Pine: saves tank-style water heaters and makes ‘em last just about forever.
Everyone else: just wants to sell you a new one.
Every year or two ya need to flush your water heater.
Otherwise your tank-style water heater’ll only last 10-15 years, and not just about forever, like it should. Even if your water system is loaded with calcium, iron and rust, flushing your water heater will still at least double the lifespan from 5-10 years to 10-20.
What’s actually happenin’
Mineral sediment and scale in your water supply build up over time. They reduce the hot water ya got available. Plus they start usin’ up the anode rod meant to keep acidic stuff from attackin’ and destroying the tank and liner.
When your water heater makes a percolatin’ sound…
You know, percolatin’, like a coffee maker… That sound ain’t good. Means its cookin’ sediment instead of heatin’ your water. Means ya spend more on energy bills. Later on means your tank overheats and rusts out, expands and contracts more than it should, cracks your liner… Sometimes water heaters explode. Serious business.
Why a $189 Pine Flush is so much better (FREE for First in Line Family members)
Most plumbers can’t get all the sediment out of your water heater if ya haven’t flushed it in a year or two. Pine does. The reason is the small drain valve that’s installed from the factory. Not only does it clog easily and not flush, it doesn’t reclose properly. So every Pine flush checks to make sure your valve is large enough to drain well. If it’s not, we recommend ya let us put in a brass valve ($60) that’s 3 times the size of the tiny valve ya got.
Once Pine flushes your water heater…
It should last just about forever unless your water supply is super hard (ya might want to think about water softeners). As long as we’ve gotten it before the liner and tank have started rusting, we can get it back to workin’ pretty much like new.
If you’ve let it go too long without a flush
Pine can probably still save it. If your pressure temperature safety valve – PTSV is leaking (usually does after 10 years) it needs to be changed before it corrodes shut and turns your water heater into a bomb. If your anode rod is used up (takes 3-6 years without a flush, depending on your water supply), we can switch it out for ya to save your lining and tank. That means ya only spend $500 instead of a few thousand $$$$ to replace the whole thing ($189 – Pine flush + ~$60 brass valve + ~$60 PTSV + ~$200 anode rod).
The Only Time Ya Really Need to Replace Your Water Heater
Is if the tank and liner are rusted out or the Pressure Temperature Safety Valve is corroded shut. Then ya gotta replace for safety’s sake. Otherwise you can keep it, unless ya want to replace to get the instant hot water of a tankless water heater. Other companies would rather make the thousands off replacin’ it and don’t like the work it takes to do a good flush. Now you know enough to make your own choice.
Save Your Water Heater
with the Contact Form or by calling (507) 289-5900
We’ll schedule a Pine flush to make it good as new and give ya a bunch of peace of mind for years to come.