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judym

03:56PM | 01/28/03
Member Since: 01/27/03
2 lifetime posts
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Cold water is running clear. Hot water is running yellowy brown. Realized this when i ran my girl a bath, tested the cold in the sink.

Thinking this has something to do with the hot water tank....help...please tell me it just needs draining?
Thanks
Judy

rpxlpx

03:26AM | 01/29/03
Member Since: 03/13/00
1675 lifetime posts
I'd drain it, then see if the problem comes back. Obviously, if the problem remains you'll need to do more.
Did this happen all at once?
What type of water heating do you have?

judym

01:43PM | 01/29/03
Member Since: 01/27/03
2 lifetime posts
it is a gas water heater....i never noticed it until last night, then this am it wasnt doing it. So maybe it just needs to be drained. Does a plumber do that? I do most things around the house myself, but I am a bit afraid of gas. Who would be best to call?
Thanks for your response
j

LDoyle

03:49PM | 01/29/03
Member Since: 06/03/01
327 lifetime posts
You won't need a plumber. Open your access panel and you should see the gas control. Should have settings for Off, Pilot and On. Turn to Pilot to prevent it overheating while you drain tank. Then attach a garden hose to the hose bib at the bottom of the tank and run the hose outdoors to a spot where the draining water will not flood back into house. Turn off the main water supply and open one of the hot water faucets to allow air to enter tank as you drain it. Then open hose bib to drain tank. After drain stops, leave hose bib open and turn on the main water supply. This should stir up any 'goop' in the bottom of the tank. Check drain hose until water is clear. Close the hose bib on tank and watch open faucet until water flows showing that tank is again full. Close faucet, remove drain hose and turn gas control back to On. Will be awhile until the water heats up again but this should give the tank a good drain & flush.
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