Originally Posted by johnjh2o
Do to the age of the tank and not ever being drained the sediment in the tank may be preventing the tank from leaking.
Most people are under the impression that you turn the water off then drain the tank. What should be done is connect a hose to the drain on the tank and without turning the water off open the drain and let it run until the water from the hose becomes clear. This uses the water pressure to flush the sediment from the tank. After that has been done then you drain the tank.
We just had a new water heater installed a couple of months ago. There was so much sediment that they had to drain it from the top to remove it.
How often should a water heater be flushed? every six months? once a year?