Chances are that you have at least one water heater in your home, and possibly even more than that if you use water heaters as a means of heating your home. These devices are usually so out of the way and quiet that we rarely think about them until they break down and cause some water damage to our homes. Learn more about water damage from this article https://www.emergencyhomesolutionsoc.com/water/damage/laguna-beach/.
Water heaters are doubly dangerous because not only they contain a lot of water, they also heat that water to fairly high temperatures. You can prevent problems with your water heater with regular maintenance, which includes flushing your water heater. Here’s why it is a very useful thing to do.
It Removes the Sediment Buildup
If you have ever seen somebody take apart a water heater, you might be shocked how much sediment builds up in it. The residue is largely minerals from the water which have been separated from the water when the heat was applied. The sediment collects on the bottom of the tank as well as along the heater, insulating it and therefore making it less efficient.
Most parts of the USA have clean and safe water in their pipes, but it still does contain some mineral deposits in it. Over time the minute quantities can accumulate and create an impressive blockage.
Extends the Life Expectancy of Your Water Heater
All that sediment causes your water heater to work extra hard to achieve the same effect it used to when it was brand new. If a device is constantly working on maximum power, or even harder than that, it significantly reduces the life expectancy of that device. Cleaning the problematic sediment will enable your water heater to once again work without obstructions which will prolong its working life.
It Lowers Your Utility Bill
Closely connected to the previous issue, if your water heater is free of obstructions and debris in the water, it will consume less energy. That will, in turn, reduce your utility bill, particularly if you use a lot of water every month.
It Results in Cleaner Water
The water which comes from your water heater is the same water which comes out of your cold faucet, meaning it is generally clean and safe. However, water which has gone through an uncleaned water heater comes in contact with all the sediment and particles which are sitting at the bottom of your water heater.
The water can pick up these particles and take them with it and into the faucet which you use every day. Just like with the water heater, you may not notice anything at first, but it can start building up in your body and lead to some health problems over a longer period of time.
Prevent Serious Damage
Perhaps the most important benefit or flushing your water heater is that you will prevent serious damage to the heater. If you don’t think that the water heater is so important, think about the gallons and gallons of (probably scalding hot) water in it and the amount of damage it can do, both directly and indirectly.
Even after you remove all the water, you are left with damaged furniture, flooring, most likely walls, and most importantly the possibility of mold growth if the surfaces haven’t been dried properly. On top of that, you won’t have any hot water until you spring for a new water heater.
Like with most other things, regular maintenance is a far better choice than expensive repairs once problems escalate beyond control. Make sure that you keep your water heater functional and clean and it will serve you for many years.
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