Imagine my surprise when I came home from work one freezing cold evening and found water flooding my basement. I ran to turn off the water and then I called the plumber. Even though it was late in the evening, the plumber immediately came to my house and fixed the busted water line. The plumber told me that I could have prevented my water line from freezing and busting if I had winterized the pipes. After researching various methods, I insulated the pipes so they won't freeze again. My name is Joel Hampton and this blog is about the different ways to winterize your plumbing pipes to keep them from freezing. Coming home to a basement filled with water is a nightmare and I hope that after reading the information in my blog, it won't happen to you.
Many homeowners ignore their water heater until something happens where it needs to be replaced. While nobody wants to replace their water heater, it's easy to make the mistake of not doing regular maintenance that keeps it working in great condition. Follow these simple tips, and your water heater's lifespan will be extended for some additional years.
Flush The Tank To Clear Out Sediment
You may not realize it, but the water coming into your home contains all kinds of sediments that can clog your plumbing. Without a whole home water filtration system, the sediment will go directly into your water heater where it will collect over time. You may actually hear sediment in the form of a banging sound, as the sediment moves around in the tank when the water heats up.
The problem with sediment is that it causes your water heater to work harder than it needs to when heating water. It's not the noise you need to be concerned about, but how the sediment will shorten the lifespan of the heating element.
All you need to do is flush the tank regularly, and the sediment will come flowing out. Just make sure to turn the heating element off before flushing your tank, as heating an empty tank can also cause damage.
Replace The Tank's Anode Rod
An anode rod is constructed with magnesium or aluminum, and it's a sacrificial device in your hot water tank that is designed to stop corrosion of the tank itself. The idea is that due to the materials it is made from, the water will cause the anode rod to corrode instead of the tank. There will come a point where the anode rod deteriorates completely, and the water will start causing the tank to rust through.
The clear sign that the anode rod is gone is when the tank starts to rust. If you ignore the problem and let the tank form a hole, you will need to get a new hot water tank. Don't ignore the problem, and repair it instead. A plumber can replace the anode rod with a new one, and extend the life of your hot water tank in the process.
Hot water tanks may have a short lifespan compared to other appliances in your home, but they do not need to be replaced at the first sign of damage. Now that you are aware of some simple ways you can extend a hot water tank's lifespan, you will be able to save money by avoiding costly water heater replacement. For more information, contact StateWide Mechanical II Inc. or a similar company.