Maintaining your water heater

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Home Inspector with Square One Home Inspection

Most people don't give any thought to their water heater - they just turn on the faucet and expect hot water to come out. Keep your water heater in peak operating condition by performing some simple routine maintenance.

One step you can take is to drain your tank. How often you need to do this depends upon the sediment buildup you are getting in your tank. Some experts recommend draining once a year. I recommend draining your tank once, and checking sediment buildup. Check it six months or a year later and compare the amount of build up to your previous amount. This will give you an idea on how often you need to drain your tank. If you have more sediment, you would want to drain more often. Less sediment, drain less often. Come up with a good schedule, that will keep your sediment build up to a minimum.

To drain the tank

  • Turn off the power source to the water heater. You do not want it to heat while empty. This is very important. Failure to do so may cause damage to the water heater.
  • Turn off the water supply to the tank.
  • Locate the drain valve at the bottom of the tank. Looks like a hose spigot.
  • Connect a hose to this and place the hose in a basement drain or sump.
  • If this is the first time you are draining, I recommend running the water through a strainer to judge sediment build up. If you already know your level, continue to the next step.
  • Open the drain valve at the bottom of the water heater.
  • Most experts recommend draining 3/4 of the water from the tank. If this is the first time I recommend a complete flush.
  • Close valve and fill tank.
  • Once tank is full turn power source to tank back on.

If you are noticing lots of sediment at the end of the draining process, you may have to do this several times to clear out the build up. This is common if this is the first time a unit has been drained in quite a while. Good luck.

 

If you need to replace your water heater please see Miek Therriault's blog...Michael's Blog

 

 

Ian Niquette

WI Home Inspector
Square One Home Inspection proudly serves Green Lake, Fond du Lac, Dodge, Marquette, Columbia, Winnebago, and Waushara Counties. Complete home inspections and Radon testing available. Call today for a free price quote. Available 7 days a week.
Markesan WI 53946

 

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 Square One Home Inspection proudly serves Green Lake, Fond du Lac, Dodge, Marquette, Columbia, Winnebago, and Waushara Counties. Complete home inspections and Radon testing available.

 

 

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Suesan Jenifer Therriault
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You beat my husband to it, this was going to be his next blog. I'm sure you'll hear from him later as well. Great post, very informative and very educational to the first time home buyer. You keep this up and you'll pass me on blog points before the end of the week.
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Jan 29, 2009 04:21 AM #1
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Probably not this week Suesan, pretty busy starting this afternoon through Sunday morning. But I'll check in from time to time. Sorry about stealing your hubbies blog.

Jan 29, 2009 04:26 AM #2
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Not at all, he'll probably add a link from his to yours since they complimenteach other. I actually think your blog was very well written and on point. I asked Mike (my hubby) to read it and comment.
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Excellent post Ian. I'm going to put a link from my blog to yours since then compliment each other.
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Jan 30, 2009 12:03 AM #4
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Thanks Mike, once I figure it out, I will link to yours also.

Jan 30, 2009 02:17 AM #5
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And if your water heater is noisy, quite often that is clumps of sediment rolling around in the bottom of the tank as the water heats up. Because of the lovely water we have here in San Diego, the water districtis, and me too, recommend draining water heaters once a year.

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Ian - Thanks for sharing this information, most people don't do this.

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Russel-that is very true.

Jennifer-I hop eit comes in handy for you.

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