Originally Posted by markopolo
I saw this Tank Saver Flushing Tool at Camping World:
It's just a wand that you connect to a water hose and insert into the hole where the anode rod came out. Turn on the water and flush out the tank.
I said to my wife "I could make that." She looked at me and said "Buy it."
I don't hear those words often so I bought it
Me neither. I have to over-analyze (normal for me) whatever it might be,
to the point where she can't take it any more, then I get the go ahead.
Tried, and proven effective.
BTW, here's my hot water tank clean out regime.
I set the bypass valves to "bypass" to seal the heater tank from the rest of the plumbing.
I then fill my garden hose with a few ounces of vinegar, then put the hose to the un-plugged
opening, and turn it on, until it starts to blow back.
Then I reinstall the plug, and drive it around for a few days to shake it up, like before dumping
the holding tanks, before I pull the plug again and blast the inside of the heater with more
pressurized water (garden hose spray nozzle) to rinse/flush it out.
Although I'm not a calcium/lime expert, I believe the majority of any gunk will settle in the bottom
of the tank due to gravity, much like your house's water heater tank, so as long as I can direct a stream
into the lower area of the tank I figure I'm getting most of it. Works pretty well, and I do get all kinds
of calcium-looking gunk out. I've been told vinegar can be added to your water system, in small amounts
to de-calcify it, if you do have a lot of minerals in your water.
Unless you've just bleached it, of course.