Water Heater Flushing 101
Water heaters are about as low maintenance as most appliances can get. However, it’s important to flush your hot water heater regularly. This doesn’t take long and is usually something you can do yourself, though you can always rely on our plumbing team to get the job done, too. If you’re too busy or are just a little nervous about tackling this water heater service yourself, just call us at Cathedral Plumbing today!
Why Should I Flush My Water Heater?
When you drain your hot water heater, you get rid of the sediment that has built up inside of it. This sediment can cause a number of problems, including:
● Heating element impairment. If the sediment builds up around the heating element, it can insulate it and prevent it from getting your water as hot or make the water heater inefficient.
● Clogs in your pipes. If sediment flows into your pipes with your hot water, it can cause clogs. Flush your hot water heater to avoid this.
● Water heater malfunction. Sediment can prevent your water heater from working as designed. Remove it regularly to keep your water heater running well.
How Often Should I Drain My Water Heater?
You should drain your water heater at least once a year. If you have hard water, you may want to do it twice a year instead. Not sure about your water supply? Give us a call and we’ll come test it, then let you know how often to drain your water heater.
When Do I Need to Drain My Water Heater?
There’s no hard and fast rule about when to drain your water heater. Whenever you do it, mark it on your calendar or set up a reminder for when you want to do it again. That way, you won’t have to remember when to flush your water heater.
If you’re not sure when the water heater was last drained, go ahead and try it now. It may not need it but it will never hurt things to drain it.
If you notice sediment coming out of your faucets or a plumber tell you that you have sediment issues in your home, it’s time to drain your water heater. Do it ASAP to prevent future problems!
Water Heater Experts
As always, you can rely on your plumber from Cathedral Plumbing if you want help as you drain your hot water heater. We’ll be there soon to help you maintain this important appliance!