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4 Water Heater Tank Maintenance Tips

Could you imagine your life without hot water? The benefits of having hot water available at home go beyond the pleasure of a hot shower: It’s also essential to cook our food, keep boilers running, wash dishes, and perform many other activities. Hot water doesn’t pop up out of nowhere, though. You need to ensure that your water heater is in good shape, so here are some maintenance tips:    

Find Out Your Tank Type

The first thing you need to figure it out is your tank type: Is it natural gas, electric, or propane? Is it a storage tank type or tankless? Then, make sure you write down the model and serial number because you might need that information for warranty purposes. It’s also important to know the gallon capacity and how long you have had your water heater.

Prepare Your Water Heater For Maintenance

It’s essential to take measures to prevent accidents while you maintain your water heater. Turn off the fuel or power supply to the water heater and close the water inlet. Usually, these valves are located above the water heater. Give it some time to allow the water to cool down.

Test The T&P Valve

In case you’re wondering, T&P stands for “temperature and pressure”. This valve is normally found on the upper half of the tank, and it automatically releases the pressure when the water heater tank is overpressurized. To test if it’s working properly, pull the lever, and listen for a gurgling sound—that’s a good sign.

How To Clean Up Sediment

Over time, sediment builds up in the bottom of your tank, so it’s important to drain it occasionally. If you take too long to clean it up, the consequences can range from efficiency loss to the need for a replacement. Turn the drain valve counter-clockwise and use a bucket to flush out a few gallons of water. Repeat the process until the water runs clear.


We hope these tips will help. Note that some other maintenance tasks must be performed by a professional plumber. At Roto Rooter Plumbing & Drain Service, we go above and beyond to help our customers! Contact us through our website or give us a call: (208) 232-2458.

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