For every homeowner, home maintenance is something you can not skip out on. It is important to always check up on items in your home to make sure everything is running smoothly, your water heater being one of them. It is important to flush your water heater annually due to the gradual build up of sediment in the bottom of the tank. Fort Myers, Naples, Cape Coral and our surrounding communities have high amounts of calcium and other minerals in their water that overtime will settle in the water heater and begin to build up, sometimes as much as 6 inches. This will greatly reduce the efficiency of the water heater and cause it to leak — the minerals will eat away the inside of the water heater.
Failure to regularly drain and flush your water heater can greatly reduce the life of the water heater as much as several years.
In addition to the sediment building up and reducing the lifespan of the water heater if the sediment builds up too high it can prevent the ability to drain the water heater altogether. The drain of the water heater is located 2-3 inches from the bottom of the tank, therefore draining may be out of the question if the build up is too high . The only solution at that point may be to prematurely replace your water heater.
When you become a member of Aztec Plumbing’s annual Prevention and Care Plan (PCP), we provide an annual flush and maintenance of your water heater. These two items are just some of the many benefits we provide included in our PCP membership. If you do not want to have to flush your water heater annually, another solution is to install a good in-line water conditioning product, which prevents having to flush the water heater at all!
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