Significant Pluming Element: Your Hot Water Heater

hot waterOne of the most enjoyed and overlooked plumbing parts in any home is the hot water heater. Whether it’s gas or electric, it provides you and your family with soothing warm baths in which you’ll be able to relax at the end of the day, scalding hot water to sanitize the dishes in your dishwasher, various temperatures to be used in your washing machine, and fresh hot water to keep your hands clean through the day. But for most families, the water heater is required for granted until it breaks and there’s no water that was hot that was more fresh. Instead of letting sediment to develop, causing cool showers and smelly water, take some time to do yearly upkeep on this important pluming device!

The Working Of A Hot Water Heater

You don’t need to know to perform annual upkeep on your water heater. It’s a 30 to 60 gallon tank which holds and warm water. There is an intake for cold water and an outlet for the water once it is heated and has to be used somewhere in your house. At the bottom of the tank is a heating element. A dip tube directs the newly added, water that is cold down toward the heating element, so it’ll heat quicker. There’s also a sacrificial pole prevents the walls or bottom of the tank from rusting outside and or anode which draws corrosion to itself.

Yearly Upkeep: Emptying Your Hot Water Heater

Draining this plumbing fixture is a relatively easy process and should be performed at least one time annually to flush out any sediment buildup that is accumulated on or around the heating element. Excessive sediment is one among the primary causes behind rotten egg smelling a drop-off in the heat of the water and water.

– Before you start draining for several hours before you try to empty it into the cellar drain, pails, or out a door|before you try to drain it into the basement drain, buckets, or out a door to allow the water cool for several hours.

– It’s a good idea {to allow the water cool the water, close the cold water intake valve (so that no more water pours in as you empty the existing water!), and open a hot water faucet somewhere in the house. The open faucet will let air into the tank as you drain the water out of it.

– When it is time to drain a hose to the hot water outlet so the water will drain to some basement drain, out a door, or into several pails. Then open the drain valve!

– Finally, attach the water, be certain you turn the heating element away. For electric heaters, you’ll find a switch to throw away. For gas heaters, you simply turn the gas supply off.

Yearly Maintenance: Flushing Excess Sediment out

Close the hot water outlet valve after you have emptied the tank and open the intake valve that is chilly to permit the heater to fill about halfway or so. Then empty it once more. Keep this process going until the drained water is free, clean and clear of sediment!

Annual care on your own water heater is a significant step toward keeping this plumbing component working efficiently year after year!