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Why is it important to drain/flush out your water heater sediment?

Typically found in your utility room, your water heater uses an energy source to heat water above its sitting temperature. Think of all the times you heat up water to take a shower, clean the dishes, or mop the floors. Having a properly functioning water heater is incredibly important, and one way to make sure it stays running during those important colder days is by regularly draining the water heater sediment.

Blockage from calcium and minerals can cause the bottom of your water heater to rust out. That same mineral blockage also forces the appliance to work harder to heat the water, causing your utility bill to rise in cost. If the sediment gets to be too much, you can start to see it come out of faucets in the home. You may also notice that your 20 minute hot showers are only lasting 10-15 minutes now before your water comes out lukewarm.
 
 
Draining your water heater clears out the sediment that has settled at the bottom. It not only helps your water heater run efficiently, it also helps prevent some major rust hazards that could cause a major leak in the home.
 
This is why we recommend routine maintenance on the appliance, which includes draining the water heater sediment at every quarterly visit to the home. If you have questions about your water heater and whether or not it needs to be drained, email our office at [email protected].
 

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