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Point-of-Use Tankless Water Heater

 

 

Tankless water heaters have become more popular over the last several years with individuals focusing on making their homes more energy efficient.  A standard hot water heater can use up to 20 percent or more of a home’s annual energy due to maintaining a standard water temperature when not in use.  Whole house tankless water heaters have helped to reduce these energy costs.  However, there a way to reduce these costs even more.

 

A point-of-use tankless water heater may be the answer.  A point-of-use water heater is placed directly where hot water will be needed.  With a whole house tankless water heater there is still some delay in hot water traveling a distance to the faucet resulting in the water cooling in the pipe.  Placing a point-of-use below a kitchen or bathroom sink, next to a tub, or in the laundry room near the washing machine, gives you a more true “instant hot water” reducing water waste.  This can also save time from waiting on hot water to make an appearance.

 

That said, there are more upfront costs installing any tankless water heater, even a point-of-use heater.  Whether gas or electric, special pipes and wiring will be needed, most likely requiring a professional plumber and electrician.  However, the purchase price for a point-of-use tankless water heater is less than a whole house tankless heater. And, keep in mind that the monthly energy savings will last for the life of your heater.

 

There are several models of point-of-use tankless water heaters available, so take the time to decide exactly what your needs are to ensure you find the one that will work best for you and your family.  Then you will be able to have “instant hot water” at just the point and time you need it.

 

Have more questions? Call us – we’d love to help! Call the professionals at Go Green Plumbing at 336-252-2999 for service 7 days a week/24 hours a day. If water runs through it – We Do It!

 

 

Plumbing in a Tiny Home

 

With the Tiny Home popularity growing, many are interested in what it takes to build a Tiny Home.  Once you figure out the size and layout, one of the remaining details is plumbing: How will you get water in and out of your Tiny Home? Below we’ve laid out a few ideas for you to consider.

Simplest, But Not the Easiest 

One choice—and the least costly—is to go with no plumbing at all.  You can still have water in your Tiny Home, but YOU will be the system to transport water in and out.  By using buckets or bottles, you can carry water into your home.  This is made easier by making sure your Tiny Home is near a water source.  If this isn’t possible, buying water in bulk may be necessary.  However, keep in mind that this requires space to store the bulk supplies.  Going this route will save you money on the initial build, but cost more in time securing and moving water to and around your Tiny Home.

Tank Water Source And Pump

This system allows you to have a water tank installed during the building of your Tiny Home.  In order for a water tank to work you must have a pump that circulates and pressurizes the water.  A downside to this is that the pump can be a bit noisy when in use, and the tank monopolizes some of your limited space.  But getting creative in finding space for your water tank can be challenging and fun.

Let’s Stay Put

If being self-contained and mobile is not an issue for you, then finding a permanent location for your Tiny Home will allow you to have a more typical water source.  You can then install regular plumbing in your Tiny Home, and connect to a public water source like an RV or regular home.

Best of Both Worlds

If you want to stay put most of the time, but are interested in some mobility, then you can install regular plumbing and a tank/pump system.  This allows you the flexibility of having regular plumbing while remaining stationary. But, if the desire to roam hits, you have a self-contained system on board.  This is the most costly and time-consuming option, but it does provide you with the most flexibility.

Entering the Tiny Home world can be exciting and overwhelming all at once, but knowing how to do it properly will allow you to be a success.  Our next post will deal with handling water as it leaves your Tiny Home.  Check back to see how to finish out your Tiny Home plumbing.

Have more questions? Call us—we’d love to help! Call the professionals at Go Green Plumbing at 336-252-2999 for service 7 days a week/24 hours a day. If water runs through it – We Do It!

Avoid Being Taken In by Sewer Line Replacement Scams

 

Sewer line problems at your home can not only be messy, smelly and unsanitary, they can also be costly.  While having to deal with all the mess, both inside and outside your come, you should not have to worry about being taken advantage of financially. Unfortunately, with disreputable contractors, that can be an issue. With a little homework, you can protect yourself from these scammers.

Beware of Fake Videos.

A problem with your sewer line doesn’t necessarily mean a replacement.  A reputable plumber will use a sewer camera to check the line to determine the problem.  Request to see the video footage, and ask that they video the area around the sewer lines.  This will ensure they are recording the sewer lines at your home.  Scammers will sometimes use fake videos, or ones from another home, as “proof” your lines need replacing when they may only have a clog that needs to be cleared.

Don’t Overpay.

