How Much Does a Tankless Water Heater Cost

How Much Does a Tankless Water Heater Cost?

 

Posted on December 17, 2013 by noritz

You (and your wallet) may be pleasantly surprised.

 

Your water heater may not be an appliance that you keep top of mind. In fact, you may not think about it at all – until it fails. When the time comes it’s important to weigh your options on whether a tankless water heater is right for you. Although initial costs can be higher at times than a regular tank water heater, thinking “long term” will have you realizing the savings when it comes to tankless.

 

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Instant Hot Water Heater Myth? Or Reality?

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Instant Hot Water Heater? Myth or Reality?

 

Posted on October 28, 2013 by noritz
Tankless technology saves energy by heating water on-demand, when you need it. However, is there such a thing as “instant” hot water? Let’s explore.

It’s a cold winter morning. Half asleep, you stumble to the bathroom and turn on the water for the shower. And you wait. And wait. And it’s still cold. And so are you. Have you experienced that? If you blamed the plumbing in your old house, you’re not quite right. Even the newest of homes, regardless of water heating technology, can encounter this issue.

So is there such a thing as an instant hot water heater?

The answer is yes, but it also depends on your definition of “instant”. Instant hot water may be confused with having hot water on demand, which is technically different.

Defining On Demand

On demand hot water means just that: the water is heated whenever there’s a demand for it. A tankless water heater starts the heating process just after you turn on the faucet.

Not only is Tankless technology more energy efficient than tank technology, it also never runs out! Tankless is more efficient because it only uses gas when you actually need hot water, instead of continuously heating water 24/7, when you’re at work or asleep.

Instant Expectations

As mentioned above, tankless water heaters start heating water shortly after you turn on the faucet. Although the process starts the instant after you turn on the faucet, take note that there is no heater in existence, tankless or otherwise, that guarantees the first drop out of the faucet is steaming hot. That’s the reality. Also, the closer the hot water source is to the fixture, the faster the hot water will reach you.

Recirculation systems widely available on the market can also reduce your wait time. Traditional recirculation systems as well as point-of-use systems can be a good option in new construction or retrofit applications. Contact us at 1.800.410.3057 to discuss what might work best for your situation.

For over 5 decades, Noritz has specialized in manufacturing and improving on demand tankless technology. For more information on how to get on demand, continuous hot water, drop us a line on our contact us page.

 

Pinhole leaks plague South County homeowners

Pinhole leaks plague South County homeowners.

Lawsuits are piling up over tiny leaks in copper pipes that cause major damage.

By BROOKE EDWARDS STAGGS / ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER

The Bustos family was knee-deep in a remodel to their 12-year-old Ladera Ranch home when their daughter noticed something odd: bubbling white paint on new base molding.

“My husband said, ‘That’s water,’ ” Pam Bustos said, recalling that mid-October night.

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A pinhole leak in copper pipes sprays a tiny stream of water behind drywall in a Laguna Niguel home. This is the second leak the homeowner has had in three months, plumber Brandon Taliaferro said.
COURTESY OF BRANDON TALIAFERRO, A TO Z LEAK DETECTION

What residents can do

Experts recommend a few tips for homeowners in areas prone to pinhole leaks:

•Discuss pinhole leaks with an inspector before buying a home.

•Review all homeowners insurance policies to ensure pinhole leaks are covered.

•Do regular physical inspections and checks to water pressure to help catch problems early.

•Consider preventative measures, such as a filtration system that removes additives, an epoxy pipelining treatment or total pipe replacement.

•Report any leaks to the local water district for tracking

The maple hardwood floors they’d just paid $3,000 to refinish felt warm beneath their bare feet as they pulled a buffet cabinet out from a freshly painted wall. Then they saw seeping evidence of a problem that would cost nearly $17,000 to …

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Vacationing Away From Your Home

Your Home & Safety

Vacationing Away From Your Home.

