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Since most water heater that utilize hot water tanks have a span of roughly ten years, it is important to regularly maintain your water heater to ensure that it is working properly. In fact, a well maintained water heater will reward you with a longer lifespan, possibly up to twenty years, so make sure that you check and repair problems as they occur.

One of the most common problems experienced by water heaters is a build up of sediment. Mineral deposits can form at the bottom of your tank and, over time, this greatly affects the efficiency of your water heater. You can maintain your water heater by regularly (at least once or twice a year) emptying out the water so that you can clean out the bottom of the tank. When you find the sediment, you will need to open the drain valve so that you can flush out the sediment through the drain. Just flush out the tank by using several buckets of water until the water runs clear and there are no signs of sediment left. By removing sediment and making sure that your water tank is free of mineral buildup, you can prevent serious damage from occurring to your water heater and increase the expected life span.

Water Heaters


Traditional water heaters should be replaced every 8-12 years. In some cases, they may need repairs due to leaks, bad valves, corrosion around incoming and outgoing pipes, and rusting around the bottom of the water heater. Water heaters are not difficult to install yourself, but it is wise to use a professional plumber. This way, you have the guarantee that the work is done correctly and without any problems. The pipes need to be installed correctly and the fittings have to be secure and tight. The water heaters also need proper placement in the area where it will sit. A level ground is preferred.

Water heaters that are hooked up to hard water supplies might have corrosion around the pipes going out of the water heater that will cause leaking. If you have a leak, Call mark kinney plumbing.  If the corrosion damages the top of the water heater, you are going to need a new one. Because this is a big job. The temperature control valve might also become defective and regulating the temperature of the water will then be impossible.

The typical problems that happen to water heaters are rusting around the bottom. As the tanks get older, they sometimes show signs of wear. If you have had flooding in your basement, this also adds to the rusting problem. Once the bottom rusts out, the water in the tank leaks out and you will have no hot water and a huge water bill, if you do not catch it soon enough. Most homeowners do not inspect water heaters regularly. This is something to do to ensure you have no potential leaking. If you notice any crusty corrosion around pipes or rusting, you might want to Mark Kinney Plumbing look at it before it starts to leak

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This Morning I Turned On The

Hot Water And It Was Rusty,

What Should I Do?


Today, the quality of American drinking water is subject for debate. Many people are concerned about the safety of their drinking water. That is why when someone turns on a faucet in their home, they may be extremely alarmed if they see rust colored water flowing through the pipes. Rust in water is a very common problem. In fact, when pipes become galvanized, they rust and that rust will enter your water. If you have rust in your water as a result of your pipes, the best solution is to have new pipe work installed. It is a good idea to contact a Mark Kinney Plumbing and determine the exact source of the rust. This way you can determine what the best course of action is to correct the problem.

Sometimes, rust in water isn’t a result of rusty pipes, but actually comes from the water heater. If you see rust in your water, you should clean out your water heater and make sure that there is no buildup of sediment at the very bottom of the heater. If you are concerned about the safety of your water due to the amount of rust, it is best to have your water tested.
Testing and Cleaning of your water heat can be done at a price of 175.00 for most all water heaters, small price to pay for years more use and better heating of the water due to having to heat the water through the rust first before it has a chance to do it's job.

I hope this tip was some help
Thanks Mark Kinney



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