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The Impact of Sediment Buildup in Your Water Heater

The Impact of Sediment Buildup in Your Water Heater

Sediment buildup can alter your homes water quality and temperature.

Water heaters play a significant role in maintaining your home’s general comfort. It allows you to perform routine tasks that can impact your quality of life, including showering, washing your hands, and cleaning, to name a few. When your water heater isn’t functioning properly, it’s easy to notice and negatively impacts your quality of life. Over time as large quantities of water travel throughout your water heater, minerals begin to accumulate, resulting in sediment buildup inside your water tank. Sediment buildup can cause many problems for your water tank, ultimately damaging its interior and reducing its lifespan. Below are some of the effects sediment buildup has on your home’s water heater. 

Water Quality

Sediment buildup can negatively impact water quality, altering its color, smell, taste, and texture. 

Lack of Hot Water

The delay or lack of hot water is commonly experienced when too much sediment builds up in your water heater tank. As minerals continue to accumulate inside your system’s tank, it leaves less room to store hot water reserves, preventing the heating element from reaching your water. The more sediment builds up, the less your water is heated until your system eventually shuts down.

Fluctuating Water Temperatures 

Your water temperature can also fluctuate between temperatures due to sediment buildup. Water can vary from lukewarm to extremely hot, negatively impacting the efficiency of your home’s water heater.

Efficiency and Costs

As more sediment accumulates in the tank of your water heater, the harder your appliance will work, becoming less and less efficient. As your tank increases its energy output to maintain a suitable water temperature, your utility bills will begin to rise. If sediment buildup is left untreated, you will continue to experience higher utility bills, along with the cost of major water heater repairs or replacement.

Water Heater Damage

The accumulation of too much sediment can also cause severe damage to the interior of your water heater tank. The increase of minerals requires your system to run hotter than usual, causing expansion, deterioration, and stress on your tank, resulting in cracks, leaks, and ultimately flooding.

Sediment buildup is a serious problem that requires immediate treatment to prevent expensive repairs or replacements.


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’ve been 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.

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