How to Drain Your Water Heater and Why
A hot water
heater is one of the most used appliances in your Sterling home, but it also is among the most frequently overlooked
home appliances. Most hot water heaters are located in an out of the way
location in the home, and you may not give the appliance a second thought
until something goes wrong and the unit requires repair work. However,
annual maintenance on the hot water heater is important for its condition
and for your health and well-being. The main service project to complete
is draining your hot water heater.
Why Do You Need to Drain Your Hot Water Heater?
A hot water heater often accumulates sediment in the tank. The sediment
can build up over time, and this can cause issues with the heater itself
as well as with your pipes and other plumbing fixtures.
In addition, bacteria can grow, and this can make your water smell bad
and be unhealthy to be exposed to. Draining the tank periodically is a
great way to remove the sediment as well as potential bacteria that may
be growing in the water and in the tank.
How to Drain Your Hot Water Heater
Draining the tank requires some time and effort, but you will not need
special tools in most cases. First, you will turn off the main water supply
and energy supply to the unit. Second, you will attach a hose to the spigot
at the bottom of the tank. Then, you will turn the valve for the spigot,
and the hose should carry the water out of the home without causing a
mess for you. After the water has been removed, turn the valve off, and
remove the hose. Then, you can turn the main water supply and energy supply
to the tank back on. Keep in mind that this process is recommended annually.
Call for Professional Assistance
Draining your hot water heater is a great way to keep your system well
maintained, but there are other aspects of the hot water heater that also
may be inspected annually for the best results. For example, the connections
for electricity and water may be inspected to determine that there is
not a leak present.
If you are ready to set up service for maintenance on your Sterling, VA
hot water heater, contact Cardinal Plumbing, Heating & Air Inc. today at (703) 541-8489.
We will respond quickly to provide you with the water heater service your