Close to every household depends on hot water for cooking, cleaning, bathing, and washing clothes. Truthfully, we don’t know the beauty of what we have until it’s gone, and the potential breakdown of your hot water heater might seem like the end of the world. In order to prevent the obvious chaos that will follow, there are a few maintenance tips that we will share with you. As with most things in life, there is always a build-up before reaching a breaking point, so being able to see the signs of a downfall beforehand is vital.
All hot water tanks are made from steel and contain a thin glass lining that protects the inside of each tank from any rust damage or corrosion that can commonly occur. Sometimes, without the proper care, tiny holes can form in this glass over time, exposing the tank to major risks. An anode rod, which is fitted directly inside the hot water systems tank, will be your saving grace. These rods are made from magnesium or aluminum and can attract any toxins that are found in your water. Essentially, this rod attracts all the harmful materials that are found floating in your tank.
An anode rod is incredibly crucial to prolong your water heater’s life span, and without it, your water heater wouldn’t function to its full potential. Due to its importance, an anode rod must be replaced often. The lifespan of an anode rod is affected by the water quality, water usage, and tank quality. In most cases, these rods are replaced every 5 years. In many cases, hiring a water technician will be the answer to all your questions, and will give you a better understanding of the correct replacement times for your anode rod.
When it comes time to replace this rod, it’s recommended that the work is carried out by a licensed plumber. Many experts are available to supply and install a new replacement, making sure that your water heater stays as protected as possible, and increases its lifespan.