November 2015

With the Raleigh plumbing experts at Poole’s Plumbing specializing in installation, and manufacturers using the technology they are afforded for continuous innovations to the always economically sound Tankless Water Heater models, many of the question marks that consumers have had when deciding upon a new unit are slowly being erased.Tankless Water Heater

 

As discussed in a recent article published by Consumer Reports, despite the obvious upside in switching to a Tankless Water Heater, when the units were first introduced, did give customers a few reasons to debate whether or not to stick wit their conventional model water heater. However, as time has passed, many of the major producers of the Tankless Water Heater have worked to consistently improve the technology in the units, addressing the three main issues below over the course of the past seven years that make the switch to a Tankless Water Heater in many cases today a much less uncertain move.

Issue 1: Expensive and Complicated Installation Process

How it’s improved: Manufacturers have addressed the installation process issues by improving upon the design of the Tankless Water Heater and making the switch from tanked to tankless an easier process. For example, in the Noritz tankless models the input and output waterlines have been moved to the top of the unit, much like the tanked units, to make a much smoother transition on a change out. The addition of a flexible exhaust pipe and a proprietary adaptor also make connecting to ductwork far easier than the standard PVC piping.

Issue 2: Inconsistency in Temperature

How it’s improved: One of the initial worries with a Tankless Water Heater was what many refer to as the “Cold Water Sandwich,” or inconsistency in temperature. Manufacturers have for the most part completely rectified this issue, as in the case with Rinnai models, where a circulation pump has been added to guarantee that water comes out hot and stays that way for the duration of its usage. Some units have even evolved to include a buffer tank that stores a backup supply of hot water.

Issue 3: Need for Constant Maintenance

How it’s improved: A major issue many that chose the Tankless Water Heater seemed to run into initially was a need for constant maintenance to their model due to scale buildup. This could restrict water flow, decrease efficiency, and eventually damage the units. With major companies adding isolation valves to their models, the descaling process and routine maintenance has been made far easier.

Whether you need a new unit, or are just interested in the possibility of exploring whether a Tankless Water Heater is the right fit for you, the specialists at Poole’s Plumbing can bring you the knowledge and know how to help you make this decision.

While there are many ways that you can try and prevent plumbing emergencies that come about in the winter months due the the colder temperatures, sometimes you find yourself in a situation that you need a professional. Poole’s Plumbing, the Raleigh Emergency Plumbers has several tips and steps to follow in the case of frozen, cracked, or burst pipes from the freezing conditions.

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Despite all of the measures discussed in the first of these two posts by the Raleigh Emergency Plumbers at Poole’s Plumbing detailing several ways that you can try to prepare and avoid a winter plumbing situation, sometimes these issues do occur. In the case of a faucet freezing up or a similar type issue, there may be some steps you an take to rectify the issue yourself, but in more complicated cases, it is always best to call the pros at Poole’s and leave the work to our staff of Raleigh Emergency Plumbers.

In the case of an indoor faucet at your home or place of business freezing up, the following tips if followed may help you to nip the problem in the bud before any larger problems arise.

  1. Open and then leave the doors to any cabinets below your faucets opened so that more heat can get to them
  2. When you notice that it has gotten extremely cold, run a mall bit of water from every valve in your home daily and let the water drip or trickle slowly into your sink.
  3. Be sure to keep all rooms in the house heated and let the warm air circulate freely throughout your entire home.

If you do wind up with a major issue because of the freezing winter temperatures, such as burst or cracked pipe, you will more than likely need to call the Raleigh Emergency Plumbers for a service call. However, the following four steps can help if the pipes have frozen up on you and possibly avoid a more serious problem.

  1. To make sure you have no problems when the ice does melt inside the frozen pipe, turn off your main shut off valve.
  2. To relieve the pressure in the faucets, leave them turned on as the ice melts.
  3. Use either a heat gun or a hair dryer to help thaw the pipes.
  4. Remember that under NO circumstances should you use any type open flame or torch to attempt to thaw the pipes.

Freezing temperatures are just around the corner, and by utilizing the tips from the Raleigh Emergency Plumbers at Poole’s Plumbing in both this article and the previous post on their blog, you can take serious measures against a winter plumbing disaster. To see the previous blog post for these other tips, visit the Poole’s Plumbing blog at www.poolesplumbing.com.

Raleigh NC PlumbersWith the temperature in the area beginning to drop as the fall months wind down and the cold of winter approaches, the most trusted Raleigh NC Plumbers at Poole’s Plumbing have some tips that can help you to not only conserve but also to be sure to avoid issues that are somewhat common in the colder weather.

Some of the more frequent plumbing issues that come about in the winter months are running out of or having no hot water for showers, flooding, leaks, broken radiators, and frozen or cracked pipes. In this first of two parts on avoiding winter plumbing issues, you can follow the easy tips listed below by the Raleigh NC Plumbers at Poole’s, to help avoid and at minimum make these problems less likely to occur as the temperature outside drops.

Clogged Drain Prevention

There are a few ways to help avoid your drains getting clogged and thus avoid extra strain on them as the winter months bring about the possibility of freezing. The first way is to treat your tub and sink drains using a mixture that can easily be made at home on a regular basis. Use 1 cup of baking soda, mixed with 1 cup of salt, and a ¼ cup of cream of tartar. Follow this mixture by pouring two cups of boiling water in each drain. Another thing to remember in keeping drains unclogged, especially around the holidays with all the extra cooking around the house is to avoid the dumping of any oils and grease or stringy object down your drain or into the garbage disposal. Likewise, run cold water through the disposal for 15-20 second both before and after using it and always turn it on before putting any food or debris in.

Insulate your Pipes

Using foam padding sleeves or insulation tape, this is a simple way to help avoid both your hot and cold water pipes from freezing up. Using a space heater that is set at a safe distance from any exposed fixtures or pipes to keep them warm is another way to avoid them from freezing up. Also, check basement and not often used pipes throughout your home regularly for ice or frost accumulation once the temperature has hit freezing to be sure they have not started cracking.

Running Water

This one is very simple. Be sure to run water from all valves and spigots in your home regularly throughout the winter. Especially in the case of those not used so often, this can avoid the issue of them freezing up.

Unattach Outdoor Hoses

Remember to unattach garden hoses that are outdoors before the temperature drops to freezing levels. Also, be certain to drain any residual water from the outside spigots and hoses and close the shut-off valve on any pipes leading to these.

Spreading out Showers

This is somewhat self explanatory, but having at least 10-15 minutes between showers helps to maintain proper pressure and consistent hot water levels. When the temperature outside drops, you may want to increase the temperature level on your water heater as well, but never put it higher than 125 degrees Fahrenheit.

These simple tips from the Raleigh NC Plumbers at Poole’s Plumbing are ones that you can do personally in your own home to help stay away from plumbing issues and possible disaster this upcoming winter. In the follow up to this post, we will continue to discuss how to protect your pipes as the cold weather hits, in addition to the steps to take in the case that your pipes do freeze, burst, or crack this winter. To view that post, check back here to the blog section at www.poolesplumbing.com.