Reasons Your Tankless Water Heater Takes Longer to Heat Water

tankless water heaterThese days, lots of praises are being sung of tankless water heaters, and for good reason. Compared to conventional storage water heaters, tankless water heaters are regarded as a much better investment. That’s because operating a tankless water heater costs less in the long run compared to the traditional storage water heaters.

Still, tankless water heaters are not without its disadvantages. Of its cons, perhaps the most common is about the longer time it takes to heat water than conventional water heaters. Here are some of the reasons your tankless water heater takes longer to heat water.

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Dealing With Water Hammer

dealing with water hammerWater hammer is perhaps one of the most unsettling things that you can encounter as far as your plumbing is concerned. While it’s not as damaging as, say, a leaking pipe, water hammer can jolt you with the strange noises coming from your home plumbing. More often than not, you hear hammering or banging when water hammer strikes. There are times when the sound that comes from the plumbing is a high-pitched pinging sound. In some cases, you can hear and feel the pipes shake and vibrate, which can be quite disturbing especially when you haven’t heard the phrase “water hammer” before.

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What Is The Best Temperature for Your Water Heater?

best temperature for your water heaterFew things in life are as pleasant and refreshing as a hot shower, especially after a long day at work or during cold mornings. Sometimes, however, some people tend to be a bit too enthusiastic about the heat of the water and overdo the temperature settings. As a result, pleasurable showers turn into excruciating pain in just a few seconds. It’s even worse in some cases, where the individual who set the water heater temperature too high ends up suffering burns from scalding-hot water.

To prevent hot showers from turning into a scalding nightmare, you need to set your water heater temperature right. The question is, what is the best temperature for your water heater?

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How Much Time Should Repiping Your Bathroom Take?

bathroom repipeOver time, even the best-quality pipes in your bathroom will eventually give in to wear and tear caused by corrosion, rust and leaks. When this happens, you have the option to have it repaired, but the much better and longer-lasting solution would be repiping your bathroom. Should you take the latter option, it’s absolutely important that bathroom repiping be handled by professional plumbers. To make sure that it’s done properly, professional plumbers have to be the ones to assess the state of your bathroom pipes and do the actual bathroom repipe themselves.

Like any sensible home owner, you’re probably wondering how long repiping your bathroom would take. Time, after all, is money, and you wouldn’t want bathroom repiping to last longer than it should. So how much time does repiping your bathroom should take?

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Signs Your Home Needs Repiping

signs your home needs repipingMuch of a home’s pipes are buried behind walls or underneath the ground. So when those pipes suffer any kind of damage, it could take some time before you actually notice it. The thing is, many home owners fail to take immediate action even if they do notice that’s something wrong with the pipes. More often than not, they only take action when it’s already too late.

No matter how top-quality your plumbing system is, the time will come when it stops functioning the way it should. Pipes will eventually break down, and you will have to replace them. And you’ll know when the time to repipe your home has come because of the following signs:

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What Causes Water Hammer?

what causes water hammerHave you ever been jolted by strange noises coming from your pipes? Sometimes you hear hammering or banging, sometimes there’s a high-pitched pinging sound, and perhaps most unsettling of all, the pipes just vibrate or shake for no apparent reason. Yes, every household has experienced water hammer at one time or another, and it’s really annoying when it strikes.

Water hammer happens every single time the water flow in your pipes is abruptly cut off. A pressure spike is created by the sudden stop, and that spike produces shock waves that bounce through your pipes. If you’re wondering where all that noise is coming from, here are the possible sources:

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The Importance of a Backflow Prevention Device

backflow prevention deviceIn a normally functioning water system, water should only flow in one direction, as designed. Fresh and clean water is distributed into the house, while waste water is carried out. Backflow issues, however, can happen. Backflow is the reversal of the flow of water in a water system, with nasty waste water flowing back into your home.

From the sound of it, backflow issues can pose serious health risks to everyone in your household. The waste water that flows back into the home can contaminate your water, and the bacteria and other pathogens present in waste water could make anyone who uses it or worse, drinks it, sick. It is a serious plumbing problem that needs to be addressed the soonest possible time.

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The Importance of Quality Stops and Risers

quality stops and risersA plumbing system is essentially the heart and soul of every home. As such, it’s only right that everything that makes up your plumbing should at least be of good quality. Unfortunately, this cannot be said of all homes. Some home owners spend a lot on pipes and fixtures, but skimp on the smaller stuff like the supply tubes and supply valves, which are also known as stops and risers.

There are actually home owners who have great plumbing systems but go for cheap stops and risers. That may be fine in the beginning, but it won’t be long before they eventually blow off the water supply line and cause flooding. If you don’t want this to happen to you, pay closer attention to the stops and risers that you have under your sinks and toilets, and see if they’re of good quality or if they need replacing.

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7 Easy Steps to Flushing Your Water Heater

easy steps to flushing your water heaterWhen you have a water heater that has a storage tank, you have to expect sediment to accumulate inside it over time. When your storage tank is full of sediment, the efficiency of your hot water system is going to take a hit. If you have a gas burner, the accumulated sediment will insulate the water and therefore slow down the heating of the water. When sediment gathers at the bottom of the tank as it typically does, the bottom of the tank could overheat and weaken the steel as well as damage its glass lining.

Needless to say, all these shorten the life of your hot water system, which is why you need to flush it once a year. If you’re going to do it yourself, you can follow these easy steps to flushing your water heater.

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Go For Trenchless Sewer Line Repair

trenchless sewer line repairWhether we like it or not, plumbing problems are bound to come up as the years go by. Leaking faucets, clogged drains and malfunctioning water heaters are just some of those plumbing issues that a home owner can expect to deal with over time. The one plumbing problem that home owners often dread, however, is when the sewer lines show signs of being damaged and therefore needing repair or replacement.

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