Draining your water heater removes any sediment in the bottom of the tank. Here’s how to go about it:

  1. Turn off the gas or electricity to the water heater.
  2. Close the cold water supply valve coming into the water heater.
  3. Attach a garden hose to the drain at the bottom of the tank.
  4. Run the hose outside on the ground.
  5. Open the drain valve on the tank.
  6. Release the pressure relief valve on top of the tank.
  7. Allow the water in the tank to drain out.
  8. Once the tank has drained, open the cold water supply valve for a few minutes to flush out any sediment.
  9. Close the drain valve and pressure relief valve.
  10. Remove the hose from the drain valve.
  11. Allow the tank to fill.
  12. Turn the power back on or relight the pilot light.

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Danny Lipford


Danny Lipford is a home improvement expert and television personality who started his remodeling business, Lipford Construction, at the age of 21 in Mobile, Alabama. He gained national recognition as the host of the nationally syndicated television show, Today's Homeowner with Danny Lipford, which started as a small cable show in Mobile. Danny's expertise in home improvement has also led him to be a contributor to popular magazines and websites and the go-to source for advice on everything related to the home. He has made over 200 national television appearances and served as the home improvement expert for CBS's The Early Show and The Weather Channel for over a decade. Danny is also the founder of 3 Echoes Content Studio, TodaysHomeowner.com, and Checking In With Chelsea, a décor and lifestyle blog.

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