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Flush Your Water Heater Every Few Months

Your water heater is a key part of your home, but because it operates so quietly, trouble has a way of sneaking up on you. Many of the water heater repair calls we take here in Draper, UT come about because the homeowner wasn’t aware of the issue until it was too late. The best way to combat that tendency is to schedule a water heater maintenance session for your water heater once a year from a qualified professional plumbing service. You can help your own cause on this front by periodically flushing your water heater to clear sediment from the bottom. If left untreated, that sediment forms a barrier between the water and the heat source, reducing the heater’s efficiency and increasing strain on the system. The good news is that flushing the water heater is very easy to accomplish. All of you need is a hose and either access to a water drain or a bucket large enough to hold all of the water in your tank. Here are the steps to take to flush your water heater the right way.

  1. Turn off the gas or the electricity to the water heater. (Which one depends on whether you have a gas or an electric water heater).
  2.  Turn off the cold water  running into the water heater.
  3. Attach the hose to the drain valve at the bottom of the water heater. Put the other end in a drain line or a suitable receptacle like a bucket.
  4. Open the drain valve.
  5. Open the pressure relief valve at the top of the tank.
  6. Allow the water to drain.
  7. Turn on the water line again to flush any remaining sediment out of the tank.
  8. Close the pressure relief valve, then the drain valve.
  9. Detach the hose.
  10. Turn on the heat source again and wait for a bit for the water to warm up.

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