PSA: Check Your Water Heater Regularly!

(Courtesy of Next Level Plumbing owner & master plumber, Byron Thomson)

We all know that a water heater is an important part of the plumbing system, and if we forget, all we need is for it to stop working or spring a leak and we are reminded just how important it is. This is why it is important to check on your water heater regularly.

Here are the things you should check for.

– Check the bottom of the water heater for rust or water. If there is water or rust forming at the bottom of the water heater it is a sign that it is leaking. There are some exceptions to this, I have seen bleach stored next to a water heater and that will rust it out for instance. 

– Check the top of the water heater where the hot and cold connections are. A lot of times this will build up a lot of corrosion which will then start down the path of leaking. Check for rust lines starting to form down the sides of the water heater. If you are seeing rust lines going down the water heater it is starting to leak.

– Check the age of the water heater. This is encoded in the serial number which is located on the sticker on the water heater. Then check the internet for how to find the age of your specific water heater and it will tell you. If it 6 years or younger, then you can do the next step.

– Flush the water heater. The manufacturer recommends flushing the water heater to remove sediment buildup from the inside. To do this just connect a hose to the drain valve at the bottom of the water heater. Leave the water on to the water heater and open the drain valve. Let this flow till you have clear water and don’t have particles of sediment still coming out.

– If you have a thermal expansion tank connected to your water heater, you should check the pressure in the tank with the water off and let it run until the water pressure is relieved.

– Final Tip! Don’t store bleach or any other chemicals near your water heater as they will start to rust it from the outside.

If you aren’t comfortable checking on this we have all of this as a part of our service agreement. To learn more about it and find out if it’s a good option for you, give us a call or text at 941-504-3578 or email us at! 

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