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April 22, 2010

The Advantages of Using Propane Tankless Water Heaters

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Don’t look now but traditional water heaters may soon be on their way out. With the increasing energy costs, many homes and businesses are now turning to propane tankless water heaters. There are a lot of reasons why the switch from traditional water heaters to tankless water heaters is occurring. The most important reason behind this is the lower energy consumption of using a tankless propane heater. These heaters have also been designed to facilitate precise temperature control aside from having the right size to fit in any space.

With the rising costs of natural gas, it is very practical to rely on a tankless water heater instead of its a traditional counterpart. With a propane tankless heater, one does not have to keep 50 gallons of hot water overnight which can be such a waste since not all of the water is needed. Users of tankless heaters can get their hot water when they need it. It has been proven that using a one can save up to 30% in energy costs rather than using a traditional water heater.

Most tankless propane water heaters are also compact so there is no need to worry about the space. Some of the newer models are at least half the size of the conventional water heater. While the size has been reduced, the features and benefits have been increased. There are models having a digital display which shows the right temperature of the water. Users can also set their desired water temperature with most of today’s propane tankless water heaters. There is also no problem with troubleshooting tankless heaters since most models come with a self diagnostic system.

The abovementioned qualities of propane tankless water heaters have made them even more appealing compared to traditional water heaters. No wonder many households and businesses are expected to use these heaters in the years to come.

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Top Portable Propane Water Heaters

If you need to have instant hot water even if you’re away from home, then you should consider the use of portable propane water heaters. These are compact, lightweight devices that provide hot water in any place, whether indoors or outdoors. They are usually brought during camping trips, and other outdoor adventures.

Compared to an electric water heater, a portable propane water heater is faster when heating water. A typical propane water heater makes use of direct heat in heating the water, meaning the water is kept hotter faster and at a longer period. It can be used for cleaning, washing the dishes, taking a hot shower, and making cups of hot beverages.

There are several portable propane water heaters in the market today. One of these is the Rheem FVR propane water heater. This portable propane heater can provide up to 40 gallons of hot water. It features an advanced auto shut off feature for added security. It is also maintenance-free so users won’t have to be concerned about cleaning its filter. It boasts of typical replacement parts, and features a tank cleaning system which can reduce the buildup of sediments. It comes with a 6 year warranty on its tank and other parts, and it retails for the affordable price of $500.

There is also the Bosch Aquastar propane tankless water heater which can provide hot water in an instant. It has a maximum 117,000 BTU input, while its ignition is water-generated. It can provide up to 40 gallons of hot water and provide continuous hot water for a singular purpose at a time. The water temperature can range from 90 to 180 degrees and can be customized up to 4.3 gallons per minute. It comes with a 12 year warranty on its heat exchanger, while its parts have a 2 year warranty. It retails for $700.

April 17, 2010

Repairing A Pin Hole Leak in A PVC Elbow Pipe

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Needless to say that even the smallest leak in a pipe can cause damaging effects when not addressed immediately. In fact, a small hole on a PVC elbow can progress to a bigger one when you continue ignoring the problem. Unsightly water stains, flooding, and wood rot can all start from a simple pinhole leak in your pipe. Fortunately, there are easy and simple ways to protect your home from the potential dangers of pipe leaks. In particular, this article will thoroughly discuss how to repair a pin-hole leak in a PVC elbow-shaped pipe.

Before anything else, you have to gather all the materials needed, which will most likely include the following:

  • PVC primer and glue
  • Epoxy
  • Caulky gun or epoxy dispenser
  • Spare PVC pipe
  • Heat gun
  • Protective gloves

After preparing the materials, you can now start with the actual leak repair. The first thing to do is to locate the source of the pipe leak, which in this case is the PVC elbow. Turn off the main water valve to impede the flow of water. This is very important to alleviate the damaged PVC elbow pipe from water pressure. Drain the remaining water on the pipe and let it dry before you start repairing the hole.

Next, fill the pinhole with a PVC primer and then followed by the PVC glue. You may also opt to use plumbing adhesives that already combine the primer and glue in one solution, such as the Gorilla PVC glue. Remember that when working with chemical adhesives, it is vital to wear protective gloves.

Apply an epoxy glue stick unto the leaking pinhole with the use of a caulk gun or epoxy dispenser. Allow the epoxy glue to dry before turning on the main water valve. After that, open the water connection and check if there is still any sign of leaks. If the leaking problem persists, you might need to replace the damaged PVC elbow pipe with a new one.

February 7, 2010

Sewage Pumps

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Hey folk’s, I found a simply fantastic resource on sewage pumps that I just had to share with all of my readers. It is an article from the site Plumbing Point called the Sewage Pump Guide. If you are at all interested in learning about sewage pumps I would absolutely recommend that you check out that article and read it top to bottom. After having worked in the plumbing industry for several years I can tell you that this article is by far the best material that I have ever read on the topic.
To give you a little information on what a sewage pump is let me try to explain the basic plumbing concepts behind its need and use. Many of you are familiar with a certain European who lived several hundred years ago, a guy who went by the name of Isaac Newton. Well among other things Newton is credited with discovering the scientific concept we now call gravity. As the story goes an apple fell from a tree striking Newton on his noggin, triggering the “light bulb” moment which prompted his presentation of the concept gravity. OK so you are now probably thinking that I went off on some tangent but in actuality I haven’t. Sewage pumps were developed to counteract or battle against gravity. Since most plumbing systems rely on gravity to move sewage waste down pipes and into the main sewage lines, gravity is a major part of plumbing education. Now in many cases the waste is actually below the sewage line. In cases like this, you need to pump the waste up to the height where the main sewage line exists. In this situation you need a sewage pump.

OK, so now that you know the basics you can check out that site to find even more information.

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