I would like to clean and drain my water heater. I would like to drain it out through the spigot at the bottom of the tank, connected to a garden hose to run outdoors. Issue is that the water heater itself is sitting in a drain catch pan that has a lip on it that makes it difficult to connect a garden hose to. Even though the pan is connected to a drain pipe, the pipe is up about 1.5 inches in the pan so water would accumulate to that point and I'm afraid that it would seep under the tank and start to cause corrosion, hence the reason for using the hose instead. Any helpful suggestions would be appreciated. Also once the draining has been figured out I would like to open up the tank to get access to the heating element and vacuum out sediment with a shop vac, does this should like overkill with already draining the tank, or a good way to prolong its life? Attached is a picture of the heater and pan.
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Draining/Cleaning water heater