Don’t Forget to Flush… Your Hot Water Heater

HotWaterHeaterFlushing your water heater is an important maintenance step to ensure you get the most out of your water heater.  By keeping your water heater clean from sediment buildup, you help ensure the maximum life is reached from this important home appliance.

To help you flush your water heater properly, please refer to the instructions below, provided by Paul Robischon, Manager of Washington Water Service.

How to Flush Your Water Heater

CAUTION: When flushing your water heater there is danger of being scalded.  Be careful and keep children and pets away during the procedure.

Water heater manufacturers recommend flushing sediment from your storage type water heater periodically.  How often your model needs to be flushed depends upon the quality of the water in your area.  Areas with high mineral content will have to flush more often.

What is sediment, and why is it a problem?  The sediment is sand or other grit from a well, or any other material that has gotten into the municipal water mains.  Sediment can also come into your home after the water company flushes out their lines.

Over time, your heater can accumulate this sediment consisting of sand, gravel, grit, and various mineral deposits.  This buildup can reduce the amount your water heater holds, create a variety of interesting noises, and reduce the efficiency of your unit.  The buildup of sediment at the bottom can harden and sometimes clog the drain valve.

Cleaning this sediment out of your water heater is not particularly difficult; here is how to do it.

  1. If your water heater is gas, set the gas valve to “Pilot” to prevent the burners from coming on while you are flushing it.  If your heater is electric, be sure to turn off the circuit breakers.  With an electric water heater, if the water level drops below the heating elements, and the thermostat turns the elements on, the heating elements will probably burn out quite rapidly.
  2. Connect a heavy-duty garden hose to the drain valve at the bottom of the tank.  Make sure the outlet of the hose is in a safe area away from pets and children.  It can be very hot and can scald quickly.
  3. Close the shut off valve on the cold inlet to the water heater.
  4. Carefully open the temperature/pressure relief valve at the top of the tank by lifting the lever.  Leave the valve open.
  5. Open the drain valve at the bottom of the heater allowing the water to flow out through the garden hose.  If the sediment is clogging the drain valve then try closing the temperature/pressure relief valve and turn the cold inlet valve back on to “power flush” the sediment out.
  6. In some cases, the sediment hardens into large chunks that can block the drain valve.  If so, then wait until everything cools down, remove the garden hose from the drain valve, remove the valve if necessary, and use a long screw driver to break up the clog.  This is a very messy procedure.  Once completed, re-attach the hose and continue flushing.
  7. Drain the tank completely.  With the drain valve still open, close the pressure relief valve and turn the cold water inlet valve back on. This will scour the bottom of the tank and flush the sediment out.  Flush the tank until the water runs clear.  When the garden hose runs clear, you are finished.
  8. Close the drain valve at the bottom of the tank and remove the garden hose.
  9. Close the pressure relief valve at the top of the tank if it is still open, and turn the cold inlet valve back on.
  10. Open a hot water faucet in your house, and let it run until no air bubbles come out.
  11. Turn the heater back on, and with gas units re-light the pilot if necessary.

Paul Robischon, Manager
Washington Water Service

Fishing Derby

FishingScott Lake Kids Fishing Derby will be held Saturday, June 2, 2018 from 8AM to 11AM.  Free registration at the park kitchen from 7 AM to 9 AM for Scott Lake kids and guests age 14 and under. The lake will be planted with trout.  Volunteer boats will be available. Every kid receives a prize. Rain or shine.  Fish cleaning station. It is suggested that each participate have their own bait and tackle. The derby is sponsored by the Scott Lake SLAMS club and supported by donations from local businesses, clubs, fire departments and individuals. Everyone is welcome to watch the kids catch some fish, win prizes and have fun.

Book Club

Please join the Scott Lake Book Club!

It’s free!

We meet once a month, usually on a Saturday evening for snacks and to discuss the current book we are reading.

We choose our books from the Timberland Library Book Club set list, so we don’t have to pay for books.

The Scott Lake Book Club is open to friends and family outside of Scott Lake.

For more info please refer to the Scott Lake Community Family Support Group FB events tab or contact Deanna Ball @360-790-3638.

Hypodermic Needles

Please be cautious as walking in our parks.  A few community members have indicated finding hypodermic needles laying on the ground in our parks.

If you come across a needle, please contact Mike at the Scott Lake Office at (360) 352-4787.

December Emergency Preparedness – Home Hazard Hunt

All of Washington State has the potential of being impacted by a major earthquake.  Earthquakes strike suddenly and without warning.  When they occur, they cause the ground to undulate and shake, perhaps violently.  Buildings – and their contents – are vulnerable to this rocking and rolling.  Fortunately, experts teach how to secure homes to their foundations, and contents to wall studs.

  • Identify potential hazards that will need to be bolted/strapped: such as water heater, tall furniture, cabinets; items that are heavy, breakable, expensive, precious, and/or toxic.
  • Make a timeline to complete these safety projects.

Watch our videos

For complete information go to  http://mil.wa.gov/emergency-management-division/preparedness/personal and find the Prepare in a Year Booklet and the Getting Ready Home Booklet.

Animal Complaints

Are you having an issue with lose animals in your area of the community?  Your Scott Lake Maintenance Company is unable to directly help with these complaints.  All complaints must be filed directly with the Joint Animal Services.  Contact information is as follows:

Phone: (360) 352-2510

Contact us

November Emergency Preparedness – Shelter in Place

 

Shelter in PlaceYour house provides a good first-layer barrier against airborne chemical agents.  Additional protection is achieved by tightly sealing one room of your home that you have pre-designated and prepared.

  • Designate a “safe’ room, one that can be easily and quickly sealed using plastic sheeting and duct tape.
  • Cut pieces to fits windows, vents, doors; store in in a bin with other supplies: blankets, water, snacks, batter-operated radio, etc.

For complete information go to  http://mil.wa.gov/emergency-management-division/preparedness/personal and find the Prepare in a Year Booklet

October Emergency Preparedness – Fire Safety

Fire ExtinguisherAs the weather gets colder, use of fireplaces, wood stoves, electric and propane heaters, and other methods of warming our homes increases.  As we begin using these heating devices, we should all ensure we have adequate protection measures in place in the unlikely event of a fire.  Below are some ways to help ensure you are adequately prepared.

  • Choose a reunion place outside your home.
  • Draw a floor plan; discuss ways to exit
  • Test your fire alarm and carbon monoxide detector every six months (suggestion—when you change your clocks)
  • Purchase a fire extinguisher; learn how to properly use it.

Fire Extinguisher Video

For complete information go to  http://mil.wa.gov/emergency-management-division/preparedness/personal and find the Prepare in a Year Booklet.

LED Light Replacement

Streetlight RetrofitWe have received word that the replacement of the streetlights in Scott Lake will begin being retrofitted to LED lights in the next couple weeks. Please be patient and allow the contractors the room they need to complete this important work. If you have any questions, please contact the Scott Lake office during business hours at (360) 352-4787.

NOTICE TO CUSTOMERS

Bills are being mailed today for the month of August, 2016. If your billing is the standard rate that you are routinely billed, it is the correct amount due. If your billing is in any other amount, it is incorrect and will need to be corrected.

Over a month of billing and payments data was lost and will need to be re-entered. We expect that everyone’s accounts will be corrected in the next thirty days and the next billing cycle will be accurate. We apologize for this unforeseen trouble.

If you know your account is accurate, please ignore the incorrect billing amount and pay the basic rate only. Thank you for working with us on this unusual problem!

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