If you live in an area that is prone to cold winters and you want to enjoy a winter holiday away from home, you should take steps to make sure that your water heater does not freeze over while you are gone. The process of Winterizing Your Water Heater is an easy one, but only if you follow the instructions carefully.
To start this process, you must cut off the power supply to your water heater. If is works with electricity, you should simply unplug it. If it works with gas, you should use a crescent wrench to turn the valve clockwise unto the pilot light goes off. You must then locate the control box, situated at the bottom right hand corner of the tank and switch it off. You should then turn off the incoming water line for the house. You will probably find this outside the house or in the basement. Once you find it turn the wheel shaped valved clockwise until it is closed. The next step is vital and in involves draining the tank of all the water. You can open the tank by turning the handle in a clockwise direction until the water starts draining out. You can either attach a hose and direct it to an area outside the house for the water to drain or you can drain the tank one bucket at a time. You may open the drain by turning the handle in an anti-clockwise direction and the air vent can be opened by turning the handle all the way into an upright position. Expect to wait at least half an hour for the tank to drain. Open all the sink faucets in the house and let the remaining water drain out.
The last step to winterizing your water heater should be done at your discretion. Some choose to do it, while others don’t think it is necessary. This step involved using insulation, duct tape and a blanket to keep your water tank from freezing. All pipes connected to the tank must be insulated and bound by duct tape and the blanket should be wrapped around the tank to keep the cold out. Follow us for more interesting tips in how to keep your water heater tank from freezing.