Often during the year especially during the hot summer time people often call either their water utility or their plumbing heater tradesman or contractor complaining of foul-smelling water which also tastes bad. While distasteful smell of the home water supply may sometimes in the summer time be due to algae blooms at the waters source, it’s not that frequent an issue. Winter time seasons of course it can be almost ruled out on the spot in terms of plumbing diagnostic workups. You can call hot water tank Calgary to fix your problems. You can call us at (403) 520-2040 if you are looking for the best plumbing services in Calgary.
In most cases simply draining the sediment from the hot water tank will be the simple fix. It’s so easy to do that most home and property owners can do it with minimal supplies, tools and expertise with little fear of damage or mistakes what so ever.
Here is a simple sequence to follow to flush the hot water tank unit:
Turn of the main power
For electric (non -gas) hot water heaters begin by shutting off the power from the circuit breaker. If you have a gas (natural gas / propane / butane) hot water heater shut the valve providing the gas supply.
Turn off the cold-water supply
Next shut (turn off) the cold-water supply to the tank. It should be easy to spot. It will be a valve near the bottom entry to the water tank in most cases. In other cases you may find it as a water valve near the heater itself. If you are concerned it is the wrong valve (there is usually a hot water valve as well), trail the pipe the valve is attached to. Feel the pipe for cold temps as opposed to the hot water outlet pipe which will be hot or at least warmer to the touch.
Near the bottom of the water heater you can spot a drain valve. In most cases it looks similar to a faucet. Or it may be a simple round dial with an outlet to attach a hose in the middle of it. If there is such an outlet with a hose attachment- attach a simple garden hose to it, make sure it’s tight so there is no leakage. Open the spigot and stand back to drain the effluent into a safe place where it can drain away. In these situations, drain the water into a bucket or series of containers, ensuring that minimal spillage occurs. Have some towels nearby to mop up spills. It’s good to have two or more buckets (that are small enough in height to fit under the lip of the drainage faucet outlet). This way as one bucket fills, you can swap in the next and empty number one. It’s sort of like an old-fashioned fire brigade.
When the tank is good and empty you can start the process of refilling the tank. Very important do not turn power or gas back on until the tanks are fairly full. Otherwise you risk great damage to the tank unit – gas or in the case of the electric heated unit – to burn out the dry uncovered electrical heating element in one brief second. It happens all the time with careless amateur and novice plumbers who all said would pay less in total had they called in a professional plumbing tradespeople to begin with.