WATER RE-CIRCULATION SYSTEM?
Do you find yourself having to run the water in the shower for several minutes before you get in the shower. If you answered yes, you need a Hot Water Circulating Pump for your home. This system can deliver hot water to fixtures quickly without waiting for the water to get hot. Rather than relying on low water pressure, common in most water lines, recirculating systems use a pump to rapidly move water from a water heater to the fixtures. Not only do you not have to wait, you save money by not running water down the drain. Once you have a hot water recirculating pump installed, you will never want to go without one again.
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THIS IS HOW IT WORKS – HOT WATER CIRCULATING PUMP
The old systems used to have a separate line that was connected to the furthest fixture in the home and ran back to the water heater to reheat the water and deliver it back to each fixture. The new systems circulates water back to the hot water heater by pushing the water into the cold system until the hot water arrives at the fixture you install the sensor on. The pump uses the main supply line, which eliminates the need to install a separate return line like the old style. A small circulation pump is installed on the outlet pipe of the hot water heater tank. The sensor valve at your fixture provides the by-pass that allows the water to recirculate using the already installed cold water pipe line as a return line to the hot water. When the water temperature reaches 100.4 degrees F the valve will close to stop the circulation. Together the pump and valve provide instant hot water for every fixture and shower valve in the home. And there is even a timer on the pump so you can run it when you need hot water most like in the morning or at night when most people take showers and not during the day when your at work.
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Summer Plumbing Tips
The heat is on! Summer’s rising temperatures often coincide with an increase of water usage, both indoors and outdoors. It’s estimated that a family’s water usage can increase by 25%-50% during the warmest months of the year. We are always looking for ways to save some money, so these helpful tips will give your plumbing and water bill a little break:
Are you a homeowner that’s frustrated because your water isn’t getting hot? I know I can’t stand it if I don’t have hot water or if it barely stays warm. When you turn on the tap water, you want the water to get hot quickly, and if it’s not, something may have malfunctioned and could need repair. Here are some possible causes to why your water is not getting hot.
If you have a gas-powered water heater, the burner unit below the tank has gas jets that will light and transfer heat to the water in the tank. If the burner is dirty or begins to corrode, it will have a hard time igniting.
Broken Heating Element
If you have an electric water heater, the heating elements inside the tank can break and lead to a loss of hot water. Sometimes, your water will slowly start to cool down and this could be because the element has burned out. If the second element fails, you’ll be left with only cold water. If the heating element is not burned out, it may just have flipped off because of a tripped circuit or a blown fuse, so check the fuse box as well.
Faulty Gas Control Valve
If the gas control valve isn’t working properly, it will cut off the gas supply to the burner won’t be able to get to the water to warm up.Eventually, the gas jets will not be able to turn on and the water in the tank will not heat.
The pilot light will ignite your water heater’s burner and if it goes out, there is nothing to heat the water. You can see if the pilot light is out by removing the cover of the water heater and inspecting the light. Your water heater will usually have directions on how to relight it. Once it’s on, you’ll need to wait about 30 minutes to let the burners heat up the water. If you have done this a few times and the light keeps going out, you should contact a plumbing professional to get it looked at.
If your water is still warm, but not as hot as it normally is, this could also indicate a problem with your tank. Lukewarm water should not be ignored, especially if it continues this way for a long period of time. Contact our team of plumbing professionals at Immediate Response Plumbing if the water in your home is not heating up properly.
Don’t you hate it when you get a clogged sink. Ugh I know I do. How do you handle it? I know some pour hot water down the drain…but that does nothing. Use a hanger? Hmmm….Use Drain-O?? Well it may or may not work. The best bet will be to use a sink plunger.
While most of us associate plungers with the toilet, they’re great for unclogging drains all around your house – provided you know what you’re doing, of course.
First, choose the right type. Plungers are not a one-size-fits-all tool, as you need the right one for the job. As opposed to a protruding flange plunger, the classic flat-on-the-bottom plunger is meant for sinks. Since sinks are flat on the bottom, so too should the plunger you use. That way, you can create a tight seal, which is needed in order for a plunger to work properly.
Even if you know how to use a plunger for your sink, you may still find that the drain remains clogged. Fear not if this happens to you, as it’s a common occurrence. Instead of taking the whole sink apart to remove the clog, simply call Immediate Response Plumbing for help. A professional plumber has the knowledge and special set of skills needed to handle especially jobs. When plungers aren’t up to the task, luckily a professional plumber is just a phone call away. 210-599-3500
Have you thought about how to update your present home to save more water?
We have put together some quick water-saving plumbing fixtures that really work and can be installed easily in any home:
- Install a “PRV”(pressure-reducing valve) on your main water line. A home will work fine with water pressure in the range of 35psi. However, many homes are unknowingly using water pressure well over 70psi. Have your plumber check your water pressure and, if needed, have a PRV installed and save water as well as your pipes.
- Install performance showerheads. Standard showerheads use about 2.5 gpm (gallons per minute), and performance showerheads use about 1.75 gpm. That’s a savings of about 30 percent for all your showering water, and with the new performance pressure head design you’ll probably not even realize you’re saving all that water.
- Install a “HET”(high-efficiency toilet) with the Environmental Protection Agency “water sense” label. Over 40 percent of us are still using older toilets that flush with about 3.5 gallons per flush. New high-efficiency toilets use less than 1.3 gpf by using flushing systems like “Class 6″ technology. The EPA “water sense” shows that the HET was tested for maximum flushing power while saving “thousands” of gallons of water a year over older toilets.
- Install a re-circulating hot-water system. Just like the hotels, new residential “re-circulating hot-water kits” work with your present hot-water tank to deliver hot water quickly to showers and faucets. Stopping the waste of all that cold water down the drain while waiting for the hot water to kick in will make your morning routine more efficient as well.
- Install water-saving faucets. By dropping the gallons used per minute from about 2.2 gpm to about 1.5 gpm, new redesigned faucets are also saving about 30 percent of your faucet water without sacrificing good pressure. Some kitchen faucets also have special built-in filtered-water taps that allow you to make your own bottled water.
If you do even one of these projects, not only will you see your own water and sewer bills go down, but you’ll be able to help out the environment without even leaving the comfort of your own home.