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Cleaning out your water heater is an important part of maintaining it, especially when you need to get it ready for the winter. If sediment starts to accumulate inside of your water heater, this could cause your heater to work poorly, and bacteria could start to thrive in the slush that is coating the bottom of the tank. In some cases, this sediment could cause the water at the bottom to overheat. The water could become steam and actually cause a small explosion that shoots off some of the sediment coat, and it will be loud. Do not let it get to this point. Keep your water heater in good shape with these steps:

  • First, you will want to shut down the power for the water heater and the cold water inlet valve. Next, you want to unscrew the cold-water supply line and take out the pipe stub that connects to the cold-water port. The cold-water supply line is located at the top of a water heater.
  • Then you can take a cleaner with a citric-acid base, such as Mag-Erad, and pour this down the hole. It will take eight hours for this cleaner to eat away at the buildup in the tank. After this point, you can attach a garden hose to the drain valve at the bottom of the heater; the other end of the hose should be outside. Then open the drain valve and connect the cold-water supply to the heater again. You can then turn the cold water back on. Watch the water coming out of the hose; it will be murky for a while. Once the water coming out is clean, you can shut the drain valve and detach the hose.
  • Before you turn the heater back on, open the faucet that is the farthest away from the heater. Wait until water comes out of the faucet, then turn it off. Do the same to all the faucets around your house. This is to get rid of air pockets. When you have done that, you can turn your water heater on again, and it should be ready to work overtime in the cold months ahead.

If you experience any problems with your water heater, do not hesitate to call A-1 Sewer & Septic Service, Inc., a family-owned business with more than 45 years of experience. Our team of experienced plumbing technicians can provide you with a no-obligation quote, and if you have a plumbing issue in the evening or on the weekend, our expert services will cost you nothing extra. Learn how we may be able to help you solve your plumbing problems when you contact a Kansas City plumber today!

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