No matter where you choose to journey for your break away trip, take the time to make preparations to your home before leaving.

A few smart steps toward protecting your home while you are way, could mean the world to you when you return.

Tips For Securing Your Home

 

  • Appoint a look-out.  Ask a good friend or “watch-worthy” neighbor to keep an eye on your place while you’re away.
  • Wait until after you return from vacation to post your photos to Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest.  Otherwise you are alerting “friends” and others that may be less than friendly of your absence.
  • Think about ways to keep your home from looking empty while you are vacationing.  From house sitters and timers to placing holds on your mail and newspaper delivery, there is plenty you can do to make your home seem less vacant.
  • Secure your garage door and any pet entrances with locks before leaving town as it can provide easier access to your home.
  • Timed lights, a well-kept home, and motion detectors can be a deterrent to thieves as well.
  • And although pets can be a great deterrent to those who may harm your home, when you leave town, you must make arrangements for their boarding and care.

 

Check List of Plumbing Maintenance

Below is a check list of plumbing maintenance and preventative care tips to help take care of your home’s plumbing system.

  • Check the caulking around sinks, toilets, tubs and showers.
  • Check for mildew. This is caused by standing water that may have dried up.
  • Check for signs of water leaks, usually indicated by puddles of water or watermarks. Check exposed pipes, where pipes run through the walls or at the foundation of your home.
  • Check for signs of corrosion. Look for any evidence of green stains around brass and copper fittings or around shutoff valves. Corrosion can cause leaks and bad pipe connections if not fixed.
  • Check toilets. First, check to see if your toilets rock when you push or pull on them. Next, make sure each toilet if flushing properly. Check inside the toilet for any broken, rusted or missing parts. Last, make sure toilets do not continue running after flushed and that there are no signs of water around any toilets.
  • Check sinks. Make sure each sink is draining properly. Slow drainage usually indicates a clog in the drain or a blocked vent pipe. If bubbles appear when water is draining, this is usually a sign of a problem.
  • Check showers and tubs. Make sure each of these drains properly as well. Just like your sink, if your shower or tub is draining slowly it may be an indication of a problem.
  • Check faucets. Turn on all of the faucets in your home to make sure that none are leaking from the handles or valves. Even a small leak over time wastes a lot of water and costs you in higher utility bills.
  • Check washing machine hoses. Inspect your hose for cracks, brittleness or leaking. Washing machine hoses are usually made of reinforced rubber, which can lose resiliency causing it to burst as it gets older. To reduce the chances that your hoses will fail, it’s a good idea to inspect your washing machine hoses regularly.
  • Check for cracked tiles, in the shower, around sinks or near water pipes. Hollow or loose tiles can be a sign that there is, or was, a leak that has caused rotting underneath or behind the tile.
  • Check water pressure. Low water pressure can be an indication that you have sediment build-up in the faucet or shower head. It can also be a sign that you have a problem in the water line.
  • Check your water heater. Your water heater should be drained and cleaned out once a year to remove sediment build-up. Signs that your water heater may have sediment buildup are rusty colored water coming from your fixtures, clothes not coming out of the washing machine as bright white as they should, a decrease in the amount of hot water available, and sometimes even low water pressure can be an indication you have a problem.

Water Leak Damage: Prevention And Repair

Water leak damage is insidious in how it can occur without your knowledge. It can happen at any time, anywhere, and in any place where water is flowing. That’s the dangerous part of plumbing: the damage it can cause to your home. And repairing some of that damage isn’t cheap, especially if it’s been sitting rather than being cleaned up.

Do you know some of the dangers of water damage? If it infiltrates your walls or floors, you can suffer serious damage like rotting, mold, and even worse! This is why it’s important to ensure that any leaking fixtures that might cause a problem are fixed and that you find any leaky pipes in your home.

