Cleaning a water heater is a vital part of owning a home. And thankfully, it’s a very easy and effective way to extend the life of your water heater. If you don’t feel confident or don’t have the time to tackle the cleaning yourself, you can always contact a professional and have them clean your water heater for you. In which case, you don’t really need to know anything I’m about to talk about. But if you’re the curious type and want to try your hand at it, read onward!
Why Clean Your Water Heater?
You may be wondering why we clean out, or flush water heaters at all, But believe it or not, it can play a huge part in the lifespan of your water heater, and the cost of your utilities. All water has some amount of dissolved minerals such as calcium and magnesium. When water rests for extended periods of time it allows the minerals and other sediment to settle forming hardened layers on the bottom of your water heater. Regardless what kind of water heater you have, you have a heating element underneath the bottom of your tank that keeps the water warm. When the sediment builds up and hardens on the bottom of your tank it forms a thick layer of insulation between your water and your heating element. Reducing the water heater’s water capacity, and increasing the amount of energy required to keep your water hot. In extreme cases, the extended run time of the element needed to keep the water hot can cause cracking in the protective undercoating of your water heater, eventually leading to all out water heater failure and gallons of water being dumped all over your home. Something I think all of us would like to avoid!
How Do You Get All That Sediment Out?
There’s actually quite a few methods for removing sediment buildup in water heaters, one of the most common and popular is to purchase a water heater descaling solution and remove the sediment chemically, While this is a effective and cost effective method, it doesn’t remove all of the sediment. The next most common method is to simply perform a gentle flush by draining your water heater and then opening and closing the cold water inlet valve to stir up sediment as you drain, But there is a third, New method that beats both of these methods out in both safety and effectiveness. That method is the Turbo Tank Cleaner Method. You will be amazed at the simplicity!
Step 1: Drain The Water Heater
Before you do anything else you will need to shut off the electricity or gas to your heater. The process can differ depending on the make and model, but as a general rule for gas heaters, turn the knob to the pilot position. For electric heaters flip the circuit breaker and then disconnect your heater from its power source.The next step is to locate around the bottom of your water heater the drain plug. Attach a hose and run it either out of the house, or into a bucket. (Note, if you use a bucket, you will need to empty it many, many times.) Then close the water shutoff valve at the top of your water heater. We’re now ready to drain your water heater! It helps to open a faucet’s hot water to allow the tank to drain completely, and then open your drain valve at the bottom of your tank to let it drain.
Step 2: Insert The Turbo Tank Cleaner
Once the tank is fully drains insert the Turbo Tank Cleaner tool into the bottom of your tank, and attach the hose to the other end of the Turbo Tank Cleaner. Refill your tank with water, and attach a drill to the end of the Turbo Tank Cleaner. With the drill set to low, use it to turn the turbo tank cleaner. The beater on the inside of the tank will not only churn up the loose sediment like a gentle flush would, but it will also remove massive amounts of hardened mineral deposits at the bottom of your tank, crush them into a powdery slush, and flush it through the hose out of your home. Repeat the flushing process until the water runs clean through the clear body of the Turbo tank cleaner. Then you’re ready to piece it back together again!
Step 3: Clean Up
Upon completely draining the tank once again, remove the Turbo Tank Cleaner from the tank. Then close the drain valve once again. Take care not to forget to close the faucet as well before opening the water shutoff valve once again to refill your tank. Then the last thing that needs to be done is to reconnect your heater to its power source, be it electricity, or gas. Be sure to follow your manufacturer’s instructions for reconnecting your water heater properly, and then you’re done!
In the end, make sure to be careful and follow general safety practices when performing this maintenance on the water heater. And as long as you do, you’ll see much better performance and longevity from your water heater!