You’ve probably got a water heater in your house, but you don’t give it much attention, do you? That’s something you need to change right now. Your water heater needs to be maintained to ensure it continues to perform in the best way possible.


You can do these things on your own, actually.


  • Turn your heater’s temperature down: Carefully look for a thermostat or temperature knob on your heater tank and turn the temperature from 140 degrees (the default temperature) to about 120 degrees (no less, though). Do this now, to stop it from overheating later. It will help you save on your monthly water bills too.


  • Test the temperature and pressure relief valve: For this step, you want to partly lift the temperature and pressure valve and let it snap back in place. If you hear the water gurgling, you’re good to go. If you don’t then it’s time to change the valve.


  • Mini-flush your heater: To drain your heater, you need to make sure you put a bucket under your heater’s drain valve and turn the valve counterclockwise. Let a few gallons of water out in order to flush the sediments at the bottom of the tank out. It’ll help improve your heater’s efficiency.



Make sure that you prevent serious future problems by taking action to maintain your heater today. Contact the professionals if you have already begun to experience heater issues or any other plumbing problem. We’ve got experienced and affordable plumbers in Ottawa. With just one call, we can help you solve your plumbing needs and offer you emergency plumbing services!