March 2016

Simple Household Spring Plumbing Tips Can Help to Save

by raleigh plumbers on March 22, 2016

As the changing of the season from Winter to Spring is even more apparent with the recent change in temperature, the second part of our Spring Plumbing Tips from the most trusted name in Raleigh NC plumbers, Poole’s Plumbing, has several more simple things that you can do around the house to help prepare and avoid major issues as the heavy rains of the season approach.

These basic check up and repair techniques are Spring Plumbing Tips that any home owner can follow and they not only get you ready for the changing of the season, but also is a safe way to avoid more significant damage in the case that you have actually developed some type of plumbing issue during the cold winter months.

To begin with these Spring Plumbing Tips, thoroughly check all faucets in both the kitchen and bathroom of your home. This can help you to conserve water and money, as can checking your toilets to be sure there aren’t any leaks. An easy way to do this would be to place a few drops of food coloring in the tank and if a leak has developed you will see the coloring in the bowl with in 30 minutes time. Checking for leaks or cracks in the toilet bowl also is a good idea when doing this.

Before moving along from checking your toilet, another of our suggested Spring Plumbing Tips is to be sure the units are flushing correctly. If by chance you need to shake or wiggle the handle, certain parts will need to be replaced. This can be done inexpensively and can not only fix the toilet but also save you money on water costs.

Spring Plumbing TipsChecking for clogs is next on the list of Spring Plumbing Tips. Beng certain that you have a filter on all of the drains in the house will prevent buildup such as soap, hair, or a variety of other substances from creating some type of blockage. Shower heads are another area that can easily become clogged due to mineral deposits. A simple solution to this is to fill a zip-lock bag with white vinegar and using are rubber band to secure it, wrap the full baggie around the head. Leaving this on the shower head for 24 hours will break the deposits down and have it completely clog-free and clean.

Lastly, you should check your water supply valve on occasion and turn them on and off. By doing this regularly, you can prevent the valve from sticking, which can lead to much more serious issues down the road.

By following these simple Spring Plumbing Tips and staying on top of these items around the house, in addition to checking each of the items detailed in Part One of our tips that can be seen here, you can with little effort have the plumbing in your home ready for the Spring and free and clear of any minor damage caused through the winter before it becomes more costly and a much bigger problem.

Long gone are the days of waiting around for the water to heat up while drawing a bath or getting in the shower thanks to the age of the Tankless Water Heaters. The Raleigh professional plumbers at Poole’s Plumbing are the most trusted name in Tankless Water Heater installation and repair in the Triangle area, however, many of you that might still be unfamiliar with these unit may find yourself asking how do they work and what exactly are the benefits of “losing the tank?”

Much like the Poole’s Plumbing name has become synonymous water heater installation in the surrounding Raleigh area, Noritz has consistently proven to be an innovator in the tankless water heater game. Explaining on their blog at noritz.com that they have been ”singlehandedly revolutionizing the industry and proving why instant (tankless) hot water heaters are an imperative feature to every contemporary household.”

Continuing on to explain how the Tankless Water Heaters actually work, the blog article said, “Tankless instant hot water heaters work by directly heating up water when and only when you want it. Rather than wasting space and energy by storing hot water in large tanks, instant hot water heaters use no storage tanks and thus, use less space and energy – saving you money while also being green-friendly.”

 

Tankless Water Heaters

They then explained a five step process, giving further detail as to how the units function. The step in that process are:

  1. Turn on your bath’s or sink’s valve to hot water temperature.
  2. Cold water begins to enter through the Noritz tankless hot water heater. The flow sensors quickly detect the motion of the water flow and alert the internal computer.
  3. The computer automatically ignites the burners and carefully calculates the perfect temperature in order to deliver your desired, optimal heat.
  4. Water quickly circulates throughout the heat exchanger in order to reach the calculated temperature. The water exits the heater, directly to you so that you can enjoy a continuous stream of hot water.
  5. Then, whenever you feel like turning it off, the unit automatically shuts down and stops using precious energy – meaning you save money while also getting instant, hot water on demand.

Lastly, to bullet point the overall benefits of “going tankless” and having the water heater specialists at Poole’s install a Noritz or any brand unit of your choosing, the piece concluded by listing out the following perks.

  • Continuous Hot Water on Demand
  • Save Energy = Green Friendly
  • No more “waiting around” for hot water or unpleasant bursts of cold water
  • Save space with sleek, tankless models.

For a full listing of the latest innovations and the newest tankless water heaters from Noritz that can be installed by Poole’s Plumbing, visit noritz.com

The Consolidated Appropriations Act was jut signed in December, extending the residential Energy Efficiency Improvements Federal Tax Credits for that had expired at the end of 2014.

For those owning qualifying Rinnai Tankless Water Heaters installed between January 1, 2015 and the end of 2016 this makes for a maximum credit of $300.

Energy Efficiency Improvement Federal Tax Credits

These credits, for residential energy efficiency improvements, include a maximum of $300. Those having a Rinnai Condensing Boiler installed during this same period time can qualify for a $150 credit.

The Raleigh plumbing professionals at Poole’s Plumbing offer all the quality Rinnai plumbing products, from tankless water heaters and condensing boilers to so much more.

For more information on how the extension of Energy Efficiency Improvement Federal Tax Credits applies to Rinnai products and/or how to apply for your rebate visit rinnai.us.