing Your Tank

Water Heater Leaking: Flushing Your Tank

Do you like to take hot showers in the morning? Is it custom to clean your dishes in hot water? Have you ever considered how your life would be different if you did not have hot water in your home? If you have ever had a problem with your hot water heater leaking in Toronto, then you probably experienced a short time when there was no hot water supply. Of course, you were very motivated at that time to get a Roto-Rooter service specialist to install a new heater as quickly as possible!

Because a hot water heater is a mechanical device, it is prone to age and wear. At some point in time, your much-loved heater will break down and need to be replaced. This is inevitable and you realize it will eventually happen. However, in the interim, there are some maintenance tasks you can perform to prolong the life of your water heater.

How to Flush Your Water Heater

If you have ever noticed that over time, your hot water heater does not produce as much hot water as it usually does, it may be due to a build-up of sediment in your tank. If not flushed out, it will continue to collect and will eventually cause problems with your system.

Flushing your tank is a fairly simple task and can be completed in a short amount of time. Hook a garden hose to the drain valve located at the base of your tank. Turn off your water supply. Also, if your water heater is electric, turn off the power supply. Open a hot water faucet in a bathroom close-by. Open the drain valve and let the water in the tank drain out. Be sure to aim the hose into a location that can accept hot water with no risk of damages. Exercise personal safety as the dispelling water is very hot and will burn or scald.

When the tank is empty, turn on the water supply and flush any remaining sediment out of the tank. After you are sure it is clean, close the drain valve and remove the hose. Fill the tank and turn on the power. Make sure all the valves are secured to prevent any water heater leaking in Toronto.

At the time you flush your water heater tank, it is also a good idea to replace the tank anode rod. This is an implement that helps keep your tank from corroding. You can purchase a new rod at your local hardware store.

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