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Plumbing Emergency: What To Do During a Flood

Welcome! My name is Sally. This is my blog about plumbing. I decided to start writing about plumbing after a very scary experience. I arrived home from work one day only to discover that a pipe burst in my home. When I opened the front door, I saw a torrent of water pouring down the stairs. I panicked and ran next door to my neighbour. Luckily, he used to work as a construction contractor, so he has a lot of experience in dealing with household problems. He helped me to turn off the mains water and helped me to mop up the mess. After this event, I decided I wanted to learn more about the plumbing in my house, so I went to a night school class.

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Essential Maintenance Tips for Your Home's Water Heater

by Melvin Owens

With a properly sized and functioning water heater, you get hot water when you need it. To keep the hot water flowing reliably and safely, you need to perform preventative equipment maintenance throughout the life of your water heating system. Preventative water heater maintenance also ensures efficient water heater operation, saving energy and keeping the cost of heating water to a minimum. 

However, being proactive with your water heater maintenance will increase the service life of your water heater, reducing the chance of premature water heater replacement.

Although the maintenance regimen for water heaters depends on the specific type of water heater you have at home, here are some essential water heater maintenance tips for nearly every home.

Check and test your thermostat

All water heaters have a thermostat that controls the water temperature. The water heater thermostat ensures water does not get too hot that it ends up posing a scalding hazard.

Thermostats are typically less susceptible to failure than other water heater components. If your water temperature isn't right, it is likely that you have the wrong temperature setting on your thermostat or the device isn't calibrated correctly.

As part of regular water heater maintenance, you should check and test your thermostat regularly. Adjust the temperature if the device is set incorrectly. If you suspect it is not calibrated correctly, you should bring in a professional to confirm this.

Clean your water heater

The water that comes out of the hot water plumbing fixtures in your home is not purified. It contains many dissolved minerals that tend to build up inside your hot water system over time. If not removed, these minerals can cause your water heating system to clog up, resulting in reduced hot water flow.

Periodically cleaning your water heating system helps to remove mineral deposits that accumulate inside the system over time. To clean your water heater, you first need to drain water from it. Once it is empty, locate the drain valve and attach a garden hose to it. 

Run fresh water through the system until the water coming out looks clear and sediment-free.

Maintaining your residential water heater can feel confusing and overwhelming if you lack the right knowledge, skills and tools for the job. That said, you don't have to DIY if you don't feel up to the task. Contact a local hot water service to discuss your water heater maintenance needs.