First, Find your T&P valve. The valve is usually on the top or side of the water heater. There is also a drainage pipe connected to the valve. The drainage pipe must be at least 6 inches from the drain that is by most water heaters. This is a code put into place so when, or if, the valve does open, boiling water doesn't spurt out and burn individuals around the heater.
2. REMOVE THE DRAIN PIPE
Next, take the drain pipe off of the valve. You may need a plumber's wrench for this. Put a bowl or heat safe bucket underneath the pipe.
3. LIFT THE TEMPERATURE AND PRESSURE LEVER
Gently lift up the T&P valve’s lever, but make sure to not push it all the way up. If you do, it will lock and the water heater will drain. You only want to drain a gentle stream from the tank. You should hear water and air coming from the valve, and see water flowing into the bucket.
WHAT IF YOU DON'T HAVE WATER COMING OUT OF THE TANK?
You will need to replace the valve immediately. When there isn't water coming out of the valve, it means that the valve has failed. If there is an excess of pressure inside of your water heater tank, the water and pressure will have no place to go. The pressure will build up until the water heater will burst. If you have a home warranty, temperature and pressure valves are covered with proper maintenance. Learn what else a home warranty covers by going looking through our home warranty plans section.