I install the latest
after market flushing device which
consists of an extra long curved dip tube to create
a swirling motion to lift and drive sediment
to the drain valve which I replace with an full port
ball valve to maximize the flushing action.
This maintenance flush should be performed every 6 months
to keep sediment from accumulating.
The factory installed dip tube only reaches 2/3 down
the tank so when the cold water enters it mixes with
the hot water at that level and reduces
the hot water storage capacity of the
tank. Also between 1993 – 1997 many tanks got
bad plastic dip tubes that dissolve in hot water.
When the dip tube breaks off then the cold water enters
the top and mixes with the hot water
resulting in very short hot showers. The flush device
I install not only corrects this problem but increases
your hot water storage capacity by reaching all the
way to the bottom of the tank and provides the most
effective way to flush out returning sediment
to keep the snap crackle pop noise from returning.