A hot water tank is a vital part of your plumbing system. Here are 3 useful tips for hot water tank maintenance or some of the warning signs that there could be a problem.
Visually Inspect The Water Heater
Take note of any rust spots, moisture, discoloration, etc. When these are noticed keep checking the water heater to be sure nothing changes. If the outside of a water heater has new visual changes chances are the interior is changing as well. If changes occur the water heater should be reviewed by a licensed plumber to avoid an emergency.
Make Sure The Shut Off Valve Works
Check to make sure the water heaters shuf off valve is working properly. If the water heater develops a leak, it’s important this valve works to turn off the water heater instead of breaking in your hands. The old style blue handle shut off valves which where commonly used in the White Rock, Ladner, South Surrey and Tsawwassen area before ball valves became popular. These can also leak or spray water from the valve stem. Most have a life span of 20 years so it’s always a good idea to replace them when replacing the tank.
Flush The Hot Water Tank
In area’s on a well system such as White Rock and South Langley, hard water can wreak havoc on your water heater. The best method of hot water tank maintenance is a flush out of all the sediment build up. This helps to prevent water leaks and retain great clean hot water to clean dishes and shower in. Sediment build up can also reduce the capacity and efficiency of the tank. This can be done by hooking up a hose to the drain valve at the bottom of the tank. The next step is to let the water run through the hot water tank for about 5 minutes. If you have an electric tank turn off the switch at the breaker panel to avoid damaging the heating elements.
At Boundary Bay Mechanical we will come to your home or business in the Ladner, White Rock, South Surrey or Tsawwassen area free of charge and assess your hot water tank for you if you don’t feel comfortable doing the above yourself. Contact us today for your free consultation.