When it comes to completing house chores, water heater flushing is easy to overlook. But regularly flushing out the hot water is an essential task. One small mistake while flushing your system and it can cause potential leaks and other problems down the line. This is why we want you to save money and reach out to an expert when professional services are needed. Read on about the purpose of yearly water heater flushing and why you should call a professional.
Removing Sediment Build-Up
So, why does a homeowner need to flush their water heater? Water heater flushing means eliminating all of the water in the system, draining it, and permitting it to refill again with fresh water. This is a crucial step of water heater maintenance because it removes sediment buildup.
With time, minerals such as calcium will develop on the bottom of your water heater. Although these minerals are okay to drink, they can harm your plumbing equipment. The minerals will quickly lessen the water heater’s heating capacity and deter it from filling up with sufficient water to satisfy your basic hot water needs.
Steps to Flushing Your Water Heater
Moreover, if you flush your water heater yearly, you can drain the minerals from the system before they become harder to remove. Flushing your water heater is complex, but it’s a three-step process:
- Ensure no water enters the tank by turning off both the water heater and the cold-water intake valve.
- After the water in the tank cools, drain it through a hose from the valve on the side of the tank.
- This will eventually drain all of the water into the tank, and it should be turned back on.
This procedure might be simple, but you can potentially deal with leaking water and mold problems if the water isn’t adequately flushed. That’s why we recommend allowing a professional to handle the job.
Reach Out to a Professional
Water heater flushing is an essential step in your home maintenance checklist. Instead of doing all of this yourself, why not call our team of experts to have this vital maintenance completed at the same time as a water heater inspection?
Get in Touch With B&D Today!
Dealing with any plumbing concerns that require a professional to step in? Struggling with an absolute plumbing emergency that can’t wait? Let B&D Plumbing know. B&D Plumbing Inc. services the greater Washington D.C. metropolitan area, including Maryland and Northern Virginia. Get in touch with us by calling (301) 595-1141 or follow us on social media including Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Pinterest. As a small, family-owned business, we understand how important your home is—and we offer exceptional service that matches!