Water Heaters

Greetings homeowners and future homeowners. Since I used the water heater story in my introduction blog, I thought it would be a good idea to tell you about the importance of flushing your water heater.

Here’s the deal. The average life of a water heater is 10 years. Flushing the water heater removes the sediment from the bottom of the tank. If the water isn’t emptied, it will shorten the life and efficiency of the water heater. How often should a water heater be flushed? Once a year should be enough.

Now, there are some things you can do to help keep sediment out of your water heater. Using a water softener and a water sediment filter will significantly reduce sediment. We have both those devices attached to our water heater so Skip (I can’t say we because I don’t do it!) flushes our water heater about every 3 years. Depending on the source of your water, even with a softener and sediment filter, you may still need to flush your water heater every year. If you do use a softener and filter, you should still flush your water heater after 1 year so you can check the sediment build up. If it’s clear, wait 2 years until you flush it again. If it’s still not bad, try flushing your water heater every 3 years.

I told you this isn’t a how-to/fix-it blog. There are different procedures for flushing a gas water heater vs. flushing an electric water heater. If you don’t want to try to attempt flushing your water heater by yourself, here are a couple of suggestions. Ask a friend who’s handy to teach you how to do it. Google it. Hire a plumber to come do it for you.



  • Flushing your water heater extends the life of your water heater
  • Flush your water heater once a year
  • Using a water softener and sediment filter can help decrease sediment
  • You may be able to wait 2 or 3 years to flush your water heater if you use a water softener and sediment filter
  • Ask a handy friend to teach you how to flush your water heater
  • Google how to flush your water heater
  • Hire a plumber to flush your water heater