As a homeowner you may have heard the praises of the tankless water heater sung by a number of your other home owning friends. However, a lot of people say a lot of things are good, but it doesn’t automatically mean they are good. Are tankless water heaters really better than their storage tank alternatives?
If you want to learn more about tankless water heaters and if they are right for your home, contact us today.
Cross-linked polyethylene, better known as PEX, has become a major piping revolution over the past few years. As it is a flexible piping option, it makes for easier installation inside homes opposed to rigid copper or PVC pipe. However, while PEX is chosen for many re-piping and new piping installations for its benefits, does it still have the same problems as other piping options when it gets cold? Do PEX pipes freeze and burst like the rest?
The simplest answer is that PEX pipes can freeze if not insulated, and they can burst like copper or PVC when that happens. However, as a plastic, PEX has the certain benefit of flexibility. Unlike copper of even PVC, PEX has the certain ability to slightly expand and contract. This means that when water freezes, the pipe can expand to accommodate it without bursting. However, PEX is not perfect in this regard. After enough freeze and thaw cycles, the material will lose that flexibility. This means while PEX can withstand freezing more than other piping options, but it will eventually spring a leak as it gets worn down.
PEX piping isn’t a good choice for outdoor use. Like other piping options, it needs to be insulated to protect from freezing. So while the first time your PEX freezes probably won’t be an issue or cause bursting, you will need to find that pipe and make sure it is insulated so it doesn’t happen again.
Considering PEX Piping Options?
If you have rapidly aging plumbing and are looking into new plumbing options, PEX is an excellent choice. It is more affordable, flexible, and has less capacity for contamination compared to other piping options. However, while PEX is a good choice, it still needs care like more traditional piping options. If you are considering PEX piping as a replacement for your leaky old pipes, contact us today to see what we recommend for your unique needs.
An endless supply of hot water – that’s the dream, right? No matter how many people got dibs on the shower before you, you still have a hot one waiting. That is the primary benefit of investing in a tankless hot water heater. However, many also take advantage of the savings that can come with a tankless model. Here’s how you save money with tankless water heater?
As a more energy efficient way to heat your water, homes can often save between $70 to $100 per year with gas-powered tankless water heaters being more efficient than electric models and larger families reaping more efficiency benefits. Unfortunately, we need to have an honest discussion about tankless water heaters. It will probably be awhile before you start feeling the savings of its energy efficiency.
The major concern of tankless water heaters is the expense that comes with their installation. The tankless models alone are already more expensive at purchase than storage tanks. Often tankless water heaters cost over $1,000 just to purchase. Unfortunately, it is the installation costs that are the real pain point for tankless water heaters.
A tankless water heater needs to be installed by a qualified plumber. Furthermore, not every house is automatically set up to receive one. Many homes do not have the correct wiring to support a tankless water heater, meaning an expensive rewiring job may be required and an electrician will also need to come out. This is something that can run up to $5,000 to do and is typically the most expensive part of getting a tankless water heater.
While getting a tankless water heater can be great for energy efficiency as well as an endless supply of hot water, if you are considering one, it highly beneficial to have your home inspected by a plumber first to get an estimate of the true costs. If your house needs rewiring, you may want to save up a little more before making the investment in a tankless water heater.
If you are considering a new water heater or have any other plumbing issues that need inspection or repair, contact us today.
Tankless water heaters offer many advantages that far outweigh the major disadvantage which is the cost. East Texas Leak Locators encourages the use of tankless water heaters to save energy and water.
A tankless water heater may cost a little more than a conventional stored water heater, but they will save you ten to 20 percent on your energy costs. Many older homes, as well as new homes, are using tankless water heaters for the following reasons:
Saving energy saves money. You are not paying to keep water hot while you are not using it. Tankless water heaters do not have the insulation that can deteriorate over time in conventional storage tanks.
The plumbing system includes connections to dishwashers and washing machines as well as to sinks, tubs, and showers. There is no wasting water while waiting for it to heat in a shower, bathtub or sink. The maximum temperature can be set to any level.
The lifespan of a tankless heater is approximately 20 years. A gas or electric storage heater usually needs replacing within ten to 13 years.
Did you know:
If all residential gas tankless water heaters sold in the United States were ENERGY STAR certified, the energy cost savings would grow to $215 million each year, and nearly 1.8 billion pounds of annual greenhouse gas emissions would be prevented, equivalent to the emissions from 160 thousand vehicles.
