Doing hot water heater cleaning is not that hard to do. But this could save you from a lot of expense. When you fail to clean this heating unit, problems in the water heater could be frequent. All you need are the right tools and some information on the methods for cleaning.

Things you need for Hot water heater cleaning:

  • Brush
  • Garden hose
  • Pair of pliers or wrench
  • Teflon tape

Experts suggest that you clean your water tank at least once a year and to do water heater for every 2 months. This is necessary to prevent build-up of any of these:

  • Calcium deposits
  • Sediments
  • Rust
  • bacteria

Steps for Water Heater Cleaning

The first thing that you need to do is drain the tank. Next is to remove the drain valve. Use a long brush in order to clean the inside of your drain valve. The size of the brush should be large enough to fit into the drain opening.

Since the bottom of the tank is just below this opening, cleaning from this part is a good idea. Scrub the bottom of the tank using this long brush. Do the cleaning in a side to side manner and front and back. Your goal is to loosen up any build-up.

After a couple of times doing the cleaning, reinstall the drain valve. See to it that you cover this with a Teflon tape so that you will not experience any leak.

Attach a garden hose to the opening of the drain valve. Then, turn on the water supply to your water heater. Let the water run going to the tank and from the tank, the water will is directly drained. Let the water flow for about 1 minute.

Let all water drain first from the tank. After the draining is complete, you could repeat the whole process until you see that clear water is coming out from your tank.

It is ideal to connect the garden hose to a bucket so that you will be able to see if the water is clear. On you first draining, you will surely see how dirty the water is from the tank.

What you get with water heater cleaning:

  • more efficient heating unit
  • clearer hot water
  • water is heated faster
  • supply of hot water is better

Aside from cleaning, it is also important that water heater repair should be done by professional plumbers. Do not let a single problem left unfixed for a long period of time for it could have some bad effect on the overall condition of your heating system.

If ever you don’t have the time to do the cleaning, you could always call the experts for help instead of simply letting your tank go on for years without cleaning. Call Riverside Plumbing. We could help you.

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