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To empty a bucket of water from operating hot water heater for proper maintenance, how do I avoid getting burned? Miriam Markels
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Hello Miriam Markels. Welcome to my Gas Appliances forum and our Do-It-Yourself Web Site.

To answer that question directly, "Very, Very Carefully." ...

I would suggest opening the faucet valve very slowly and carefully with a bucket beneath the faucet valve.

Another possible method would be to lower the thermostat setting and then take shower. In doing so, the incoming colder water will dilute the hot water contained within the tank.

After the maintenance task is completed, restore the theremostat setting to it's existing position.

Regular maintenance, may require removing more then one bucket full of water. To properly remove sediment from tank type water heaters, usually requires "Flushing." Instructions to perform this task is included below, for you convenience.

To successfully accomplish this task, simply attach a common garden hose to the water heaters faucet. {Spigot} To flush the tank, there is NO need to turn off the gas or electrical supply nor open any hot water faucet within the house. Leave the inlet water supply valve ON also.

Simply attach the garden hose to the faucet or spigot, place the other end in a location where HOT water will not cause damage and simply OPEN the tanks faucet valve.

Allow the existing HOT water to flow out of the hoses end until it does so cleanly and clearly. Depending upon the amount of rust, sediment and debris inside the tank, this process may take less than one minute or several minutes to accomplish.

Once this is accomplished and your satisfied the exiting water is flowing cleanly, CLOSE the tanks faucet valve. Remove the garden hose from the faucet or spigot.

Results and methods may vary. Always read your owners manual and closely follow the advice and procedures given in the manufacturers booklet or on labels attached to the tank.
Always follow all safety warnings!

The information above is offered to provide basic information and instructional procedures only. Methods and procedures apply only to tank type water heaters.

Regards & Good Luck
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