Contact us at East Texas Leak Locators for more information on tankless water heaters. We will explain the difference in heaters and how we install and service them.
When it comes to home repairs, many homeowners love taking matters into their own hands and fixing the problem themselves. After all, feeling involved in making your home a better place is both rewarding and satisfying. However, when it comes to plumbing, DIY repairs can be a bit of a challenge, even for more experienced DIYers. Though fixing a clogged toilet may be easy enough, there are a few repairs that should always be fixed by an experienced plumbing contractor.
Clogged or Slow Drains
Though it may be tempting to reach for the drain cleaner to bust up a clog, it can actually make the problem far worse. Commercially available drain cleaner uses extremely caustic chemicals to break up debris in your pipes. Though effective, those chemicals can also degrade the pipes, leaving you at an increased risk for leaks as well as additional clogs in the future. The best option is to call an experienced plumbing contractor and let them remove the leak without damaging the pipes.
Though a constantly running toilet is often caused by a damaged valve, there could be an underlying problem that’s causing the system to work inefficiently. Since a running toilet can waste well over 100 gallons a day, it’s important to let a professional make the necessary repairs immediately. Remember, if the problem is not due to a leaky valve, the flushing mechanism may need to be replaced and that can get complicated quickly.
Anything Related to Your Water Heater
Water heaters are incredibly complex machines that rely on gas or electrical connections in order to heat the water. When handled by an inexperienced technician or DIYer, any water heater problems are only likely to get worse. Furthermore, a DIY repair may even void your warranty, making future problems potentially more expensive to repair. Instead, contact a plumbing contractor and schedule an inspection immediately. They’ll take care of the issue and maintain the unit’s warranty.
Spare yourself the stress of tackling plumbing repairs on your own. Contact East Texas Leak Locators to schedule an appointment today.
While copper piping has always been the classic plumbing option, PEX is quickly gaining popularity for its number of benefits. Aside from being more affordable, the criss cross pattern that reinforces the plastic piping also makes it more durable. However, every product has a shelf life, and one may wonder how long a PEX pipes lifespan is. How Long Does PEX Last?
In most standard applications, PEX piping has a comparable lifespan to copper piping. Copper can last anywhere from 50 to 70 years in the right conditions while PEX can last upwards of 50 years as well with very few problems. However, the real benefit of choosing PEX over copper when it comes to lifespan is if you live in an area with acidic water. When water is too acidic, this greatly diminished the lifespan of copper piping. It can make it so you need copper pipes replaced in as few as 20 years. However, PEX doesn’t suffer from this same fatal flaw when it comes to an acidic pH.
As PEX is made from a plastic rather than a metal, it is not subject to acidic corrosion like copper pipes. So while it has a comparable lifespan to copper, it can actually be the longer lasting choice in acidic areas. As the piping is also flexible, it means that you don’t need to worry about the pipes bursting if they get too cold or too hot either. The flexibility allows expansion to accommodate the water rushing through the pipes even in cold weather where copper piping can freeze and you risk bursting the pipes. However, for as durable as PEX piping is, it is restricted to inside use only. It is not durable enough to withstand extended outside use as it can break down and the water risks contamination.
If you are considering new PEX plumbing options, contact us today to talk over all your options so you can make the choice right for your home.
If you’re searching for a residential or commercial plumbing in Tyler, Texas, who won’t waste your time or money, schedule an appointment with East Texas Leak Locators. In the area for 30+ years, they’ve built their business on outstanding customer service.
Too many Texas plumbers take your call and leave you waiting. They’ll speed to your home or business to deliver a quote for repairs, but you never know when they’ll return to finish the job. It’s a risk you can’t afford when a water leak threatens your property. Find a fast solution to your plumbing problems with a company you can trust to treat you and your property right.
Hire East Texas Leak Locators for:
With four decades of experience tackling the plumbing problems of homes and businesses, no job is too simple or too overwhelming for our company to handle. Any common problem you’re dealing with, we can solve faster with less mess and stress. In many cases, you’ll also have less of an expense!
Facing a major plumbing emergency? We’re the right ones to call for that too. Along with the skills and knowledge needed, we have all the right tools. In fact, we’re one of the leading providers of slab leak detection and repair in the state.
