Tips for Dissolving Water Heater Sediment – Sobieski Services | DE, NJ, PA, MD

Tips for Dissolving Water Heater Sediment

If you look at the bottom of your water heater, you may see a buildup of sediment. This is because, during the heating process, minerals in the water separate and fall to the bottom of the water heater, which can build up overtime. These minerals can also build up on heating coils as well.

When the sediment gets too deep, it can start interfering with your water heater’s ability to do its job. It can also affect the quality of water you’re getting out of the tap. Dissolving water heater sediment is essential for keeping your equipment working efficiently.

Getting Rid of Sediment

The process for dissolving and removing sediment is not difficult. However, it’s best done by a professional to ensure your water heater doesn’t sustain any damage during the process.

  • First, you plumbing technician will turn your water heater off.
  • With the unit off, your technician will turn off the cold water feed at the top of your water heater. Then, he’ll attach a hose to the drain on your water heater.
  • Once the hose is attached and fed into a drain, the next step is for the technician to turn on a hot water tap somewhere in your home. This relieves the pressure within the heater, allowing the water to drain off. Your plumber will then open the drain and proceed to drain your water tank.
  • After the water drains off, your technician will turn the cold water feed back on. This will help churn up more sediment, flushing it out the drain.
  • If the sediment buildup is heavy, your technician may use a cleaner to dissolve it completely. This process can take a couple of hours to complete.
  • Once your water heater is clear of the sediment, your technician will detach the hose and close off the drain. Then, he’ll refill your water heater with water. Once it’s full, the last step is to turn your unit back on.

At Sobieski Services, Inc. our goal is to help our customers in Delaware, Pennsylvania, Maryland and New Jersey learn more about energy and home issues – especially HVAC and plumbing issues – so that they can save money and live in healthier, more comfortable homes.

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