True Story Alert! My neighbor (and friend) took a little weekend trip and came home to a flooded basement. Can you imagine? You are already tired from your “vacation” and come home to a giant mess and no hot water! (I say “vacation” because, I mean, how many weekend trips are really restful? Mostly, you come back more tired than when you left!) The moment your foot hits the carpet and you hear (and feel) a squish…you can literally feel dread building in the pit of your stomach. Oh no…what has happened and how much will this cost to fix?
Did you know that water heaters need maintenance to function properly? Like the oil in your car needs changing, your water heater needs cleaning out roughly once a year. This comes as a total surprise for many people. Many people just replace their water heaters when they stop working effectively, but first, you may want to try cleaning it out. Sediments build up in the bottom of your tank over time and begin to cause you problems. This can happen in both gas and electric water heaters and can potentially clog the drain line or block the transfer of heat to water. Now, I am not suggesting you start trying to clean out a 10 year old tank for the first time today! The life expectancy of most water heaters is 13 years. So, if yours is getting up there in age, maybe this is a habit to start with your new water heater.
For simple instructions on cleaning out water heater go to http://www.wikihow.com/Flush-a-Water-Heater, and of course, if you have any questions or would like a professional to inspect your tank, call Carmine’s today. We are happy to assist you in any way!