Hot Water Heater Maintenance Question

Brian Mullane
21 days ago

Hi guys - hopefully a pretty basic question here.

I have a gas hot water heater (~70 gal) that we installed in 2017. No issues whatsoever, but I realized I haven't drained it yet.

I don't have a basement drain, so I was thinking of either:

  • Draining into sump pump - I've heard this is a bad idea given sediment build up can cause issues
  • Draining into backyard (up a flight of stairs - about 20 ft up)

So assuming I drain into the backyard, I need a pump to get it up the stairs.

Would this work?

Can I also use this to drain the basement (if it ever were to flood)?

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