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Lessen the Waste and the “Wait” with Hot Water Recirculation Systems

Specializing in many eco-friendly and water saving practice, the expert Raleigh NC plumbers at Poole’s Plumbing can install many different products and systems to help you save both at the faucet and in your wallet. The installation of Hot Water Recirculation Systems can help you make big savings in both of these areas, all the while cutting down the wait time that you experience as you wait for your hot water to turn on.

To begin, many people may be uncertain as to exactly what Hot Water Recirculation Systems do. Explained by one of the major manufacturers of these type systems’ Grundfos’ business specialist, Tom Phillips, “The system operates because the pump creates a small pressure differential between the hot and cold water sides.” He added, “A thin wax filament inside the valve enclosure expands and contracts predictably, contracting when it’s cold to open the valve and closing as the wax expands with the heat from the water.”

The process of installing Hot Water Recirculation Systems such as the Grundfos brand model’s that are many times installed by the Raleigh professional plumbers at Poole’s Plumbing only takes about an hour or two total. Seeing that much of the heat is lost as the water travels through your pipes and that you have to wait for said water to initially heat up, installing Hot Water Recirculation Systems can save on both the energy used and water being wasted.

As explained at energstar.gov, the benefits you can see from installation of Hot Water Recirculation Systems are as follows:

  1. Recirculating pumps have the potential to solve the problem of a long wait for hot water at a distant fixture, while simultaneously saving energy, water and money.
  2. You no longer have to send cold water down the drain while waiting for warm water. Instead, recirculating pumps rapidly pull hot water from a water heater, while simultanously send cool water from the hot water lines back to the water heater to be reheated and reused. Demand systems can be controlled by the push of a button, a timer, or motion sensor.

To learn more about Hot Water Recirculation Systems you can read the entire article at the Energy Star website, or visit the Grundfos website as well at us.grundfos.com.

 

 

Simple At-Home Tips to Maintaining Your Water Heater

The most trusted name in water heater installation and maintenance in the Raleigh area are the professionals’ plumbers at Poole’s Plumbing. In addition to always being available to give you advice on which type unit may serve you best, the pros at Poole’s also want to remind you of the importance of keeping up with the simple maintenance of your water heater to be sure to avoid any problems that may leave you “ice cold” one morning in the shower

Performing maintenance on your water heater is highly unlikely to be on the top of your weekend to-do list, but proper maintenance at critical junctures in the life of your water heater can often save the headache of complete replacement — not to mention spare you the task of some serious water cleanup.

Some signs that will tell you its time to have your water heater checked:

  1. Water coming from the heater that appears rusty or brown is typically an indicator of impending water heater failure. Similarly, if the water smells unusual or “metallic” it is another giveaway that your water heater has seen better days. Check the water emerging from your water heater and determine whether its quality has been affected in the aforementioned ways. If you’re wary of tasting the water, a sniff test should suffice.
  2. Sediment within your water heater’s water is another indicator your heater’s condition is rapidly deteriorating.  This often occurs from mineral build up over time on the bottom of the heater’s tank.
  3. Loud pops coming from your water heater are not normal. Also, be sure to monitor for any sounds that crop up that did not previously emanate from the device. Such sounds should be treated as anomalies and may be a symptom of the aforementioned mineral buildup. This buildup will usually lead to failure in the short-term.
  4. A symptom of internal water heater failures is leaking water. If water begins noticeably leaking from your heater, disconnect the unit and consider immediate replacement. Do not hesitate to replace your heater in the event of leaking water, as any delay will likely lead not only to a cessation in its operation but also a serious mess that can impact other aspects of your home’s interior, causing associated repair costs to spiral upward.

If you do notice any of these items, give a call to Raleigh’s most trusted name in water heaters, and your friends at Poole’s Plumbing will be happy to assist you in your maintenance and any other plumbing needs.

Home Water Conservation Tips for the Summer Months

With the hot days of the summer months upon us the Raleigh plumbers at Poole’s Plumbing, can offer off a variety of ways that you can save on costs and water with some helpful Home Water Conservation Tips for the Summer.

With the temperature continually rising; there are many outdoor jobs and projects that you will take on during the summer time that if you aren’t careful, water can be wasted without you even realizing it. To avoid this unnecessary usage, use a broom or a blower when you are cleaning your patios and sidewalks. Another Home Water Conservation Tip for the Summer is to use a hose with a nozzle that allows you to shut the water off when washing your car or while scrubbing it save you money direct.

Keeping your grass cut to a length of about 3 inches will also help as taller grass will hold moisture better and thus, save you on having to water it as much. If you have an automatic sprinkler system, being sure it is set to provide a healthy watering but not having them turn on too often is another way to conserve. Also, you can save by doing a little research when you need to replace plants in your yard, and then opting for more water efficient shrubs, trees, and grass types.

Despite spending much more time outdoors in the warmer months, there are also many Home Water Conservation Tips for the Summer around the inside of the house, too. To start with, in one room where you can limit your water usage is in the bathroom. By taking a shower instead of a bath, especially if you have a “low-flow” showerhead, much less water will need to be used. Limiting the time of your showers ass well is an easy way to conserve. Turning off the faucet when you shave or brush your teeth is another simple way that you can limit your usage of water.

Checking your toilets to ensure they don’t have a leak by simply taking the top off the tank periodically and watching it flush can help you to do this. If you can’t tell whether or not there is a leak, put a few drops of food coloring in and do not flush. If you see the coloring in the bowl with in a few minutes, you have a leak.

In the kitchen, running your dishwasher only with a full load to avoid extra cycles is also a simple way to conserve. You can also cut costs and conserve, by checking all faucets and water lines (i.e. to the ice maker in a refrigerator, etc.) to be sure there are no leaks. Checking all hoses and connections to washing machines and your water heater is also recommended.