Common Leaks And The Problems They Cause

First and foremost, check all the fixtures and areas around the fixtures you use the most. For instance, your showerheads, the faucet for the tub, sinks, the refrigerator (if you have a water line running into it) and any other major appliance you use on a regular basis. These are places that leaks can develop easily (and because we use them so often and associate them with water, we forget that they can leak). See if anything is wet where it shouldn’t be: walls, floors, and so forth.

Check all of the connections that you have access to, as well. Valves can go bad or be loose, and this can happen when they’re not checked (which happens all the time). When one of those valves goes bad, your floor and walls will pay for it dearly. Same goes for any connectors that are screwed on or can come loose at all.

Next, check your major appliances (like the dishwasher and the washing machine. These two are used often but because we don’t see the water nearly as much as we do with other, more open appliances and fixtures, we also forget that they can leak (until it’s far too late, anyway). Again, check the fittings, the valves, and the drains as often as you can (in this case, a clogged drain can mean disaster)!

Water Damage That Can Occur

Water damage is a large problem that can ruin your home, and if these leaks do happen to occur on a large scale (if missed entirely) you run some major risks.

For instance, you might be aware of how mold forms: through water laying on the surfaces, infiltrating them, and providing an ideal growth medium. But were you aware of the dangers mold poses to you? Some species of mold can actually seriously hurt you (or even kill you)! Preventing your home from becoming a good medium for this growth is only one part of why you should prevent water damage.

If you have hardwood floors (or any kind of floor that can decompose, really), water damage can harm those floors structurally until you’re no longer able to walk on them. Most hardwood floors are treated to prevent this outcome, but sometimes it’s unavoidable. Be sure to get that water up if it spills or leaks out onto the floor!

There’s also another issue, even if the water damage doesn’t harm your home’s structure: it can lower your home’s value. If the water damage left visible marks, then you’ll need to fix the damage that it did to prevent any issues with your home.

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As always, if you need any help cleaning up your water damage from any kind of leak or catastrophe, be sure to give us a call and we’ll be there as soon as we can to fix the problems that you’re having. Thanks, and we hope to hear from you soon!

Water Leaks

Water Leaks! Drips, running water and dampness could be cause for an inspection to see if your in need of waterproofing repair. Foundation can easily start leaking, and cause more damage if not properly fixed at the right time. Good waterproofing is important to ensure dry and safe foundation, so your building lasts long.

Plumbing Is An Integral Part of Human History and Its Future

Plumbing is an integral part of human history and its future.

Plumbing has made an extraordinary but little recognised contribution to human health, the environment and prosperity since the beginning of civilization.

Plumbing is plugged into how life works in a way that few other industries are. If decision makers, politicians, and governments finally and fully understood the importance of plumbing, then real progress could be made by our industry and the communities we live in.

In recent years, we have seen a time of increasing awareness of water and energy issues and of a collective willingness to make changes to improve efficiencies and to adopt conservation measures. This is a time for the Plumbing Industry, a time to be bolder and go much further as a global industry than we have done so far. The benefits will be, in direct proportion to the degree of change we are willing to contemplate and embrace.

When we talk about a global water crisis, we are not speculating about a hypothetical future – it’s here and now.The United Nations says that more than a billion (that’s one in six) humans are already living with severe freshwater scarcity. As nations develop their demand for water rises rapidly. Availability of fresh water is acknowledged as one of the strongest determinants of economic prosperity and hence political stability. Lack of water is, quite simply, keeping billions of human beings poor, sick, uneducated and ill-governed.

 

Clean water is not a luxury, safe clear drinking water and sanitation is possible in any nation, big or small, when simple, sound plumbing practices are adopted.

Population growth and urbanisation, coupled with increasing globalisation, pose some real challenges to our growing global communities in ensuring the integrity of plumbing systems. Whatever the technology, locality or culture involved – quality water supply and sanitation are constant fundamentals of a healthy human society in both the built and natural environments. Technology may change, and cultures may evolve, but this fact of life will not.

Everyone needs and deserves fresh water!