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How to Flush Your Water Heater

water heater servicesThe water heater is a vital part of your home: providing safe hot water for cooking, cleaning, and bathing. Water heaters tend to do their jobs quietly and without a fuss, and most of them are tucked away in little-used parts of your home such as the basement or the garage. There’s a downside to the equation, however: it can be very difficult to spot any problems with your water heater until the damage has become quite extensive.

You can mitigate this by scheduling regular maintenance for your water heater from a trained plumber, and also by performing steps such as flushing the tank 2 to 3 times a year. Doing so prevents sediment from building up on the bottom of the tank, which makes it harder to heat the water and can cause a great deal of stress on the system too. Here’s a quick step-by-step guide to flushing your tank.

  1. Shut off power and gas to the water heater, then shut off the water supply.
  2. Connect one end of a hose to the drain valve at the bottom of the tank and the other end to a drain or receptacle such as a bucket to catch the water.
  3. Open the pressure release valve at the top of the tank to start the flow of water. The water may flow swiftly, so be careful.
  4. Allow the water to drain, then turn the water flow on again to further flush the tank.
  5. Seal the pressure valve, then seal the drain valve and remove the hose once the water stops flowing.
  6. Wait for the tank to fill, then restore power and gas to the water heater.

For quality water heater repairs, installation and maintenance in the Dallas, TX area, call on the friendly professionals at Earthwise Home Services to get the job done right!

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