As equally important to City staff flushing the distribution system, residents need to flush their hot water heaters to remove build up of sediment. Over time the sediment can build up in your hot water heater and shorten the life of the appliance. If the minerals build up on or around the heating element these minerals will be cooked. The cooking of the minerals will make a popping sound. When the minerals are cooked it will produce small white particles that can clog fixtures throughout your home. Most manufactures recommend that hot water heaters are flushed every year. If you have the maintenance manual on your hot water heater please follow the directions in the manual. If you no longer have the manual there are numerous sites on the internet that give directions on how to flush your hot water heater.