Hot Water Tank Preventative Maintenance Tips

Hot Water Tank Preventative Maintenance

Draining your water heater once a year removes sediment from the tank that can cause it to work harder and cost more to use. Most people have no idea that there water tank requires yearly maintenance up until they start having problems. Following these simple steps will ensure that your water tank will perform at optimum efficiency and give you years of problem free service.

Please note the following Cautions and Warnings listed below:

If you do not feel comfortable doing this work yourself, call a licensed plumber.

  • Be careful, as the water may be very hot.
  • Do not power on without filling with water completely. If you do, the heating element will be damaged.
  • Regular flushing will keep your heater free of debris, but most plumbers caution that if the valve hasn’t been opened in more than five years, it may be best not to attempt turning the handle as the valve may fail.
  • If you do not feel comfortable doing this work yourself, call a licensed plumber.
  • Be careful not to break the drain cock.
  • Note: Read the instructions on the tank for turning off the gas and or electricity. Don’t just do it unless you know what you are doing. 
  • Water in your hot water tank can scald you.
  • If you did not allow the water to cool, it will be extremely hot as it leaves the tank.

Step 1:

First, test the pressure-relief valve located on the top or side of the water heater. This valve opens automatically if the pressure inside the tank gets too high. (Excess pressure can actually cause the tank to explode.)

If the valve doesn’t release water when you lift the lever, replace the valve (sold at home centers and hardware stores). Replacement is simple; turn off the water, drain the tank, unscrew the discharge pipe and then unscrew the old valve.

Wrap the threads of the new valve with sealant tape and screw it in. If your valve is several years old and has never been tested, it might leak after you test it. In that case, replace the valve.

Pressure-Relief Valve

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Step 2:

Then turn off the power and/or gas to the water heater. Unplug your water heater from the power source. With a gas water heater, turn the gas control dial to “off.” If you have an electric heater, turn off the power at the main panel.

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Step 3:

Next, turn the cold water supply valve off that allows water to flow into the heater. This valve will be located on the top of the water tank. Then turn on the hot water at any faucet to release the pressure inside the heater’s tank. Leave the faucet on until you finish your work.

Cold Water Shut-Off Valve

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Step 4:

Hook up a garden hose to the drain valve at the bottom of the heater and run it to a floor drain or you can use a bucket. Then open the drain valve where the hose is attached. Don’t worry about any gurgling or groaning noises coming from the heater, it’s just air entering the system as water drains out.

 

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Allow the water in the heater to drain out. This should take around 20 to 40 minutes depending on how small or large the hot water heater is. When the heater is empty, open the cold water valve for a few minutes to flush out the remaining sediment. Always let the water flow until you no longer see particles in the bucket.

Step 5:

Now that the tank is drained and cleaned of sediments disconnect your garden hose and close the drain valve. Close the pressure relief valve and open cold water valve. Allow the tank to fill back up. You will know when your tank is full when hot water starts to run at the faucet that was left open to purge air from the system. Don’t worry about any gurgling or groaning noises coming from the heater or the faucet it’s just air exiting the system as water tank becomes full. Once full shut the faucet.

Relight the pilot to the water heater if gas, and turn on. If electric, turn the breaker on to restore power to the water heater.

 

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Jaccuzi Tub Tile Repair

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Jacuzzi Tub Tile Repair

 

Project Inspection 

I had the opportunity to meet and offer assistance to a  wonderful client recently with regards to issues concerning tile repair work on their Jacuzzi decking and skirt.  Upon inspection, there were a number of tiles that had come off the deck and the finishing trim was detached.  We came to a mutual agreement that it was best to remove the existing tile and replace the decking and skirt with the same colour and texture of tile to ensure  everything matched.  This project was started on a Monday and here’s how it went…

 

Phase 1: Demolition

The first phase of this project was to remove the original ceramic tile from the skirt and decking.  When the original builder installed the Jacuzzi deck and skirt, they framed it with “2 X 4” and covered it with 1/2 inch plywood. They then applied mesh onto the plywood and installed the tile on the mesh.  A hammer and crowbar was used to remove the original tile.

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 Photos courtesy Don Of All Trades

By taking our time removing the existing tile, this removal process really wasn’t that difficult. The most difficult part was removing the steel mesh.  The next step was  removing the staples that held the steel mesh onto the plywood. At this stage we had a nice clean surface to start the rebuild as shown in the photo below.

