Three Easy Tips to Extend the Life of Your Water Heater, from Four Seasons Plumbing

North Carolina plumbing company Four Seasons Plumbing is encouraging homeowners to perform three easy steps to extend the life of their water heaters, saving them money and time that may have been needed for repairs or replacement.   

Thoroughly flush your water heater. Over time, sediment builds up inside the tank. Taking a few minutes to remove this sediment will increase performance efficiency and provide consistent hot water.

Place a bucket underneath the drain and open it to allow the sediment that has settled in the tank to move out of the system.

Continue to drain water until it becomes clear, signaling that all sediment is flushed out. If there is a lot of debris in the water, it may be necessary to empty the tank for a complete flush.  

Inspect the anode rod. The anode rod is necessary to help prevent rust inside the tank. This piece of metal acts as a defense mechanism by attracting the corrosion away from the steel tank. The anode rod should be checked each year to determine if it needs to be replaced. If it is left to become fully corroded, the tank will begin to rust as well.   

Check the pressure-relief valve. Water pressure can build up inside a water heater tank. The pressure-relief valve is intended to automatically relieve pressure buildup.

The valve is a necessary safety feature that allows the pressure in the tank to be regulated, keeping homeowners safe from an explosion. 

To check the pressure-relief valve, lift the valve lever. Water should flow from the discharge pipe. If it does not, the valve will need to be replaced.

Homeowners should consider contacting a licensed professional if they encounter a problem during their maintenance checks. Whether there is a crack in the tank or an extensive leak, an experienced plumber can determine what the plan of action should be and how to tackle individual problems. 

If you’re in the Asheville and Hendersonville areas of NC, contact Four Seasons Plumbing at 828-216-3894 or visit

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