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What Every Homeowner Should Know About A Water Heater Flush!

When things aren't working right, isn't it nice to have the option to just refresh? Well, your water heater has this option, and it's called a flush!  It is widely recommended by manufacturers that you flush your water heater once a year. Why? Because sediment, rust, and scale can build-up inside the tank, causing issues with your water heater's ability to do it's job! Plus, debris in the tank can lead to corrosion that takes years off if your water heater's life. A water heater flush is the solution!

What happens when my water heater is flushed?
  • When your water heater is flushed, a hose is hooked up to the tank, the tank is drained into an appropriate container or drain (outside, utility sink, etc.) and then filled back up with clean water.
Does it need to be done by a professional?
  • While some might attempt to do this after watching a few Youtube videos, it is not recommended. With an appliance like a water heater, it's best to let a professional plumber handle the care of maintenance.
Why does my water heater need to be flushed?
  • When you flush your water heater, it clears out harmful sediment and minerals that have collected up in the tank. The build-up creates a layer that makes it harder for the heating element to get to the water. This makes your system struggle to work harder to heat which can shorten its lifespan! The flush cleans the water heater just as an oil change cleans the gunk out of your engine!
How often does this need to be done?
  • We recommend having this done once a year just as many manufacturers do. If you live in an area that has hard water, then you might want to think about doing it more often.
If I don't flush my water heater, what can happen?
  • In addition to the strain that sediment puts on your water heater, it can also get into the pipes in your home causing further damage to your home's entire plumbing system.

Getting your water heater flushed should be a regular part of your home's maintenance. Call on us to have your system cleared out today!

Topics: Hot Water Heater