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You Should Flush Out Your Water Heater Each Spring — Here’s Why

Your home’s water heater does a lot for you and your family. Each time you take a hot shower, use the dishwasher, or run a load of laundry that requires hot water for optimal cleaning, you are utilizing your water heater. As time goes on and more and more water is pulled through your water heater, the chances of a lime-scale or calcium buildup forming just keeps going up. To keep your water heater running well and prevent long-term damage, you should flush it out at least once a year. Why not make it part of your spring cleaning schedule so you don’t forget it?

Does Your Water Heater Need Flushing?

Most water heater manufacturers recommend flushing out their water heaters once a year, as mentioned. At Mr. Rooter Plumbing, we generally recommend the same. If you have a big family, or you use large amounts of hot water each day, then it might be better to flush it out more often, like twice a year instead. Regardless of your hot water usage, there are a few telltale signs that your water heater needs to be flushed.

If you notice any of the following, then it is likely time to flush your water heater:

  • Temperature of hot water is unpredictable, going both up and down.
  • White scale buildup forms rapidly on faucets, showerheads, etc.
  • Utility bills are increasing without noticeable increase in energy usage.
  • Water pressure is consistently low, or drops low intermittently.

Thorough Spring Cleaning with Water Heater Flushing

Not sure how to flush your water heater? Please do not attempt water heater maintenance unless you are a trained plumbing expert. Making the wrong adjustments to your water heater could cause a dangerous pressurization, or could just further damage your water heater and water lines.

Keep your schedule open for other types of spring cleaning and leave the water heater flushing up to the pros at Mr. Rooter Plumbing. Our company is recognized across the nation for being plumbers and water heater repair specialists people can trust. We offer competitively priced plumbing services performed by highly trained and courteous local plumbers, plus convenient appointment scheduling options that prioritize your availability, not ours.

Mr. Rooter Plumbing of Charlotte is a proud member of the Mr. Rooter Plumbing family. Call us at (704) 842-9508 and get your water heater flushed for the spring!