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Replace a Leaking Water Heater Drain Valve

If your water heater is leaking, you may be quick to call in a repair man to fix the problem. However, before you call in reinforcements, consider learning how to fix the problem yourself.

Why Fix It on Your Own

Water heaters that leak are not a new thing or a rare thing. In fact, they leak quite often so instead of letting the maintenance bills pile up, learn how to do it yourself so that when it happens again it will be a quick and easy, and still cheap fix. You will be surprised how simple it is and there is basically no risk involved. Many people see the tankless water heater reviews and think it is time to switch but it is completely unnecessary, and those systems are expensive. People are also afraid of doing their own home maintenance because they are worried about causing worse problems if they mess up that if you mess this up, not much happens. It will probably just keep leaking, and you will have to try again. No big deal.

Patching a Water Heater Drain Valve

When you drain your water heater, often the valve will start to leak- it’s just how things go. They are used so little that this just tends to happen when they are old or not used frequently. If there is not a significant amount of damage, you can get away with simply patching it up. All you need to do in order to patch it is to use a hose cap on it to keep it from leaking. A hose cap is easy to find at your local plumbing and home maintenance and hardware store, just talk to a sales associate there if you have trouble finding it. More details here.

Replacing a Water Heater Drain Valve

When the damage is significant from your water heater leaking you will need to replace the valve completely. Or even if you are not one to just patch something up, and you would rather have a more lasting fix, replacing it is the way to go.

  • First, make sure you drain the water heater, so it is completely empty. It is hard to work on the valve when there is a constant leak going on.
  • Second, unscrew the old leaky drain valve that has temporarily ruined your life. If it is stuck on tight, use a pipe wrench or pliers to assist in the unscrewing process- you will want to turn it counter-clockwise, or it won’t be going anywhere.
  • Third, check out the length of the drain valve and match your new one to its specifications. The best thing to replace it with is a full port ball valve because it works a lot faster and will last a lot longer.
  • Fourth, use Teflon tape on the threads of the valve you are installing in order to prevent future leaks.
  • Fifth, make sure that your new valve is on tight and facing the correct direction.
  • Sixth, fill up your water heater again and make sure that it does not continue to leak. Make sure to keep checking on it for a few weeks in order to make sure that it is a lasting fix.

Now You’re Handy!

Congratulations! If you have completed this process, then you can now officially consider yourself handy. You have not only learned a new helpful skill, but you surely saved yourself some money as well. The process is relatively simple to fix a water heater leaking, which comes as a surprise to many people, so if you haven’t tried it yet, go ahead and give it a shot!

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The best Methods of Water Softening

waterWater softening primarily entails the process of removing metal cations such as calcium, magnesium that are responsible for hard water, this article cover the best water softeners. The main reason to soften water is to make it more compatible with soap from washing as well as increase the durability of plumbing. Water softening can be done with the use of various methods, but we are going to discuss the best ways. The methods come with advantages as well as shortcoming.

Salt-free water softeners

The best water softener methods, which use NaturSoft media. The media used has calcium carbonate crystals on its surface. This attracts the excess hardness in the water by removing it from the solution and integrating it into the calcium carbonate crystal structure. The crystal grows larger as the water flows, and the granules keep on rubbing as well as fragmenting on the same time. The crystals keep moving in the pipe dissolving the excess hardness.

The method is recommended because of

  • The method does not need any maintained as well as an additional cost as it does not use any potassium or even salt.
  • The essential mineral required in the water are remved
  • The system does not waste any water as it allows 50% of soap as well as detergent hence saving on the washing cost.
  • Its 100% environmental friendly
  • The system increases the lifespan of appliances such as dishwasher, water heater among others.

The method only disadvantage is that it’s not used with hard water with oil or even traces of H2S.

Salt based water softener

The method is described as ion exchange process and is used by people who use salts or even potassium in the removal of calcium as well as magnesium to make the waste soft. The method works by removing calcium and magnesium ions that are responsible for hard water. The hardness ions replaced with nonhardness ions hence the soft water. The method uses sodium in the removal of calcium and magnesium. Read more in our post here.

The effectiveness of the method depends on

  • The hardness of the water
  • Water unit size to be softened
  • The amount of water used
  • The capacity of the exchange media for soft water

The method recommended as it leaves no scaling on the household appliances, hence increasing their lifetime. Clothes washing with soft water from the process always have more delicate feeling, and still the approach reduce soap usage as well as detergent hence lowering the cost of washing.

The disadvantages with the use these methods are

  • The soft water from this method is not used for drinking, lawns, as well as watering plants and gardens due to the sodium salt.
  • The process induces extra cost for maintaining the brine.
  • Reverse osmosis

This method involves passing the water through a semi-permeable membrane which traps out the salts are causing hard water hence soft water. The reverse osmosis process refers water from a concentrated high salinity to permeate to the other high purity stream with the use of pressure to drive the water through the membrane. The impurities and salts are left on the membrane. The primary benefit of the technique is that the process is efficient to remove 98% of all unwanted salts, as well as impurities.

The method has so many cons

  • The methods removal the entire essential mineral needed for drinking water
    75% of the water is wasted
  • The process is very slow and needs a large storage tank
  • The method adds to the cost as it requires regular disinfectant to reduce the growth of bacteria’s

The above technique is not the only one used in water softening as there is the use of magnetic water conditioner that we can’t recommend for use. The first method is the best water softer.