In the November Home Maintenance post a few weeks ago, one of the things we recommended you do this month is flush your hot water tank and remove any sediment build-up. If you’ve never done this before, it seems like a daunting task. However, This Old House’s Richard Trethewey shows you exactly how to do this task in their helpful how-to video. The task should take about 15 minutes to 1 hour, depending on how much sediment is in the tank, and it’s an easy task to complete. Click on the image below to view the video:
The steps are basic, with only a few pieces of equipment required:
- Turn off the electricity and water to the tank, allowing it to cool completely.
- Drain the water into a bucket using a garden hose and a pump.
- Inspect the water in the bucket to see how much sediment is in the water.
- If the water is filled with sediment, refill the heater and drain it again, repeating until the water runs clear.
- Disconnect the hose and pump from the water tank.
- Turn on the electricity and water to the tank again.
Information found at http://www.thisoldhouse.com/toh/video/0,,20047191,00.html