How to handle Emergency Plumbing Situation
Your water heater is one pretty used and much more costly appliances in your home, and consumes a large regarding your energy dollars each month. And experts say regular care and maintenance is essential to protecting your investment and saving around the home heating as well as costs.
Regular flushing of one’s water heater is considered the single most important step you can take to prolong its service life in addition, it save energy. Over a period of time, sediments enhance in the bottom of your hot water heater. These sediments act as a barrier between the flame and the tank, thereby making your heater burn longer and hotter. This is not only destructive to the tank, but highly inefficient and will significantly raise your heating costs.
In most regions of the country, the common water heater lasts 3-5 years. Regularly flushing your water heater can double living of your water heater from 3-5 to 7-10 years. To provide a source costs of replacement running from $700 to over $1200 in some cases, getting the most from your heater is a must in today’s markets. In addition, regular flushing makes your water heater run more efficiently and can cut heating costs fifty percent. Depending on the volume of hot water your home uses, that can mean a savings of $20 to over $50 a fair amount of time.
To drain your water heater, initially you should set the thermostat to pilot (if it is a gas water heater) or turn the circuit breaker off (if it is definitely an electric heater). Failure to do so could result in overheating and severe damage to the heater. Next, close the water supply valve located on a water inlet line going into your water heater. After backing up connect a hose to the drain valve located towards the bottom of the space heater. Open the drain and allow it to move until all of your water has emptied from the heater. Then close the drain. Open the water supply valve and refill the central heater. You should also open a hot water faucet somewhere indoors and stand there and watch it run for several minutes until water flows out smoothly. This will allow air to vent because of the heater and the water lines. Finally, you can turn the thermostat for you to its regular setting (for a gas heater), or turn the circuit breakers back on (for an electric heater).
Besides regularly flushing your water heater, plumbing experts also advise adding a water treatment system to your residence to filter or condition the water so it is less corrosive to your plumbing system, particularly in areas which have hard water. For more ways to care for and protect your home plumbing system, contact a licensed, professional plumbing contractor in your area to discuss options and products to fit the bill.
Abacus Plumbing, Air Conditioning & Electrical
The Woodlands, TX