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Ask F.H. Furr: How Do I Prep My Water Heater For The Cold Weather?

Question submitted by Jane W. Sterling, VA.

Jane, fall is nearly here! As September comes to a close, we hope you’re gearing up for fall leaves, apple cider, jackets and cold! When it comes to preparing your home for the change in the weather, it’s important to take maintaining steps to ensure that your HVAC, Plumbing and electrical systems are in prime working order. With that being said, your water heater is a year-round system that becomes even more necessary in the cool months! Because you use your water heater when showering, using the sink, washing clothes and more, maintaining your water heater is a top priority.

With colder temperatures and holiday guests, your water heater will be busier than ever! So to answer your question about what you can do to make sure it’s ready for all this use? Follow the steps below to prep your water heater for the fall weather!

Step One: Start by making sure your water heater isn’t obstructed by any objects that might pose a safety hazard, as the pipes can become extremely hot.

Step Two: Drain your water heater and clean out any debris that has settled in the tank. To do this, you’ll need a long garden hose that you’ll attach to the outlet that is at the bottom of the water tank. Make sure to NEVER drain hot water, and ensure that your valve at the top is closed. The water will filter from the house out into the desired area.

Step Three: Wrap the pipes in heating insulation tape. This can save energy by keeping the pipes warm as the water transfers from the tank to your appliances.

Step Four: Insulate your water heater! By insulating your water heater, you prevent heat loss as well as cold air from entering through exposed areas in your basement. You can purchase insulation blankets and jackets to ensure that you’re getting the most out of your water heater all season long!

This is a great question for those of you who are trying to stay ahead of water heater breakdowns! As always, maintenance on your water heater and other plumbing items in your home is key to the right working order! Cold weather is not the time for a water heater break down! Call us today to have a plumber come to your home for free*!

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