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How to Flush Your Water Heater

Your water heater is one of those appliances that it’s easy to forget. Tucked away in a closet or basement, it’s out of sight, out of mind.

Until it stops working, that is.

If your Philadelphia plumbing is running out of hot water faster than you would like, ask yourself how long it’s been since you flushed your water heater’s tank. If the answer is more than a year — or never — it’s probably time to complete this home maintenance task.

Over time, sediment and rust can build up in the bottom of your tank, keeping it from heating water as well as it used to. Flushing the tank every year can keep your water hot and your water heater working. It’s a quick and simple task you can take care of without calling a plumber.

A Step-by-Step Guide

Before you get started, it’s important to remember that the water in your water heater and your hot water pipes is, you guessed it, hot. Exercise caution and wear gloves to protect yourself from burns.

  • Attach a garden hose to the drain valve on the water heater and run the hose to a drain, the outdoors or a large bucket.
  • Open the drain valve. This may require a flathead screwdriver. Allow the water to flow until it stops, being careful to avoid burns.
  • When the water runs clear, disconnect the hose and close the drain valve.

Maintenance is Key

In addition to flushing the tank, you should have your water heater inspected and serviced by a professional plumber once a year. If it’s time to have yours checked out, or if you’re experiencing problems, the pros at Giannone can help. Just call us at (215) 375-7134 or use our online scheduling system today.

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