How to Drain Your Water Heater

The water heater is responsible for the quality of water distributed in your San Rafael home’s plumbing. If the sediment reaches a certain level, the amount of impurities in the water can crease.

San Rafael, CA water-heater-servicesThe impurities and minerals contribute to the hardness of the water. Hard water leads to clogging in your valves and faucets.

Draining your water heater regularly controls the sediment levels and protects the plumbing in your house.

How Do you Drain theWater Heater?

The water heater should be drained every year. The process for draining the water heater is fairly straightforward. The first step is to turn off the water heater’s gas valve.

The water inlet valve should also be cut off. Next, the hose should be attached to the drain valve. It’s important for the hose to be positioned below the level of the drain valve. A faucet that runs hot water in the home should be cut on to aid the draining process.

The water heater’s drain valve should then be opened. Approximately three to four gallons will need to be used to remove the sediment. Finally, the drain valve is ready to be closed and the tank can be refilled once again.

How Flushing the System Benefits your Utility Costs

The average person uses 8 gallons of water when showering. Another 20 gallons of water is used to do laundry. When doing the dishes, at least two gallons of water each minute is used. If the water heater isn’t regularly flushed, the water consumption levels increase because the unit is operating inefficiently.

It takes the unit longer to produce hot water, which could increase energy costs in a household. An efficient water heater that is properly flushed will heat the water quickly and reduce consumption levels.

How Flushing the System Protects your Plumbing

Hard minerals in the water travel through the plumbing. This causes stress to the valves if the mineral levels get too high. Increased levels of sedimentation increase wear and tear on the internal plumbing of the pipelines.

This could mean that you’ll have to perform more plumbing repairs in replacing valves, fixtures and other components. Controlling the hardness of the water will cause less clogging and damage to plumbing of the San Rafael home. Flushing reduces the minerals that contribute to the hardness.

A part of maintaining your water heater is having it drained annually. If you suspect that it’s been a year or more since your water heater has been drained, schedule an appointment with our San Rafael, CA team at (831) 219-8644 to make an appointment with Bellows Plumbing, Heating & Air.