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How To Maintain Your Home’s Plumbing?

There is apparently no other system in a house that is being frequently used as the plumbing system in your home. It is one of the most important utilities in a home that should be well-maintained on a regular basis. Even though you may not realize the value of water right now, you are definitely going to realize it if the water runs out in your home. This article will help you stay on top of your plumbing system in the house. Below are some important tips that will help you provide preventive care, and ensure the plumbing system is running perfectly.

Understanding Your Plumbing System –

If you want to maintain the plumbing system in your home, you need to first have an idea about what you are going to maintain. The first step is to check the plumbing system, and see where the pipes are located. Once the pipes are located, go through them and check for any damage. Check for dents, rust, staples or any other issues that may cause problems for the system. This will also help you get a good idea about where the shut-off valve maybe located when you have to use it during an emergency.

Do Not Use Chemical Cleaning Solutions –

Clogged drains are one of the frequent problems in a plumbing system. You can purchase chemical compounds to clean them, but they may do more harm than good. These chemical solutions are found to erode cast-iron pipes in the drain. This method will not provide an effective fix to the clog. Reusing the substance over and over may even cause more damage to the pipes. It could cause severe leaks eventually. Look into using other recommended methods or hire a professional for the job.

Find Leaks And Repair Issues Early On –

If you find a leaking faucet, don’t delay the fixing of it. It is better to fix it before the problem worsens. The water and moisture released through such issue will wear down the fixtures of the sink as well as encourage the growth of mildew and mold. Fixing issues before they become worse will help you maintain a better plumbing system as well as keep your home clean.

Maintaining The Heater –

The heater is another important component of your plumbing system. Use the manufacturer’s guide in maintaining the system. A water heater may last for 10-15 years depending on how you use it. It is good to check your hot water tank at least in every six months. This helps prevent issues before they even begin. If the tank has passed its expiry date, it is best to upgrade or install a new model.

When To Hire A Plumber

Having a professional inspect your plumbing system on a periodical basis is the best thing you can do to protect it. A licensed professional may see issues that you normally don’t notice. He may offer you advise on future problems too. It is best to look for a reliable and experienced plumbing technician out there. Read the reviews and testimonials provided by past customers before choosing the best plumbing technician on the market.

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Is A Tankless Water Heater Right For You?

Water Heater TanklessIf having to constantly heat up water in a large tank that sits in your basement sounds very wasteful and inefficient to you, then you might want to consider getting a tankless water heater instead. I have done some of research for you in terms of the advantages that a tankless water heater system offers, in addition to some of the disadvantages that come with a more energy-efficient and compact option.

Pros

A tankless water heater offers a number of important advantages. From extended lifespan and space savings to lowered operating costs and increased energy efficiency, keep reading to learn more about why going tankless may make sense for you.

Operating Costs and Energy Savings

The first thing people wonder about when considering a tankless water heater is how much money and energy will I save? Initially you will be spending more money on a tankless water heater and getting all the plumbing in place that it needs. However, although there are more upfront costs involved with a tankless water heater, your future operating costs will begin to make up for those added initial costs. Your savings will come from not having costs for generating standby heat, which means you will not have to waste money on heating water inside of tank that just sits there idly until someone needs some hot water. A tankless system produces hot water instantaneously on demand, when it is needed. That way you don’t waste energy on heating water that isn’t being used. You also don’t lose heat that is just sitting idly inside of tank that, even though it is insulated, still loses heat and needs to be reheated constantly.

Lifespan

Although the average tank water heater supposedly lasts 10 to 13 years, it is estimated that the average tankless water heater lasts as long as 20 years. So if you are planning to live in the same house for a while, you will be saving quite a lot in replacement costs. Even if you aren’t planning to stay in your house for that long, it is still nice paying it forward in terms of the cost savings overall for owning a home.

Space Savings

Even if saving energy and money wasn’t a concern of yours, another significant advantage offered by a tankless water heat is the amount space that you can save. A traditional water heater that has a capacity of 40 to 60 gallons will tend to be about 24″ wide and 60″ tall. This bulky metal tank has a tendency to take up valuable space in a home, especially when space is at a high premium. In comparison, a tankless water heat may be about the same size as a large computer measuring 28″ tall by 20″ inches wide and only 10″ deep.

Cons

Although investing in a tankless water heater may sound like a complete no-brainer, there can also be some drawbacks or things you need to consider before deciding whether it is the right choice for you or not.

Limited Output

A large tank water heater that can store 40 to 60 gallons worth of hot water at one time will keep your laundry, shower and other needs for hot water satisfied for a long time. In addition, modern tanks are able to reheat water fairly quickly, so you probably won’t ever be without hot water whenever you need some. By contrast, there is a limit on how much hot water a tankless water heater can supply at one time. It can generally only supply a couple of gallons worth of hot water at one time. So if you happen to have a large family where everyone takes a shower and you are doing dishes and laundry at about the same time, then a tankless water heater may not be suitable or up to the tasks for your family’s specific hot water needs.

Added Cost

Although an average tank water heater can be as inexpensive as $300 to $400, they can cost as much as $1,000, depend on what options are offered. However, the starting cost for a tankless water heater is around $1,000, so there is quite a big difference in the price tags. The idea of course is that you will make up for this extra expense along the way as you are using less energy. However, it isn’t an option for everyone to have the money to invest up front.

Requires Instantaneous Energy

Traditional gas water heaters may use around 30,000 to 50,000 BTU of propane or natural gas when heating up the water. By contrast, a tankless water heater may require about 150,000 to 200,000 BTU for heating up water on demand. This high BTU requirement sometimes isn’t possible. This is something that I discovered myself while renovating my home. When you have a low pressure main like we do, you are limited to having total BTU spread that is fairly low when spread out across all of the gas appliances that we have. If you are thinking about switching from gas to electric, you will need to ensure that the electrical system in your house can handle it. Electricity usually costs more than natural gas as well, so you will also need to consider your energy costs also.