How to Drain a Water Heater | Plumbing Tips from Roto-Rooter

Posted by in Plumber Talk, on October 25, 2017 In this video, we show how to drain corrosive sediment (usually a result of hard water) out of a water heater tank. Over time, this sediment can choke the life out of a water heater and cause it to work harder than it has to. You can usually hear a sound like popcorn popping in a pan, or gravel moving around. The sediment also eats up the water heater’s protective anode rod and then begins to rust out the tank from the inside. Homeowners should drain their tanks every couple of years. If they have hard water, they should drain the tank annually, and/or look at installing a water softener.

Your water heater tank should have a boiler drain, and you’ll need to attach a hose to allow the tank to drain to the location you choose, so make sure you have one handy. If you have questions on the steps involved in this video, or if you are unsure and need help, an expert Roto-Rooter plumber is always a phone call away.

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