Your water heater is one of your most important appliances. A malfunctioning water heater can result in more than just an uncomfortably cold shower. Without regular maintenance, wear and tear on your water heater, especially corrosion over time, can result in leaks and extensive water damage.
Luckily, most regular water heater maintenance can be taken care of by the homeowner, using tips and resources from the expert plumbers at Roto-Rooter.
Within most modern water heater units is a component called the anode rod. This component helps to prevent water from corroding the inner structure of a water heater by drawing minerals to itself like a magnet. Every few years, these rods need to be replaced in order to continue functioning efficiently. Neglecting this crucial step will eventually result in serious damage to the system, including causing the water heater to fail beyond repair.
Sediment can build up within a water heater tank leading to corrosion, reductions in energy efficiency, and potential clogs in water lines. When minerals like calcium accumulate inside of a water heater, they can cause electric heating elements to fail or cause heat to distribute unevenly. In severe cases, sediment buildup can result in a total water heater failure and necessitate replacing the entire unit. To flush a system, all you need to do is the following (in order):
Your water heater should be flushed at least once yearly or more often if you have hard water and a busy household.
Not the DIY type? No problem. Your neighborhood Roto-Rooter plumbers are available to lend a hand. We don’t just tackle plumbing emergencies—we’ll help you out with regular maintenance too, from installing a new water heater to flushing and optimizing your existing system.