Water Heater & Plumbing Maintenance Tips

Reblogger Roy Kelley
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This is good advice for all home owners.

Original content by Jeff Pearl

Well, I try to do this about once per quarter, but in this case, it was approx 6 months since I last drained sediment out of our water heater. We have well and septic. But you can imagine how much dirt and grit accumulates in a hot water heater where this is never done. What are the benefits of doing this every few months? (1) I bet our HW heater lasts a few years longer. (2) There is less chance of that dirty water making to our spickets. (3) The grit could chew up rubber seals in valves and cause them to leak.

 Yes, we drink this water, and cook, and bathe with this water. Been like this for 15+ years. As long as it settles and collects in bottom of water heater, it should be harmless. Draining it every few months is just a maintenance issue.

 If you haven't checked yours since your water heater was installed, you might want to check it out of curiousity. Ours is in basement which has a walkout, so once a year I will just hook a hose to it and run the hose out the door and let it run for 10 minutes or so. The rest of the time I do what you see in these pics. Usually, about 1/2 of this tub fills with dirty water, then it clears up.

 

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Joe Petrowsky
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Good morning Roy. Really good choice for a re-blog. Lots of great tips in Jeff's post on an important topic.

Jan 23, 2015 06:40 PM #1
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Roy Kelley
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Please be sure to leave comments at the original blog by Jeff Pearl

Jan 23, 2015 09:48 PM #2
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Great information and I am glad you reshared/reblogged this too...I will forward on

Jan 23, 2015 10:59 PM #3
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Fred Hernden, CMI
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Roy, I will go over and comment on Jeffs blog, I just want to say that it is easier to merely attach a garden hose to that valve and let it flow out in the yard or down the driveway, you can flush it out better and longer. The problem with NOT doing that is the calcium and deposits will eventually collect over and around the bottom heating coil and it will burn out.

Jan 23, 2015 11:53 PM #4
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That is nasty looking. I think we should all be checking ours and getting the grit out.

Jan 24, 2015 12:41 AM #5
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Roy, I have never read this kind of useful piece of info and thank you for the re-blog! I'm bookmarking and I hope to add this to my To Do list for myself and my buyers/sellers--very smart. I'll say thanks to Jeff, now, too!

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Your feedback and your continued support are very much appreciated.

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