Naturally occurring sediments in hard and regular water cause water heater buildup. Hard water contains more minerals, such as magnesium and calcium, that will settle to the bottom of a water heater tank. The process of heating the water is what separates the particles. This buildup may be the culprit when you notice your water flow slowing down. You need to call a licensed plumber to flush and service your water heater, extending the unit’s life and improving your water flow. Regular maintenance is critical to keeping your hot water flowing.
Water Heater Sediment Symptoms
Cleaning and flushing your water heater is an out-of-sight, out-of-mind task many homeowners neglect. Is your water going from hot to cold too quickly? If the water heater needs maintenance, you may hear rumbling or popping noises from your tank. Do you have to wait a long time for hot water? If the cold water faucets flow heavier than the hot, it indicates water heater or plumbing system problems. Call a licensed plumber if you have noticeably higher water bills or leaks near the heater drain valve.
Flushing Your Water Heater’s Sediment
Are you a skilled DIY person interested in flushing your water heater? It’s not an incredibly technical process but having a licensed professional service the water heater has benefits. A plumbing contractor will assess each water heater component while draining the sediment out of the unit. Drain a water heater that runs hard water through it every four to six months. You should drain your softer water systems every six to twelve months. Pick up the phone and schedule this for peace of mind and optimal water quality.
Extend Your Water Heater’s Life
Scheduling regular maintenance will extend the life of your water heater. Sediment buildup speeds up tank corrosion, reducing your available hot water. Keeping the water heater buildup to a minimum saves water, thus saving money. Most water heaters with regular, proper maintenance will last 10-15 years. If it’s time for a water heater replacement, consider both standard and tankless units. A whole house annual plumbing inspection is also in your plumbing’s best interest.
Home Water Softener Benefits
Hard water lives up to its name. Installing a water softener will reduce sediment in hard water. Water with fewer minerals benefits your skin, hair, laundry, water heater, and other water-related appliances in your home. There are many options on the market to choose from. It can be daunting to choose the best water softener, whether you have municipal or well water. We can assist you in picking the best water softener for your needs and installing it for you.
Do you remember the last time you had your water heater flushed and serviced? If you don’t, you’re not alone. You and others forget about water heater buildup until the shower doesn’t produce enough or any hot water. By then, you will have a problem to address soon. Avoid unnecessary emergency service calls and keep everyone in the family happy by scheduling regular water heater maintenance. Water heater mineral and sediment buildup are manageable and relatively inexpensive. Call Abend Services now and keep your hot water flowing