How To Drain Your Water Heater

The Reasons For Draining A Water Heater

Mobile, AL water-heater-servicesAn earthquake happens, the local water supply is contaminated, or emergency water is needed, and it’s necessary to drain the water heater to either clean it or to get a supply of water that can be used in the Mobile home.

There are several reasons to drain a water heater, but the biggest reason is to keep it clean as well as maintaining it.

Allowing a water heater to go for years without being drained can cause a heavy buildup of sentiment within the heater, and this can easily lead to rust, dirty water, or even a dysfunctioning or nonfunctioning water heater.

How To Drain A Water Heater

Draining a water heater may take a little bit of time, but it’s something that should be done when needed. A water heater that has an electricity supply should have the electricity turned off before ever draining it.

If the water heater is gas, then turn the gas all the way to the lowest setting. Make sure to turn off the cold water supply that is on top of the water heater, and then it’s necessary to connect a hose to the drain valve.

It is possible to use something like a bucket to collect the draining water if no hose can be found. A hot water faucet should then be opened, which typically should be the one closest to the water heater.

The drain valve on the hot water heater should then be opened, and allow the water to drain out completely. Once the water is completely drained, then refilling it up partway is necessary, especially since it has to be drained again to clean out the water heater.

This method is usually enough to get the water heater cleaned, but some water heaters may be filled with sediment to where it needs flushing.

If the water heater needs to be flushed, then allow the drain valve to stay open while opening the cold water supply to flush out the water heater and any sediments that may be lodged in the heater. Once the water comes out clear, then close the drain valve, and refill the heater with water.

A Plumber Can Maintain Your Water Heater

Who better to maintain a water heater than a plumber? Make sure to get a plumber out to your Mobile home every year to maintain the water heater.

Maintain your water heater with a plumber from Drain Busters & Rooter at (251) 245-8838 in Mobile, AL