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Don't Neglect your Water Heater

Don't Neglect your Water Heater

A hot shower is a luxury we all enjoy, and it requires a water heater that functions properly. One important way in which you can care for your water heater is to have it drained or flushed by a Brenham plumber on a regular basis. Below are some guidelines:

To drain or flush your water heater, a plumber attaches a hose to your tank, drains the tank of all water and then refills it. The process is vital for the health of your water heater since it can work to remove sediment and buildup within the tank. During flushing, your plumber will also clean and take a look at rods, ventilation and other key components of your water heater.

Flushing clears out sediments that can have a detrimental effect on your water heater's performance. Sediment gathers at the bottom of the tank, creating insulation between the water and the flames that are hitting the base of the tank to provide heat. As such, sediment can cause the heater to work harder and use more energy.

Flushing should take place at least once per year, and many water heater companies send their clients reminders to make sure this takes place. Water quality and region play a role.

In Seattle, for example, water quality is so clean, there is little sediment buildup in tanks, so regular flushing isn't as necessary. However, in areas with harder water, frequent flushing is essential.

A heater's energy efficiency can be compromised if it isn't flushed regularly. More serious problems can result. Sediment can gather in the tank and piping, and you may see it coming out of the faucets of your Brenham home.

In some parts of the country, this can cause wasps and moths to nest in your piping. Sediment buildup can cause you to lose water pressure or to burst a pipe, and eventually your tank may just stop working.

Though they hold less water than traditional water heaters, tankless water heaters still require flushing to prevent buildup. Water is run through the pipes to remove scaling and sediment, and the fans, venting and other key components are cleaned.

For quality plumbing services in your Brenham, TX home, call Plumb Level, LLC at (979) 200-6674.


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