In the aftermath of a hot water tank emergency, a homeowner may ask if there is anything they could do to prolong the life of their new tank.
In many instances, what they are trying to ask is, “Should I flush my hot water tank?”
Plumbers 911 Boston recommends homeowners flush their tank to help extend its life. Over time, minerals and sediments will collect at the bottom of your tank, where the heating element is located. As sediment builds and mineralization occurs, it begins to obstruct the heating element, and the water heater loses efficiency.
How often should you flush your hot water heater?
At a minimum, flush your hot water tank at least once per year, but it is optimal to do it every six months to prevent buildup and accumulation. If you live in an area with hard water, we recommend flushing your hot water tank every four months.
What happens if you do not flush your hot water tank?
Not flushing the hot water tank will allow sediment and minerals to collect at the bottom. This leads to scaling — a hard mineral buildup that can cause a host of problems. Scaling reduces efficiency, which means higher gas bills and colder showers. It can also lead to corrosion, causing your hot water tank to rust out from the bottom. Sediment can also block the pressure-relief valve that prevents pressure buildup, leading to a dangerous safety issue.
Without regular flushes, your hot water tank will be less effective, more expensive to use and not last as long. Like scheduling regular inspections from a licensed Boston plumber, flushing your hot water tank should be at the top of your seasonal to-do list.
Should you flush tankless hot water heaters?
While tankless hot water heaters do not hold as much water as traditional tanks, they do contain some water and sediment will build up over time. As a result, tankless heaters should be flushed on a regular basis as well.
There is a special process to flush a tankless hot water heater that requires a pump to circulate water through the system. Contact Plumbers 911 Boston to be connected to a licensed, bonded and insured plumbing contractor who can flush your tankless water heater.
Who should drain a water tank?
If your hot water tank has not been drained in the last year, then a licensed Boston plumber should perform the work to prevent a potential catastrophe.
If allowed to sit for more than a year, sediment can build up and cause fissures at the bottom of the tank. This can result in leaks or ruptures in the tank, which may be plugged by the sediment. Flushing a tank with fissures may dislodge the sediment that is sealing the leaks and can result in a busted hot water heater.
A Plumbers 911 Boston contractor is trained to safely perform this work and minimize the risk associated with draining a tank with fissures.
Need to flush your hot water tank? Call Plumbers 911 in Boston!
Make it easy on yourself. Call Plumbers 911 Boston and be referred to a licensed, bonded and insured plumbing contractor, who can expertly flush your hot water heater.