Originally Posted by browne02
WMTire how do you flush out the residue inside your heaters tank
I'm sure that everyone has their own technique for this.
1. How I personally do mine, is to pull the anode rod and wash it off with my garden hose. Be careful of where you lay the anode rod, because anything on the anode rod, could end up in your mouth,.... if you use water from your water heater to brush your teeth, drink, etc.
2. I then insert a water heater tank flush wand (hooked to my house water hose) into the hole where I removed the anode rod, and aim it all around the inside, washing off everything (removing the wand now and again, to give the gunk room to wash out). You will be surprised how much gunk actually floods out the hole. This process can take several minutes, and I keep doing it till I get just clean water coming out.
Link to tank wand.
Water Heater Tank Rinser - Camco RV 11691 - Water Heaters - Camping World
3. I made a attachment similar to the angled tip design of the flush wand to hook up to my wet/dry vac. About every other flush, I also vac out the bottom of the tank to get any residue that may have not washed out.
4. There is a link somewhere (I may have it saved on my home computer and will repost this evening) that also tells how to add vinegar into your tank, to help clean it more thoroughly. I've only done this a few times though.