As mentioned, sewer line repairs can be costly, but don’t allow yourself to be overcharged.  Depending on the damage and the time involved for the repair, costs can range between $4,000-$8,000, possibly more.  However, as with any other repairs or remodeling, it is always good to get a couple of estimates.  Scammers will try to charge you much more than the project should cost.  Comparing estimates will help you find a legitimate plumber for your repairs.

Does That Really Need to Fixed?

If it doesn’t sound right, then it may not be.  Scammers will try to convince you that problems are bigger than they really are resulting in higher repair prices.  If you feel the estimate is too high, and the repairs more than needed, find another company to look at your sewer line problem.  Again, shopping around for the right plumber is a smart thing.   Asking friends and neighbors for referrals is also a good idea.

Don’t compound your sewer line problem by paying more than necessary to get things running again in your home.  Do your research on local plumbers, get multiple quotes, and ask for referrals.  Then you will make certain to protect yourself from sewer line replacement scams.

Have more questions? Call us—we’d love to help! Call the professionals at Go Green Plumbing at 336-252-2999 for service 7 days a week/24 hours a day. If water runs through it – We Do It!

When Your Pilot Light on the Gas Hot Water Heater Goes Out

 

It can be frustrating to find out that the pilot light on your gas hot water tank is out.  Discovering that it has gone out often occurs at the most inconvenient times, like standing in your shower waiting for the hot water or trying to fill your sink to wash dishes.  Determining the reason why there’s no hot water can be a bit of trial and error since there can be several reasons for this problem.

Before moving on to more technical issues, lets begin with the basics.  Has there been an interruption in your gas supply?  Has there been any work done to any of the gas lines in your home?  What about any utility work in your neighborhood where the main gas line was turned off?  Even a brief interruption to your homes’ gas supply can cause the pilot light to go out.  Try relighting to see if that solves the problem.

If the pilot light won’t stay lit when there is a problem with the thermocouple.  What’s that, you ask? The thermocouple is a safety device that uses an electrical current powered by the pilot’s heat to determine if there is an unlit pilot.  If so, it turns off the gas supply to the pilot light.  A dirty, curved or damaged thermocouple can prevent your pilot from staying lit.  After turning off the gas, use a piece of sandpaper to clean the thermocouple.  If curved or bent, straighten it back to its original position.  If the thermocouple is damaged it will need to be replaced.  An experienced DIYer can do this, otherwise call your local plumber to handle it for you.

A few other reasons could be a dirty pilot tube, flex tube or main control valve.  If you’re wondering which of these issues is causing the problem, your best contact is your local plumber.  Whichever of these problems might be the issue, getting it resolved quickly is vital for everyone.

Have more questions? Call us – we’d love to help! Call the professionals at Go Green Plumbing at 336-252-2999 for service 7 days a week/24 hours a day. If water runs through it – We Do It!

Getting Your Sprinkler System Up and Running for Spring

After winter, we all get excited at the first signs of spring.  We start making our lists for all the outside projects we want to begin working on and those we want to complete.  However, many might not remember to put their sprinkler or irrigation system on the to do list.  To ensure your system is running efficiently through the warm seasons here are a few things to prevent problems down the line.

  • Make certain the ground is completely thawed.  Use a shovel or spade to see if the ground is still frozen, at least a foot down.  If you encounter ground that is still frozen, wait a week or two and recheck before prepping your system to prevent damage.
  • Inspect your sprinkler control panel.  Remove any dirt or cobwebs from the controls, confirm the date and time is current, and that your water settings are correct for your landscape. Replace your backup battery if it older than 6 months.
  • Locate each sprinkler head and clean away any dirt or rocks that could block the water flow.  Inspect each spray head for damage.  You will need to replace any broken or worn heads, nozzles, valves or pipes.  Sprinkler heads that are damaged or not working properly can result in too much water in some areas and not enough in others.
  • Avoid a water pressure surge—which can cause a break in your water line—by opening the main water valve slowly so water fills the pipes gradually.  For systems without air pressure relief valves, remove the sprinkler heads at the highest point of each zone.  This allows the air to be pushed from the pipes when the water starts to flow.
  • Make sure your water pressure is at a safe range for sprinkler systems.  Too much water pressure can damage the pipes, valves and sprinkler heads.
  • Once all the water lines to your sprinkler system are full, run a test to determine all sprinkler heads are working and covering the needed areas.  Adjust or repair as necessary.

Now your system should be ready and set to keep your landscape looking beautiful and lush throughout the spring and summer season.

Have more questions? Call us – we’d love to help! Call the professionals at Go Green Plumbing at 336-252-2999 for service 7 days a week/24 hours a day. If water runs through it – We Do It!