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There;s not much worse that expecting a nice warm shower only to be shocked by icy cold water as you step in. This is usually du to a faulty water heater. Many water heater problems can be delayed if the water heater is flushed out every year. Not only will maintaining a water heater ensure that it work safely, it will also increase the lifespan. A correctly installed water heater that is annually maintained equals many hot showers and clean clothes.
The effects of hard water can negatively affect a water heater. As water is heated in your tank, the minerals begin to come out of solution. The primary result is the formation of mineral sands on the bottom of the tank. This is one reason why hot water isn’t desirable for cooking or drinking. In fact, if your tank was see-through, you might not be too excited about showering in it either! The build-up on the bottom of your tank causes two major problems. First, it increases the rate of corrosion in the tank, and secondly, it drastically reduces the efficiency because the heat has to pass through such a thick layer of sediment before it gets to the water. This causes more stress on your tank due to excess heat. When you need a professional plumber Sacramento Rapid First Plumbing is at the top of their field.
Once the safety check is complete, it’s time to add a few more years to your water heater by flushing it out every six months to a year. Every water heater comes from the factory with a drain valve located near the base of the tank. Simply connect your garden hose and roll it out to the street. Open up the valve and flush the sediment out for three to five minutes. Unfortunately, a factory drain valve has a rather small drain. It’s only about a quarter of an inch in diameter, which isn’t enough to flush all the sediment out. As your Upland plumber, I recommend installing a full three-quarters inch ball valve tank drain, which will ensure a complete flush out every time. A note of warning: If your tank drain is plastic, it’s better not to touch it. Because plastic exposed to heat for prolonged periods of time becomes brittle, attempting to open the drain valve could leave you standing in a pool of hot water. Instead, call your plumber! We are equipped with the right tools to replace even the most brittle plastic tank drains.
Well that wasn’t too hard, with a little bit of work you can keep your water heater up and running and your family safe and sound. Plumbers do protect the health of the nation, but we like to keep you in hot water, too. Most people don’t think about their water heater until they jump into a cold shower, but if you devote a few minutes every year you’ll have the payoff of longevity in the end.
If you find yourself in need of a great plumber Sacramento Rapid First Plumbing is the call to make.