We all take Hot water for granted – until that unexpected morning that we step into the shower, eyes still half-closed, to awaken instantly with a scream as a blast of cold water hits us and we hurl ourselves back out. Talk about a wake-up call!
In order for your water heater to flow as it should, and at the temperature it should-water heaters need to be properly maintained. Not only will this help minimize the chances of a cold water surprise – or worse, flooding everywhere – but it will help ensure the safety, efficiency, and longevity of the water heater, all the while saving you money and conserving North Texas’s water supply.
According to the North Texas Municipal Water District, Hard water build-up comes from naturally occurring minerals — such as calcium bicarbonate, magnesium carbonate, iron, lime, and others — that are present in lakes and other water sources across North Texas. The treated water supplied by NTMWD is considered “moderately hard” primarily due to the minerals found in Lavon Lake.
While these minerals pose no harm to human health or safety, they can cause spots on clean dishes and “lime scale” in your water heater from the leftover mineral deposits once hard water has evaporated. You may want to seek guidance from a licensed plumber about maintaining plumbing fixtures and water heaters which can build up with hard water mineral deposits over time.
Flushing your water heater is a simple task that you can take care of in about an hour. Turn off the water supply to the water heater and the power as well. Attach a hose to the drain valve at the tank’s base and run the hose to a drain or the street. Open a few hot water faucets in your home to help the tank drain more rapidly. Next, open the valve on the drain to let the hot water and sediment flow out of the tank. Gently turn the water supply to the tank back on to rinse any remaining sediment from the tank. When the water coming from the hose is clear, you will know that the tank is clean. Close the drain valve on the tank and turn the power back on. Close the hot water faucets in the house when the water is flowing evenly.
With a bit of care and maintenance, your water heater will provide reliable service for about up to a decade in most cases. This ensures that you are getting the most from the money you invested in this essential appliance. You need to be able to rely on your water heater and regular maintenance gives you the peace of mind to do that. Because let’s be honest, most of us don’t enjoy cold showers if we can avoid them.
Don’t be a victim of a poorly maintained system! If you do not have the time or desire to complete your own annual servicing, call and schedule a water heater maintenance check from the team at Auger Pros Plumbing to keep your water heater in great shape and to ward off unnecessary repairs or replacements. 214-206-6580.