Posted on 4/13/2012

Maintaining your water heater is critical to ensure that it lasts for as long as possible. Standard water heaters use large tanks made of highly conductive metal to heat your water. Having a professional plumber routinely check your water heater can help to ensure that it works efficiently and effectively. Here are the basics of routine water heater maintenance.

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Flushing the Water Heater

As your water heater heats the water inside of it, the minerals and sediment in the water are left behind in the tank itself. Sometimes, this sediment can clog the pipes of your water heater, leading to less efficiency. Flushing the pipes can be a risky procedure, so it’s best left to a professional. Usually, a plumber will have to turn off your electricity, and then attach an external water source like a hose to a drain on the tank itself. Next, the plumber will turn on the hose and let the water flow through the tank and drain out, clearing out the sediment.

Checking the Relief Valve

The relief valve is what prevents your water tank from becoming over-pressurized. The relief valve is a critical safety feature, so it is important that the valve is functioning properly. Having a plumber routinely check your relief valve will ensure that your water heating system remains safe and functional.

Looking for Leaks

In addition to flushing the tank and checking its safety features, routine maintenance also involves checking for leaks. Leaks from your water tank can result in a decrease in water pressure and, more importantly, property damage. A plumber will be able to spot and fix any leaks, saving you money in the long run.

If you have any further questions about routine water heater maintenance or would like a plumber to check your water heater, call Arrow Plumbing, Inc. at (888) 349- 8161. We are a local Libertyville business that prides itself on customer service.