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Do Water Heaters Need to be Cleaned Regularly?

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If you're like most homeowners, you don't give a lot of thought to your home’s water heater. As long as it provides you with hot water for your morning shower and to do dishes at night, you're happy. However, like most all mechanical systems, water heaters require periodic maintenance to keep them running smoothly and to extend their life as long as possible.

What to do to maintain your water tank

The biggest threat to the well being of your water heater is mineral deposits from the water that collect at the base of the tank. Over time, these minerals and sediment can corrode the base of the tank, eventually leading to a leak (and a messy situation.) To avoid this from happening, HVAC professionals, like those at Hammond Services in Georgia, recommend cleaning and flushing your tank at least once a year. Many homeowners include this as part of their annual spring-cleaning routine.

Flushing and cleaning your water tank is something that Hammond Services can handle for you and help you avoid a full-blown emergency situation.

How it works

To flush and clean the tank, the first thing we’ll do is turn off both the gas supply to the tank and the cold water supply. Our qualified technician will wait about 20 to 30 minutes for the tank to cool down, and then attach a hose to the drain at the bottom of the tank and run it to the exterior of your home or to a wash sink. The next step is to open the drain valve and empty the tank, making sure that all of the water has exited the tank. We’ll mix two gallons of water with a commercial water tank cleaner, and add this mixture in with a funnel once the water line has been disconnected from the top of the tank. We’ll follow this by adding another two-three gallons of water on top of the mixture.

From there we’ll turn the gas back on and re-light your pilot light. The cleaning mixture will take some time to cure, likely around two hours or so. Our technician will then reattach the water line, turn off the gas burner, and let it cool then open the drain. It’s always a good idea to open the cold water valve and let the water flow through the tank for 15-20 minutes. Before we leave, we’ll close the drain, remove the hose, and allow your tank to refill.

By regularly cleaning and flushing your water heater, Hammond Services can help you increase its lifespan and protect your home from a costly breakdown. Learn more about how we can help protect your home’s plumbing systems, contact Hammond Services today!


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