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How To Flush Your Water Heater in 5 Easy Steps

7/12/2022 (Permalink)

Image of a person flushing a water heater It’s essential to perform regular maintenance on your water heater.

Regular maintenance is crucial for your water heater’s longevity. By performing a water heater flush every six months, most water damage restoration professionals agree that you can avoid expensive repairs and even a failed appliance. Here’s how to flush your water heater in five simple steps.

5 Steps To Flush Your Water Heater

  1. Turn It Off

Before you flush the unit, you should shut if off completely. If it’s gas-powered, snuff the pilot light. If it uses electricity, turn off the power supply line at the circuit breaker.

  1. Hook Up a Hose

The garden hose tangled in your backyard will do. Attach one end to the drain valve, and place the other end somewhere that you’re comfortable receiving warm, sediment-filled water.

  1. Drain the Water Heater's Tank

Open the valve and allow the water to flow freely for five minutes. Next, turn the hot water on in the kitchen, which will aid in the draining process.

After two minutes, turn off the water supply valve on the water heater. The water will slow down gradually and then stop. Turn the water supply valve on one more time for a final flush. When the water and sediment subside, close the water supply valve once more, then close the drain valve, too.

  1. Restart the Water Supply

Once the valves are closed, turn the water supply on again and head for the kitchen. The faucet should still be on, but nothing will be flowing at first. When the water supply resumes, it’ll sputter a bit due to trapped air but will eventually return to a regular stream. This signifies that your tank is full, and you can turn the tap off.

  1. Turn the Unit Back On

After the tank fills completely, you’re safe to turn the unit back on.

To keep the showers in your Bountiful, UT, home comfortably warm, it’s essential to perform regular maintenance on your tank. Follow these five steps, and you’ll likely see that flushing your water heater is easier than you thought.

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