If you are experiencing showers that no longer get as hot as you are used to, then it might be time for draining your hot water heater. The two most common minerals to cause build up are magnesium and calcium and the only way to get them out is to completely empty your hot water heater tank. This is a fairly simple task, but if you are unable to complete the job on your own, contact Fountain Plumbing to come take care of it for you. Here are a few steps to help you safely drain your hot water heater.

Turn Off Power Source

Dealing with electricity and water is a deadly combination and one you do not want to be around. Before handling anything with your hot water heater, be sure to turn off the power source to it to remain as safe as possible. Electric water heaters require a simple unplugging, and water heaters that operate by the use of gas need to be turned to the setting labeled “Pilot”. 

Shut Off Water Supply and Drain

To avoid a slippery mess on your hands, be sure to shut off the water supply to your electric or gas water heater tank. Once the water is shut off you can be sure that no fresh water will make its way into the tank. The next thing to do is to go inside your home and turn on the hot water faucet and allow it to run until the tank has completely drained into your sink or bath tub. 

Attach Hose and Clean

Once all water is drained from the tank you are ready to flush it out completely. Take your garden hose and attach it to the water heater tank. Carefully turn on your water at the tank supply valve you previously turned off, as the water will rush very rapidly once it is turned back on. To make sure you get all of the stubborn minerals out, open and close the valve several times. 

Drain the Tank

Allow the water to drain from the tank until it is back to running clear water again. You can now take your water hose off of the tank and seal the valve back up. The water heater is ready to be refilled for hot water usage, free from mineral and sediment build-up.

Fill and Power Back Up

The last steps are to take your cold water valve and open it back so you can refill your tank. If you have a gas run water heater, be sure to check your user manual to properly relight and start your tank back up. If you have an electrical water heater, simply go to your breaker box and flip the switch to allow power to go back to the water heater. 

If this seems like a complex job that you are unable to handle on your own, reach out to Fountain Plumbing to take care of draining your hot water heater. Plumbers recommend that you drain your heater at least one time a year to keep it working in excellent condition. 

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