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What Is a Water Heater Flush and Why Should It Be Done?

10/14/2019 (Permalink)

Man's hands unscrewing a screw-nut on a water heater with a wrench on a boiler Flushing a water heater in Southglenn, CO

What Is a Water Heater Flush and Why Should It Be Done?

Life is busy. When you’re not at the office, you’re trying to complete the never ending list of chores around your home. Maintaining your water heater is probably one of the last things you’ve thought about, if ever. After all, it’s normally in an inconspicuous area, and until your shower suddenly turns cold, the hot water is often taken for granted. So, what’s the best method of keeping this appliance alive and well?

Drain It and Flush It

Sediment will eventually settle at the bottom of the tank. The sediment comes from minerals in the water that build up over time. A flush involves completely draining the tank of all its water, which flushes out the sediment, then refilling the tank. Performing a flush once or twice a year is recommended. It will:

  • Keep it running at optimal performance
  • Give it a longer lifespan (perhaps years longer)
  • Keep hot water temperature consistent for longer periods of time
  • Avoid excessive noise of the tank (knocking or popping)

The water of different parts of the United States contains varying amounts of minerals (e.g., calcium and magnesium). This is referred to as hard water if it contains a higher concentration of minerals and soft water if it doesn’t. Generally, the midwest has the highest concentration while the eastern states tend to have the lowest. If your home in Southglenn, CO has hard water, you will want to flush your water heater twice a year.

Stay Warm and Save Money

Performing a water heater flush will ensure that your showers remain hot; it will also save you money in the long run. Your unit will run more efficiently, making your energy costs lower. You won’t have to replace it as often, either.
Going years without flushing your water heater can result in it bursting. If your home sustains water damage, you may want to contact restoration professionals to return it to its original state.

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