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Water Heater Maintenance Tips

Here are some helpful tips for your water heater.

Most of us don’t give much thought to our water heaters until they stop working.  However, if you want to avoid taking an icy cold shower this winter, it’s important that you take steps to maintain your water heater.  Here are some simple tips to help you take care of your water heater this winter.

1) Locate It

While this is obvious, it’s important that you know where to find your water heater.  In most homes, the water heater is located in the garage or basement.  Once you know where your water heater is, you need to make sure you can access it.  This means clearing away anything that’s blocking it.  Be especially careful to remove any items that are blocking the plumbing leading to and from your water heater.

2) Drain and Flush It

You should drain your water heater annually to make sure that it’s operating properly.  You only have to drain a couple of gallons to start.  If the water is clean, you’re good to go.  However, if you notice sediment or other debris in the water, it’s time to completely drain and flush your water heater.  Start by turning off your water and shutting off the heat. Then, open the drain on your water heater and let all the water filter out.  Next, turn your water back on and let it flow out of the open drain.  Once the water runs clean, close the drain and let the tank re-fill.  After it’s full, you can turn your heat back on and adjust the temperature to your liking.

3) Inspect It

You should inspect your water heater every year or so.  Start by examining the pipes leading to and from your water heater.  If you notice significant signs of wear or deterioration, the pipes might need replacement.  Additionally, you should check for any signs of soot or black discoloration around your heater.  These are signs that your heater is having some combustion issues.  If you notice any of these problems, bring in an expert to make the necessary repairs.

These are just a few tips to help you maintain your water heater.  Want another way to make sure the things around your home stay in good condition?  Make sure you have the proper home insurance to protect against damages.  To find the right policies to address your needs, contact the experts at Pierce Insurance Group.  Don’t worry; we’ve got you covered.