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Save energy with improved water-heater technology

Monday, April 7th, 2014

Gas and utility bills can fluctuate month to month depending on your AC or heater usage and your hot water usage. With water-heating bills accounting for the average homeowner’s second-largest energy bill, learn ways to save energy in your Lawrenceville home. Invest in an energy-efficient water heater, and limit usage where you can.

Select a new water-heating system

Manufacturers have come up with new technology that revolutionizes how the once wasteful, standard storage-tank water heater works. Long gone are the days when energy losses through the tank walls and through the venting systems led to costly wasted heat. Today’s water heaters use high-quality insulation around the storage tank to reduce standby losses, and sealed combustion minimizes energy waste through the venting.

Tankless water heaters entirely bypass wasteful standby energy loss by eliminating the storage tank. Instead, whenever you turn on the tap, water flows through the pipes and through the unit’s element (either electricity or gas), which heats the water before it passes through the faucet. Tankless systems offer another perk in that they can sometimes last 10 years longer than a conventional system with a storage tank.

Both types of water heaters use the same efficiency rating: Energy Factor (EF). As with most efficiency ratings, the higher the rating, the higher the efficiency. High-efficiency storage units start at 0.6 EF, while tankless units start at 0.82 EF.

Save energy throughout the home

If you’re not ready to invest in a new water heater, or even if you are, conserve energy around the home and watch utility bills decrease. Here’s what you can do:

  • Stop leaks. Small leaks add up, with a single leak dripping once every second costing you $1 per month.
  • Install low-flow faucets and showerheads where you can, so that you and your family use less water around the house.
  • Apply water-heater insulation around the tank of an older model to stop waste.
  • Install an energy-saving appliance the next time you upgrade your washing machine or dishwasher.
  • Run full loads of clothing or dishes to maximize hot-water use.

There are lots of ways to save energy when it comes to your household’s water consumption. From no-cost tips like running full loads to a larger investment in an energy-efficient water heater, you can eliminate waste, run a green home and get a good return on investment, too.

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How to handle emergency plumbing problems

Monday, March 17th, 2014

Save the water fights for the outdoors in summer. Instead of struggling with plumbing leaks, know how to handle emergency plumbing situations. A pipe that springs a leak, an overflowing toilet, malfunctioning appliances — these are all common emergency plumbing situations that can lead to a costly repair, especially if water damage in your Lawrenceville home is significant.

Here’s how to handle most plumbing emergencies:

Leaky pipes? Find the shutoff valve. If a pipe in the basement is leaking, locate the main shutoff valve to the home’s plumbing system and turn the knob clockwise. This should stop water from coming into the home. Place a bucket under the pipe, as the remaining water will still leak out. Additionally, wrapping the pipe with duct tape or plumbing tape can temporarily stop water leakage while you wait for the plumber to arrive.

Toilet overflowing? As you stare in shock and fear at the rising water level in the toilet, snap yourself out of it. Act quickly and find the water shutoff valve, usually located behind the toilet and near the base. To prevent more water from filling the bowl, quickly remove the lid to the tank. Locate the float — the large rubber flapper that gauges the tank’s water level — and raise it up to stop water from filling the tank and going into the toilet. Find the plunger and forcefully jerk the plunger up and down to break up the sewage, and then try flushing again. If the toilet in your home frequently overflows, it’s time to call a plumber to find the root of the problem.

Slow-draining sink? If you notice that the sinks in your home are draining too slow and holding you up, it’s time to call in the pros. Sometimes, the problem can be as simple as clearing out the P-trap. Other times, the pipe might need to be replaced, or the feed pipe may be leaking and need to be repaired.

Leaky water heater? The combination of fuel, high pressure and hot water makes dealing with a malfunctioning water heater risky. If you notice water on the floor or, worse, a pool of water around the unit, shut off the fuel source to the water heater and then shut off the water supply. Call a plumber or HVAC contractor to find the source of the leak, which can stem from the inlet water pipe, the outlet pipe or the release valve.

The plumbers at RooterPLUS! are well-trained in how to deal with emergency plumbing scenarios. Call us when you need quick, reliable, expert plumbing solutions.

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