A long, hot shower is one of life's little luxuries and many people look forward to this after a busy day. But, if you have ever turned on the shower and watched a pungent brown liquid flow out, then your shower desire probably disappeared quite fast. Brown showers are caused by a rust build up in your hot water system, and many homeowners do not take steps to prevent this from happening. These are the facts you need to know so that you can avoid a brown shower happening in your future.
Why Is Your Water Brown?
The brown tinge to the water is caused by the inside of your water tank, and there are several reasons why it is happening:
- Your hot water heater is continually filled with water. Over the years the water eats into the lining of the tank wall, and this leads to corrosion. The corrosion takes the form of rust, and rust is red-brown in colour. The rust taints the water, and leads to both the discolouration and pungent odour.
- Additionally, as your hot water tank takes on fresh water, this water contains minerals and sediment. As these particles are heavier than water, they will settle to the bottom of the hot water tank. When this sediment is left in the water, it will both taint the water and build up to a point that it clogs your water heater pipes.
Now that you know what causes the water to go brown, what can you do to avoid it?
Hot Water Tank Maintenance
There are two main steps that you can take each year that will make sure that you do not have to experience a brown shower ever in your future.
Firstly, you need to flush out your water tank. This task only takes two hours, but it will get rid of all the sediment sitting in the bottom of your hot water tank. It is also easy to do and all you need is a hose.
- Firstly, turn off the power to the hot water tank, and allow it to cool for one hour.
- At the top of the tank you will see a cold water inlet. Turn this tap off to prevent any more water entering the tank.
- After you have turned on a tap in the house to prevent a vacuum, attach a hose to the draining faucet located at the bottom of the tank. Once the hose is attached you can open the draining tap and let the water drain through the hose outside or into a bucket for disposal outside.
- As the tank starts to drain towards the bottom, open up the cold water tap to allow fresh water in. Continue this process until the water coming through the hose is clear and without sediment.
- Once you are happy with the water quality you can disconnect the hose and turn off the draining faucet. Turn the cold water back on, and then the power so that your tank can heat up again.
Secondly, you need to replace the anode rod in the tank. The anode rod stops the water tank lining from corroding by putting out an electro charge into the water. This charge makes the water attack the anode rod rather than the lining of the tank. The anode rod will corrode over time, so it needs to be replaced annually to stop the corrosion from tainting the water. Making an annual appointment for a hot water systems specialist to replace the anode rod is maintenance money well spent.
These two steps are all you need to keep the rust out of your water tank and the brown water out of your shower. Be hot water tank wise this year, and you'll have the confidence that the water coming out of your shower is clean and clear. For more information, contact a company like Solar Repairs.