How to Prevent Sediment from Clogging Your Water Heater

According to the Water Quality Association, if you’ve noticed any of the following, then you may be a victim of hard water in your home:

  • Stiff/Dingy laundry
  • High Soap Usage
  • Necessity for Fabric Softeners
  • Dry, Itchy, Skin and Scalp
  • Unmanageable Hair
  • Extra Work to Remove Soap Scum on Bathtubs and Shower Stalls
  • High Energy Costs
  • Scale Build Up in Sinks, Tubs, Faucets, and Appliances

Throughout the state of Indiana, there is some of the hardest water in the United States. Check out the national data from the US Geographical Survey:

Water Hardness Map of USA

How can you reduce the amount of hard water in your home? Well, a water softener is probably the best solution!

But if you cannot afford a water softener right now, then the next best thing is maintaining one of the most important appliances in your home: your water heater. Water heater maintenance is VERY important for extending the life of your equipment, especially in Indiana. A water heater flush and fill should be performed once every 4-12 months (depending on family size and lifestyle).

The reason why you should perform a flush and fill at least once per year is that sediment from the water accumulates inside your water heater.

Images of Sediment Build Up in Water Heaters
Your water passes through this stuff before you take your hot shower!

A flush and fill maintenance will remove a majority of the sediment buildup. The way this is done is by draining the water from the heater through a what is called the “drain valve.”

The standard port drain valve can make the process of draining slow due to the valve size. If the scale is in the heater there is a possibility that sediment can clog the valve, which makes it difficult to clean out the water heater. But, with a full port valve installation, the heater will have a better flow through its drain.

Full versus standard valves

Why risk the chance of a backed-up heater when you can ask our techs to attach a full port valve on for no extra cost? Next time you call for a water heater repair ask about how you can start preventing sediment blockage in your water heater!

Is your water heater making weird noises? QUIK Tip: it may be filled with sediment buildup! Schedule a flush and fill today!