Running out of hot water during a shower is just about everyone’s least favorite experience. Now, what if that hot water started coming out a dark brown, rusty color? That rusty, brown water can be a warning that your water heater is rusting from the inside out. An even greater imposition could be lurking around the corner, should the water heater burst. Though this problem can become a crisis in a matter of seconds, there’s a simple way to save yourself a lot of anxiety and expense.
Your water heater is likely in need of a new anode rod. Anode rods are thin metal rods that screw into the top of your water heater on the inside, and they help protect the tank from rusting. There are many corrosive elements in water that cause rusting of the heater’s internal glass liner. The anode rod was developed to help decrease the amount of rusting of the tank by “taking one for the team” and attracting these chemicals to it rather than to the water heater’s lining. Just like your furnace or air conditioner, your water heater needs regular maintenance. The anode rods may need to be checked or even replaced periodically.
Another common cause of water heater damage results from sediment buildup in the tank. Sediment, known as scale, is caused from the heating of minerals in the water. If enough sediment accumulates, it will eventually clog the drain valve and can cause the water heater to overheat. Sediment also reduces the amount of hot water available and can cause discoloration. Applewood recommends a system flush to reduce the risk of permanent damage, ensure proper operation and to increase efficiency and safety. Sediment buildup is more common in areas with hard water. Hardness of water is determined by the amount of calcium and magnesium concentrations in the water.
Denver and its surrounding suburbs have hard water that tends to form scale. This is especially true for older neighborhoods. Denver’s water is also slightly harder in the winter, when many lakes and streams freeze. Applewood’s state licensed plumbers are water heater experts. Call today to schedule your water heater safety check. Clip the coupon for additional savings!
PLEASE NOTE: Aged valves and tanks (over 10 years) may experience leaks when a flush or maintenance is performed. Tanks over 10 years can still be instepcted and checked but a flush may not be performed. Service not valid for tankless water heaters.