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Hot Water Maintenance: Effective Tips to Keep Your System Mold-Free and in Tiptop Condition

If you think neglecting your water heater’s care is acceptable, you might want to think again.
While maintenance is often straightforward, many homeowners repeatedly commit the unforgivable blunder of not observing necessary water heater upkeep.
Ensure your water system stays in peak condition by keeping in mind the following recommended maintenance tips.

1. Drain hot water system at least once a year

Draining your tank from the bottom helps get rid of debris and sediments that are accumulated due to constant use.
It also helps maximize heating efficiency and prevents rust and corrosion.

2. Check the temperature and pressure (T and P) relief valve

The T and P relief valve is designed to ensure your tank does not become too hot or overly pressurized. While not many people realize it, the importance of looking after this valve cannot be overstated.
When neglected, you can end up dealing with all the hassles and inconvenience a ruptured tank can bring.
In line with this, having it checked at least once yearly is deemed ideal.

3. Insulate your tank’s water pipes

Many homeowners not only fail to regulate their water heater’s insulation materials, they also commit the major mistake of not insulating the heater’s water pipes.
The necessity to insulate cannot be overemphasized as it provides energy and money-saving benefits.
Apart from a dramatic reduction in heat loss, insulation can also effectively enhance the water’s temperature.
Consider yearly insulation upkeep if you wish to take full advantage of the benefits it has to offer. Also, if you intend to purchase a new heater, opt for one with a thick insulation so you are guaranteed it will last for a long time.

4. Inspect for any leakage

A hot water heater leak can cause more damage than most homeowners anticipate.
Leaks that are left unattended are not only detrimental to your property; it can also pose serious health risks.
Case in point, the presence of moisture encourages the growth of mold which can trigger numerous health issues such as asthma attacks, allergic reactions and other respiratory problems.
To further ensure leaks are kept at bay, check the drain valve and see to it that it’s tightened properly.

5. Observe routine upkeep regimen

Just like other pieces of machinery, your water heater can surely benefit from regular and expert care.
If you do not have the spare time or the necessary expertise to look after your heater, the help of a plumber will surely come in handy.
While plumbing fees can come off as an unnecessary expense you can do without, nothing can be farther from the truth. Keep in mind that regular maintenance can reward you back in the form of lower bills, increased efficiency and reduced risks.

6. Reset or replace the thermostat

The inability to produce hot water after it has been turned on is a clear indication something is amiss with the thermostat.
In cases like this, cleaning the thermostat or replacing it (whichever is applicable) are two options you have at your disposal.
Also, it is best to remember that this job is best left in the hands of professionals so have a qualified technician help you out.

7. Call a plumber if your water begins to smell

If you notice a light sulfuric smell in your water, it is a foolproof sign there is something wrong with your system.
A sulfuric smell is often the result of a decline in water pressure so having this checked right away is mandatory. Enlist the help of a professional so damaged hot water parts can be checked and replaced when necessary.

Rachel Heagney is a freelance writer and is into yoga. She loves music and playing instruments, she also aspires to become a professional Interior designer and home specialists. She loves spending time with her friends and family if she’s not writing, she rather go on vacations with her boyfriend and family or go camping. You can reach her through her G+ or @rachelheagney on twitter.

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14 thoughts to “Hot Water Maintenance: Effective Tips to Keep Your System Mold-Free and in Tiptop Condition”

  1. It is interesting to me that you suggested an annual draining of this water. I have been totally disregarding this part of the maintenance and I just realized that that is probably why I’ve been having problems. This type of thing helps you to refresh the system as well as get a good idea of how it is working. Thank you for the helpful tips, I will make sure to get this done very soon!

  2. I really like the fact of “…regular maintenance can reward you back in the form of lower bills.” That is like music to my ears. My wife and I love our hot water, and our hot water unit has worked really well. But we have noticed that our bill has been a little high lately. I think the idea of having a regular check up will hep us make sure we are using it correctly. How often would you recommend getting it checked on? Thanks for your helpful ideas on hot water units.

  3. Thank you for the help. I recently noticed an odd smell coming from my water heater. It sounds like that is cause to call a plumber. Does that usually mean that there is mold somewhere?

  4. With any hot water system, you have to take care of it in order to get the full benefit of it! Like you said, you should always check the relief valves. These are very important. If there is a problem with either of the two, the tank could suffer from a catastrophic failure. If you aren’t sure what to look for or what to check, do know that you can hire a professional.

  5. You’re right about how I need to maintain my hot water system, so it will help me to know a few tips that will keep it running longer. Your advice for draining it at least once a year was really helpful. I can see how any debris and sediments that are accumulating at the bottom of my tank can cause it to run less efficiently. Now, I’ll definitely start checking for any sediments to keep it running smoothly and to prevent rust and corrosion.

  6. It’s good to know that you should call a plumber if the water starts to smell. I’ve actually noticed a faintly bad smell when I turn my shower on, but I’m not 100% sure what the source of the smell is. However, I’ll just call a professional to help me figure out the problem. After all, it’s better to be safe rather than sorry!

  7. Having a professional perform regular maintenance checks seems like an excellent way to increase the efficiency and reduce the risks for your water heater. I would imagine that having heater that is in good condition and is checked regularly would help you get the most hot water out of it. This also seems like an excellent way to find a plumber who you like and can call in case of an emergency.

  8. I have always been in the mindset that it is better to spend a little money throughout the year to maintain their working order rather than having to spend a lot of money when something breaks. I did not know that the hot water system needed to be drained once a year, however, now that I know I will make sure to do it in my house. I will also try and let my siblings know so that they can keep their system in good working condition. It is always a good idea to help people that are close to you so that they can help you when you need it.

  9. Although water heater is one of the important appliance but some we do not get perfect performance due to some mistakes. This post make me awoke to keep the system mold free and get effective performance.

  10. I had no idea that it was recommended to drain your water heater at least once a year to help it heat your water better. It makes sense that taking the time to educate yourself and provide the proper maintenance your heater needs can help you enjoy the water temperature you want. Personally, I would want to make sure I do a proper research and find a plumber who can work with the type of water heater I have and how can help me provide the maintenance it needs.

  11. My husband and I are having our hot water system looked over since it has been giving us a little trouble and were wondering the best ways to care for it in the future. So thanks for letting us know that we should make sure it is regularly looked after by a professional if we don’t have the time to. Since both my husband and I work full time, I’ll be sure to have a plumber come in every few months to make sure our hot water system works properly.

  12. That’s interesting that the inability to produce hot water after it has been turned on means something is wrong with the thermostat. I’ve been having some problems recently, so I’ll have to check the thermostat and see if it needs to be repaired. If something is wrong, I’ll contact my hot water systems company to help get it fixed.

  13. I never knew that you need to drain your hot water system at least once a year. I just moved into a new house and I want to get my unit looked at. Thanks for the tips on hot water unit maintenance.

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