The average family uses between 30 and 60 gallons of hot water each day. Even so, most households never think about performing a key piece of maintenance, which is draining their water heater. How do you know when it is time to drain and clean your hot water tank? Here are some signs if you are asking yourself, “how often should you drain your water heater“?
#1. Your water isn’t as hot as it should be
If you are getting lukewarm water, the problem could be lime buildup around your heating elements. To eliminate this problem, you will need to drain your tank and then add vinegar or a lime descaler. Allow it to sit for between 20 and 30 minutes to break up the lime and then flush your tank again. For very heavy buildup, you may need to perform this step multiple times.
#2. You’ve noticed sludge in your water
Sludge in your water might be caused by flooded storm water systems, backed up sewer lines, or other contaminants that seep into your groundwater. Not only is it disturbing, but it can really affect the health and sanitation of your home. Sludge is very likely to settle at the bottom of your hot water tank, where it will continue to circulate until you remove it.
#3. It’s been more than 12 months since you last drained it
If it has been more than a year since you last drained your water heater, don’t wait until you experience a problem. Drain it now to prevent mechanical failures and keep your appliance in great working order.
Draining your water heater on a regular basis is the best way to increase its lifespan and ensure a steady supply of hot water. However, it will not eliminate all problems. If you still have issues even after draining and refilling your appliance, it’s time to contact us as your local plumber. We’ll provide prompt, efficient repairs so you can begin enjoying hot water again as soon as possible.