Water heaters  work harder than any other home system in your house. A fundamental annual activity is flushing your water heater. Sediment and Debris can get into your water heater. This makes heating your water a harder job. Drain and flush all of it once a year. Regular maintenance to keep your water heater up and running.  It is not a tedious  task  but there is a lot risk if you don’t proceed with caution. The water ,tank and the fixtures can get extremely hot.

How to Flush A Water Heater  Preventative Care

If you don’t flush your water heater then sediment will fill up your water heater. Water has small amounts of mineral deposits .  These minerals are typically calcium and magnesium.When your water heater is in use the heat causes grains of sediment to settle at the bottom of the tank.  How this works is hot water is less dense than  cold water. Cold water goes to the bottom while hot water is directed upward to your faucet.You can notice sediment in your tank as your unit will work less efficiently.  Ultimately the only way to prevent sediment is learning how to flush a water heater. Draining your water heater each 6 months helps prevent sediment.

How to Flush A Water Heater:Procedure

It will only take a hour of your time. A basin, gloves and a hose are things you will need . It is important to make sure if you have an electric or gas water heater. If you have an older gas water heater it is better to have  a professional handle it. The following procedure is for electric  or newer gas water heaters.

  1. First turn electrical power to the water heater off. If you have a gas water heater turn the thermostat to the lowest setting. Let the water cool down a fast method is to take a shower until all of the hot water is used up. After the water has cooled down turn cold water supply to the water heater off.
  2. Connect a garden hose to the drain outlet valve at the bottom of your water heater. Place the hose in a basin or in a drain. A water heater drain pump accelerates the process.  Open the hot water faucet of your kitchen sink to allow air to flow back to the water heater.
  3. Once the water heater is drained close the drain valve, and open the cold water supply. Turn off cold supply and open drain valve again to remove any existing sediment.
  4. Once all sediment is gone close drain valve and remove hose.
  5. Refilling your water is simple and easy.  Open cold water supply to fill the tank. Turn on hot water side of a few faucets in your house.
  6. Once you know there is no air in your pipes then start  heating the water heater.  There you have it now you know to how to flush a water heater.

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