How to Flush a Water Heater

Double the life of your water heater

Required Tools for this Project

Have the necessary tools for this DIY project lined up before you start—you’ll save time and frustration.

  • Hammer
  • 4-in-1 screwdriver
  • Adjustable wrench
  • Bucket
  • Hacksaw
  • Knee pads
  • Plumbers tape
  • Rags
  • Slip joint pliers
  • Shop vacuum

You'll also need a garden hose.

Required Materials for this Project

Avoid last-minute shopping trips by having all your materials ready ahead of time. Here's a list.

  • Dielectric nipple
  • 1-1/4-in. x 1-1/2-in. female PVC trap adapter
  • 3/4-in. MIP x 1/2-in. barb fitting
  • 3/4-in. x 3-in. nipple
  • 24-in. piece of 1/2-in. I.D. vinyl tubing
  • Brass elbow
  • Dielectric nipple
  • 2" brass nipple
  • Brass ball valve
  • Garden hose adapter
  • Shop vacuum hose adapter