plumbing system is a vital part of your Lancaster home and requires care to keep it functioning
water heater is one important
plumbing fixture that requires maintenance in order to keep it running efficiently. Over
time, sediment and sludge can accumulate in a
water tank which will make the heater less efficient and it will also shorten its
life span which can be very expensive to replace. As well, the accumulation
of sediment at the bottom of the water tank can solidify and
clog the drain
valve. To avoid sediment accumulation, it is important to
drain the water heater to get rid of the debris and sludge.
Here are the basic steps to draining a water heater:
1. The first thing you should do is shut off the power to the water tank. For a
gas water heater, turn the thermostat to the ‘pilot’ setting. For an
electric water heater, turn off the breaker at the main electric panel.
2. Next, turn off the main water source. There will be either a lever or
knob on one of the water pipes coming out of the wall to the
water heater. Turn it until the lever can no longer turn.
3. The next thing to do is locate the draincock. The draincock can normally
be found at the bottom of the tank on the side. It looks like an outdoor
tap. Get a garden hose and attach one end to the draincock and extend
the other end outdoors so the water will drain outside and not on the floor.
4. Slowly turn the draincock to open and allow the water to flow through
the hose and outside. Open the hot water faucet of the bathtub and let
it run. Allow the water to run until you no longer see any sludge and
debris coming out with the water. The water should be clear, not yellowish brown.
5. Close the
drain valve and turn off the faucet.
6. Turn the cold water supply back on and allow the tank to fill. Turn
the power supply back on after the tank has filled with cold water.
Water heater experts and your
Lancaster plumbing contractor recommend that homeowners flush the sediment from their water tanks once
or twice a year, depending on the quality of water in their area. If you
live in an area with high mineral content in the water, draining twice
a year may be necessary.
Generally, most Lancaster homeowners do not think about maintaining their
hot water heater until it breaks down and they end up with an expensive
repair bill or replacement tank bill. Because the hot water tank is an
plumbing fixture, it is essential to make sure the unit is properly maintained. It is important
to flush the water tank to help extend the life span of the water tank.
Your Lancaster plumbing contractor has the experience and expertise to properly
drain a hot water tank and check the tank for any potential problems.
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