Fall is in the air, and it’s time to start your final maintenance checks before the long winter months are ahead. One important item on your checklist should be your water heater. It is important to be sure that your water heater is working at its best, especially when the weather begins to turn colder. Your water heater impacts numerous aspects of your life—from your kitchen cleaning to your hot shower after a long day. You won’t want to go on a winter’s day without your water heater performing at its best.
Draining Your Water Heater
It is important to periodically flush out the lime and sediment that can build up inside of your water heater. If you live in an area with a limestone underground, the calcium and magnesium deposits can build up, creating what is known as hard water. If you live in an area with hard water, it is even more important to maintain your water heater. When neglected, this sediment can accumulate and calcify, making it difficult to remove. Draining your water heater flushes out all these sediments, which will help improve your heater’s efficiency as well as its lifespan.
How to Drain Your Heater
When it comes to draining your water heater, it is important to consult the user manual. You’ll want to be sure to turn off the gas water heater and determine whether or not your pilot light is manual. It is important to take your time and drain it slowly. If you’re unsure how to drain your water heater, or if it doesn’t seem able to drain properly, turn to an expert. A professional can help you in the draining process or determine if you have any calcified buildup. Our experienced team at Clearwater Plumbers is here to answer all your water heater questions.