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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

pressure relief valve

 

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.

Gas Control Dial

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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

coldwater shut off valve

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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5 Tips And Tricks Anyone Can Use Around The House

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Here’s some great tips and tricks you can use almost anywhere around the home and some of them may surprise you!

Vinegar For Removing Paint on Nylon Brushes

1- Soak gunked-up nylon brushes in hot vinegar for up to 30 minutes to remove paint and soften the bristles. Afterward, wash them in hot, soapy water, brushing off paint as needed, then rinse and let dry—good as new.

Lemons For Removing Mold

2-  Take  a lemon wedge, rub it in the corner where tile meets the porcelain tub, and run it up and down over the caulking. Let it sit about 15 minutes, checking it about halfway through (at which time you can reapply). Rinse the tub then clean it as usual. 

How To Protect Your Fingers While Hammering A Nail 

3- Hardware and hair products can live in harmony and come to your rescue when you least expect it. For example, when it comes to keeping a nail steady on the wall, sometimes, especially if you are driving it from an awkward position, there’s nothing better than to hold it steady with a wide-tooth comb.

Using Caulk On Baseboard

4- Always have a bucket of water with a rag in it. Cut the tip at an angle as small as you can and still fill the joint. Wet your finger and press as you run your finger down. Do a small section at a time maybe 4-6″ and wipe your finger on the
rag. Trick is to use only as much caulk as needed. When the correct amount if applied your finger will just flatten the caulk and not remove much. It takes time to master but worth it in the end. If you have white baseboard and white
walls there is no need to paint. If your walls are dark you may need to paint. The wet rag and wet finger are key. Along with not too much caulk.

Keeping The Mess To A Minimum When Drilling

5- Fold a Post It- Note to catch dust when drilling. The Post It-Note holds the dust!

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