DIY Solutions for Dealing with Sediment in Your Water Heater

June 17, 2019

DIY Solutions for Dealing with Sediment in Your Water Heater

The water heater in your home is one of the most important appliances yet it is often one of the most forgotten – until it stops working and water heater repairs are needed. Before it gets to that point, take steps to reduce sediment, which can help increase its lifespan.

If you do not feel comfortable taking the below steps, or you have a more serious water heater issue, contact High Speed Plumbing at 626-890-0185 for immediate help. Remember that a lot of water goes in and out of your water heater – if there is sediment buildup, it can reduce how efficient your water heater is, result in its premature break down, and cause other issues.

Change the Temperature

There are many materials that will dissolve when they exposed to high temperatures. Calcium and magnesium, the minerals that make up sediment that collects in water heaters, are not among them. In fact, the hotter it is, the more likely they are to form deposits. This is because they can essential glue themselves together as it gets hotter, instead of breaking apart.

Though the specifics will vary based on your unit and your usage, we generally recommend not having your water heater temperature set higher than 120F. Most manufacturers recommend this setting as well, but if the manufacturer of your particular unit has a different temperature listed, use that one.

Install a Water Softener

If you have untreated water (aka hard water) it will naturally have very small amounts of heavy minerals. As time goes on, these minerals build up and you end up with sediment. If you do not do something to prevent it from gathering, do not flush your water heater, or do not have your plumbing service maintain your water heater, you can end up with lowered efficiency and serious issues within your water heater.

To prevent this, we recommend having a water softener installed. Remember that the hot water is doing more than just affecting your water heater and pipes – it is an abrasive issue that can have an affect on your hair, skin, and clothes. It is also the cause of the difficult to remove soap scum.

Flush Your Water Heater

Ideally, your water heater would be flushed twice per year, though once a year is acceptable. If you feel you can do it yourself, there are guides that can help walk you through it. However, this is not something we recommend the average homeowner does. It is fast and easy to have the professionals flush it for you.

If you need help with your water heater and other residential plumbing needs, you can contact High Speed Plumbing at 626-890-0185 for a free quote and to learn more about your options.