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How to Notice Sediment in Your Water Heater

How to Notice Sediment in Your Water Heater

You may have sediment in your water heaters without even realizing it.

This may sound like a bit of a weird question, but have you noticed anything strange in your home’s water? A lot of homeowners, including you, may have sediment in your water heaters without even realizing it. While there are multiple different solutions to a sediment issue in your water heater, from replacement to repairs, we have to address the first step, noticing there is an issue. We will detail the various ways to see if there is a sediment issue within your water heater. We will discuss why this problem can impede the effectiveness of your water heater and how it works. Read on to learn the signs of sediment in your home’s water heater!

How Exactly Does Sediment Occur?

Before we take a look at the signs of a sediment buildup within your water heater, you have to understand the process of how this sediment even shows up in the first place. Your water heater may look clear, but it is full of minerals. These minerals aren’t harmful to your health, but they could be hard for your plumbing system to deal with. While your water may contain minerals, that does not prove an issue until heat enters the equation. Minerals such as calcium carbonate solidify once met with alkalinity and hot temperatures. This means the dissolved particles of calcium and magnesium start to take shape as limescale over time.

Notice the Issues

A sediment issue in your water heater can show some undeniable signs that homeowners should be keeping an eye out for. Some of the signs include:

Constantly Changing Water Temperatures

If your water is either too hot, lukewarm or a mix of both, it might be from a sediment issue. The sediment messes with your water heater’s ability to keep consistent water temperatures.

Energy Bills Rising Due to Sediment

The sediment inside your water heater may be causing it to work even harder to heat your water. This translates to even more energy being consumed.

Less Hot Water with Sediment

If you have a 40-gallon water tank, 10 gallons is full of calcium carbonate built up over the years, which is a standard amount, then your hot water tank is running at about ¾ it’s average capacity. This means less hot water and a potential sediment issue in your water heater.

If any of these signs sound familiar, it is a great idea to call one of the professional plumbers from Alpha Plumbing to come take a look!


Alpha Plumbing is a full-service plumbing and contracting company serving the Baltimore and Annapolis metro area with expertise in all aspects of plumbing. We’re family-owned and operated since 1991 from our office in Pasadena. We offer quality plumbing services at reasonable rates in a timely fashion. Our trucks are equipped with GPS systems to ensure we’re prompt and on time. No job is too large or too small! We maintain a fleet of well-stocked trucks and also own and operate our own backhoes for jobs requiring excavation.

For more information and to get a free no-obligation estimate, you can contact us on our website, send us an e-mail, or give us a call at (410) 255-5998.

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