Rusty Water Heater If you’re lucky, your hot water heater will give you a sign that it is rusty. That sign usually comes in the form of rust coming out of the tap when you have the hot water on. If you’re not lucky, you won’t realize that you have a rusty water heater until it springs a leak. Fortunately, there are some measures you can take to prevent rust from building up inside your water heater.

  • Replace the Anodes- Anodes provide a line of defense against rust by collecting all of the corrosive elements inside the water heater. Over time, though, the anodes build up so much corrosive material that they are unable to do their jobs properly. Have one of our technicians check your anodes and replace them if necessary.
  • Flush Your Water Heater- You should get your water heater flushed every one to two years, depending on the type of water heater you have and the quality of your water. Flushing the water heater removes sediments that can turn into rust. This is an easy way to avoid ending up with a rusty water heater.
  • Keep Your Basement Dry- People tend to put their water heaters in the basement. While that is a great place to keep them out of the way, basements are often damp. If your water heater is exposed to water, it will eventually begin to rust on the outside. That rust can eat through to the inside of the water heater. Our specialists at Dry Foundation Technologies can waterproof your basement to keep that water out.

If you don’t want to end up with a rusty water heater, follow these tips. However, if it is too late and your water heater is already rusty, we can help. Locally owned and operated, you can count on us to get the job done right the first time.