Water Heater Leaking? Use This Repair Guide from Roto-Rooter!

Water Heater Leaking? Use This Repair Guide from Roto-Rooter!

There's nothing like waking up in the morning and taking a warm shower, which massages your body. Alternatively, there's also nothing like waking up in the morning and taking a freezing cold shower, the water hitting your body like a razor blade. With water heater leaking in Ann Arbor on the rise, Roto-Rooter would like to help with some tips and tricks for maintaining a well oiled machine. Your water-heating unit will last longer, have fewer problems, and keep that water nice and hot in the morning so your shower is always warm and cozy. While these tips might be considered common sense, for anyone who doesn't work in the plumbing industry, there is always something to learn from Roto-Rooter professionals.

Water Heater Maintenance

Water heaters break down easily. The average heater only lasts about eleven years, but in many cases much less. Replacements are expensive and in some cases they can run you a few thousand dollars in bills. With quality maintenance performed on a regular basis, you can ensure that your unit lasts much longer, with fewer problems along the way.

One of the best things you can do for a water heater is to perform a flush of the system every two to three years. During that flush, replacing the anode rod is important too. It is responsible for minimizing the corrosive effects and deflects buildup inside. Over time, however, this component wears out and breaks. To perform a system flush correctly, use the following steps:

  1. Locate the drainage valve on the bottom of the water heater and attach a hose to it.
  2. Run the hose to a nearby sink and then turn on the drainage valve.
  3. Shut off the water supply to the tank and the electricity/ gas leading to it.
  4. Open a hot water faucet at a high point in the home.
  5. Open the drain valve near the base of the hot water tank. Allow the hot water to drain completely. Make sure to not touch the hot water, as it will burn you.

The Magic of Soft Water

Water softeners will protect your water heater. Hard water does a number on plumbing. You've probably seen the effects of hard water before with serious stains in showers and calcium build-up in faucets. This buildup will quickly render your heater non-functional. If you always make sure that your water softener has plenty of salt to keep the water normal, you should be able to avoid this corrosive issues altogether.

For more information about water heater leaking in Ann Arbor, give Roto-Rooter a call today.

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