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Phase 2:  Scratch-Coat

New steel mesh was applied over the entire deck and skirt. NOTE: Always put on safety work gloves to protect your hands  when working with steel mesh as this material can cause cuts and other  injuries. Staples were applied to secure the mesh onto the plywood, starting with the skirt first then the deck.  An unmodified thin-set cement was used to apply a scratch coat on to the surface area. We then let the cement dry for 24 hours.

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 Tip: When applying a scratch-coat, remember to keep the surface area level. Avoiding uneven surfaces will help prevent issues when you move on to the tiling stage.

My personal preference from past experience, is to keep the surface a little rough to help the new ceramic tiles bond better.

 

 Phase 3:  Tiling

 With all the prep work now completed, we were ready to start setting new tile. Our client chose a 12×12 ceramic tile for this project. 1/4-in. spacers were used for the tile and White PVC tile edging strip was installed in the location were the deck tiles met the skirt tile.

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Photos courtesy Don Of All Trades

Next stage of the project-grout.  Remember when applying grout to work a small area at a time and to go over the area with a sponge to prevent the grout from drying on the ceramic.

Phase 4: Finished Product

When looking at the finished product you can see how close we came to matching the existing back-splash, not one hundred percent but pretty close match. Grout lines came out nice and PVC tile edging strips really add the finishing touches.

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 Photos courtesy Don Of All Trades

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Foul Smelling Washing Machines And Why

 

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Are you a home owner with a Stinky Washing Machine? Not to worry, you are DEFINATLEY NOT ALONE! Washer mildew and odors are one of the most common complaints.

 

Some of the reasons are listed below:

  • Interestingly enough, some washing machines have the susceptibility to smell bad due to their design.
  • Bad odours from a dirty washing machine can actually transfer on to clean clothing.
  • Hard water causes lime buildup in the  washing machine parts and plumbing.
  • If you live in a humid climate, consistent moisture in the air prohibits the washing machine from completely drying between loads, causing mildew and stale and musky odours.
  • Repeatedly, soap detergent and excrement splash upwards, resulting in leaving  behind grime on parts if the agitator and wash bin that are usually located above the water line.

How Naturally Clean A  Top Loading Washing Machine

These instructions will assist in killing mold, mildew and keep foul-smelling odours away in your Top Loading Washing Machine by using natural ingredients which is safe and can be used on all washer components.

 There are  two common house hold ingredients required for this process.

White Vinegar and Baking Soda.

White vinegar will help disinfect by assisting in killing mold and mildew. The acidity in the white vinegar will help dissolve the soap scum and residue in the tub along with dissolving lime deposits in the pipes  left behind from using hard water.  Baking soda cleans and deodorizes.

NOTE: DO NOT ADD CLOTHES OR DETERGENT DURING THIS CLEANING PROCESS.

Step 1.

Choose you washing machine setting to run on Hot with the largest load setting. Add anywhere between 3-4 cups of white vinegar to the water  and let your washing machine agitate for about 2 minutes in order to disperse the vinegar evenly.

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Step 2.

Now add 1/2 cup of baking soda. Allow the machine to agitate again for about 2 minutes to incorporate the baking soda evenly. Stop the machine washing cycle at this point and have the water sit for  approximately 30 minutes to 1 hour.

 

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Step 3.

As the vinegar, baking soda and hot water are working, doing their job by penetrating grime and odors, use a clean cloth that has been dipped into the vinegar water and wipe down the entire washing machine. Pay special attention to the top of the washing machine, the knobs and dials, the top of the wash bin and any fabric softener and bleach dispensers.

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Step 4.

Allow the washing cycle to resume until the water begins draining. If your washer will allow it, turn the knob so the tub will drain while spinning, further cleaning out any gunk that has been loosened up and pushing the vinegar water through the holes in the wash bin. If your washer doesn’t allow this, start another hot wash cycle at this point and allow it to run through completely.

 

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 Step 5.

At this point, the grime and scum at the top of the wash bin should be quite easy to wipe off with a sponge. (Note: because water doesn’t reach this part, this area may need a little extra attention) 

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Congratulations! You have just washed your washing machine naturally!

 Useful Tips

  •  Leaving your washing machine lid open will allow the drum to completely dry and prevent mold and mildew odours from developing.
  • For best  results, implement a cleaning maintenance routine monthly.
  • Always remember to remove  your load of cleaned laundry as soon as the wash cycle is completed. This helps prevent the musky mildew smell from developing in your washer.

 

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