Make more quality time for weekend recreation by having the peace of mind in knowing your plumbing drains are functioning properly. There’s no need to wait time after time for slow draining sinks to empty. Here are long-term maintenance steps that will ensure your drains will run freely, and that won’t require expensive and dangerous drain cleaning products or that ubiquitous plumber’s helper, the plunger. You’ll have more golf time, guaranteed.
I flushed my natural gas fired water heater last weekend. No, I wasn’t playing poker, and this was certainly not a gamble. I was just performing annual maintenance to increase the lifespan and sustain energy efficiency of a major home appliance. On the contrary, not flushing a tank annually is a gamble that increases the odds of premature water heater failure. And premature failure odds increase if you have an electric water heater, where sediment will bury and corrode the heating element inside the bottom of the tank. Why be suprised by a water damaged carpet or the replacement cost of a new water heater when a few minutes of preventive maintenance can give you the winning hand?
Flushing is an annual chore relatively easy to do, and doesn’t take too much time while 40 or 50 gals water drains and refills the water heater. Flushing removes calcium, lime, or other mineral sediment build-up on the bottom of the tank that otherwise reduces capacity and insulates the water from the bottom fired gas burner or in-tank electrical element, reducing heating efficiency. Annual maintenance is important is an area such as Salt Lake City, where the water is somewhat alkaline. . . .