East Texas Leak Locators are the perfect plumbers for the job, whether you’re worried about water safety or a pesky leak. Contact us 24 hours a day to find relief from all your water problems.
Interior water damage has the potential to cost a homeowner a lot of time and money. A leaking water heater, broken ice maker, or busted plumbing pipe can lead to catastrophe. Water damage can ruin personal property and also lead to a dwelling’s drywall, ceiling, flooring, and fixtures being destroyed. Therefore it is important to call the certificated professionals at East Texas Leak Locators immediately after observing water damage.
The Insurance Claims Process
If water damage and a plumbing leak are observed by a homeowner, it is important to try to minimize the damage as soon as possible. When filing an insurance claim, the agency in charge of the homeowner’s policy needs to be contacted so they can create a claim. Due to water damage being present and having a chance to get worse as time goes on, the agent’s office will typically advise the policyholder to contact a plumber right away to stop the leak and take measures to decrease the amount of water damage within the home.
The homeowner should also turn off the water and if standing water is observed, he or she should get towels and fans to try and stop the problem. A plumber will most likely need to arrive on-site before the insurance claims adjuster, therefore the homeowner needs to take photos of the initial water damage and leak problems for verification purposes.
According to the Insurance Institute for Business and Home Safety, “Plumbing supply system failures cost an average of $5,092 per incident after the deductible was paid.”
It is important to use highly trained plumbers in the event of an insurance plumbing claim and not a general contractor or handyman. East Texas Leak Locators understands the need to address damage concerns early and fix a leak immediately. We are able to provide report copies and invoices to insurance providers (with permission) in order to help a customer get reimbursed for repair costs.
Our trained professionals at East Texas Leak Locators are available in emergency situations and also for general maintenance and installation purposes. Contact us today!
When you’re moving to a new house, there’s a long to-do list before you can feel settled in. Some of those tasks are part of the moving in process: unpacking your boxes, making adjustments to your routine, and making the house feel like home. Some of those tasks are a bit more structural: labeling your breakers, making minor repairs, and learning where all the off switches are. As you’re adjusting to your new home, make sure you schedule a general tune-up and inspection of your gas supply system. Here’s why:
There are always cues that let you know how well your new home used to be taken care of. A clean, well-organized furnace closet is certainly one of them. But you can never know for sure until a professional takes a look. Bring one in so they can check for any broken parts and leaks. They can also tune up your appliances to get ready for the changing seasons. Even more importantly, they can make sure you supply lines are in good condition, especially if you have a slab foundation.
If you’ve never had a gas-powered home before, you need to know how it works. A technician can walk you through how to turn off the main and localized gas supplies, what warning signs you need to look out for, and what maintenance you need to keep track of as a homeowner.
The gas supply line to your house runs underground and it can be impossible to locate yourself. But you need to know where it is, not just where it’s likely to be, as soon as possible. Then you can make sure landscaping projects work safely around it. You can also keep an eye out for withering plants near the supply line so you can call if you think there’s a leak.
Whether you want a tune-up, a comprehensive inspection, or repairs, contact us at East Texas Leak Locators. We can answer your questions and help you feel more at home with your gas lines.
A gas tankless water heater is small. They don’t have to hold a vat of forty or fifty gallons of water all the time, and they don’t have to keep that water hot. Instead, they just heat the water through a system of coils as it passes from the water supply line to your faucet. This works out perfectly, especially in small homes. You gain extra space in your closet or garage, and small homes usually don’t have enough simultaneous activity to overpower the tankless heater’s capacity.
The second primary benefit is the energy efficiency. Again, you don’t have to worry about keeping the water heated all the time, and that lowers your energy bill considerably. The gas is only on for as long as the shower is running or your appliances take to clean the dishes or laundry. Tankless heaters are also built to last twice as long as their traditional counterparts, so you’re going to be saving more money down the line.
When it comes to gas-powered tankless water heaters, there is one difference to keep in mind. Like with all gas appliances, ventilation is key. So when you’re getting the estimates for the initial installation, make sure the modifications include a dedicated vent system with larger gas pipes. Even though the machine won’t be running all the time, it needs a bit of space to safely make your water piping hot.
If you know you want a tankless water heater and you’re ready to get an estimate, contact us at East Texas Leak Locators. We can install your heater and make sure your gas system is sealed and running smoothly.