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Things to Consider for a Heat Pump Water Heater Installation

Monday, July 2nd, 2018

cold-showerTime to get a new water heater. No, this isn’t as exciting as “time to get a new flat screen UHD television and pre-order the 50th anniversary 4K Blu-ray of 2001: A Space Odyssey.” (Seriously, who isn’t excited for that? Have you ever seen the film in a crystal clear large format? A-MAZ-ING.) However, getting a new water heater is one of the most important things you can do for your home, since you use hot water every day and a good portion of your monthly utility bills goes toward powering the water heater.

Now that you’re thinking of getting a water heater, you may be considering a heat pump water heater rather than a conventional model. This technology may be new to you, so let’s look closer at some of the facts of heat pump water heaters to think about.

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Should I Turn Up the Water Heater Temperature?

Tuesday, January 9th, 2018

thermometer-going-redAlthough you rely on your water heater throughout the year, probably every day, it does more work for you during the winters. On a chilly morning, a hot shower feels better than ever—and it can also be a wonderful relief to soak in a hot bath at the end of the day.

So what do you do if the water heater isn’t as warm as it should be? The simple answer would seem to be an adjustment to the thermostat for the water heater (which is called an aquastat). The default temperature for most water heaters is 140°F, although homeowners often lower it to 125°F or 120°F to help conserve energy. If you’ve lowered the temperature during the rest of the year and wouldn’t mind having it back up to the default, then it’s fine to put it back to 140°F.

However, if the reason you’re thinking of raising the aquastat is that the water heater’s performance has dropped, you’re putting yourself at risk of scalding hot temperatures!

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Saving Money with a Heat Pump Water Heater Installation

Monday, October 9th, 2017

showerhead-hot-waterThis is a busy time of the year for making improvements on a home to prepare it for winter. One excellent upgrade you can make for your house is to finally get rid of that creaky, unreliable, and expensive-to-run tank water heater. If you’ve got a system more than 15 or 20 years old, you’re due for a change to something that’s not only less likely to break down, but which will also cost far less to run.

We often talk about the advantages of using a tankless water heater to provide hot water to your household. But this isn’t the only option you have for making a technology upgrade for water heating. Tankless systems aren’t ideal for all homes, and in your specific case you might want to stay with a system that stores water in a tank and keeps it heated and ready for use.

But that doesn’t mean you have to use a standard natural gas or electric water heater. If you’re looking to save money with a new water heater installation, take a look at the benefit of a heat pump water heater.

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Can a Tankless Water Heater Keep Up with My Household?

Tuesday, September 19th, 2017

tankless-water-heaterWe love tankless water heaters! We think they are a great option for homes looking to replace an aging storage tank water heater with something that will help cut down on their heating bills, save space, and provide an unlimited supply of hot water. When you consider that the water heater accounts for the largest portion of heating power in your home, going with a system that significantly cuts down on energy consumption can mean a large reduction in monthly utility bills. A tankless water heater installation may cost more than a storage tank water heater, but it will pay for itself in a few years.

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What Does a Water Softener Actually Do?

Monday, July 3rd, 2017

gold-bathroom-faucetHard water is a common problem in homes across the country. In fact, studies have shown that approximately 85% of homes have hard water in their plumbing.

But what does this actually mean? What makes hard water a problem, and how does a water softener fix it?

Hard vs. Soft Water

Right from the start, the terms “hard” and “soft” water sound strange to people who aren’t specialists in water treatment. (How can water be “soft”? And isn’t “hard water” just ice?) But the concept isn’t that complicated. The hardness of water, which can be determined by professional water testing, is the amount of magnesium and calcium grains suspended in the water. The more grains, the harder the water. Water is considered hard when it exceeds 3 grains per gallon (GPG). Less than this is considered soft. Unfortunately, water hardness here in Maryland homes often exceeds 10 GPG, which is considered “very hard”!

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The Rise of Copper and Plastic Piping: Why We Use Them

Monday, May 8th, 2017


Indoor plumbing may be used as the yardstick for all other convenient inventions (along with sliced bread, apparently, although we don’t understand how indoor plumbing and sliced bread are remotely the same when it comes to convenience), but that doesn’t mean it hasn’t undergone extensive changes over the hundred-plus years since it became commonplace.

One of the major improvements in plumbing is piping material. Once, the standard for pipes were iron, lead, steel, and clay. After the Second World War these materials started to be replaced, and the process sped up after 1970. Today, plumbers use copper and a range of plastics such as CPVC (chlorinated polyvinyl chloride) and PEX (crosslinked polyethylene) for repiping and pipe replacement jobs, as well as new construction.

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Steps to Take to Check over Your Plumbing This Spring

Monday, March 13th, 2017

plumbing-iconsIt’s almost spring—and that means it’s time to think about spring cleaning. But what does spring cleaning mean to you? It can cover many jobs, such as going through old paperwork to organizing a spice rack. But it also means arranging for important maintenance services for parts of your house, places that suffer the most during a harsh winter season.

Your household plumbing is one system that undergoes a great deal of stress during the winter. Without some simple checks on the pipes, faucets, and appliances of your plumbing system, you might head into spring with some major issues. Below we’ve put together some step we recommend you take before spring weather arrives that will help locate places where you’ll need the assistance of professional plumbers.

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Ways to Tell It’s Time to Schedule Water Testing

Monday, January 16th, 2017

Water testing does a thorough job of finding out if the water in a home contains unhealthy pollutants. The testing usually takes around a week: a team of professionals comes to the house to take samples from different water sources in the house, and then sends them to a lab. A week later, the lab results return, and the professionals go over the report with the homeowners and offer suggestions for how to improve water quality.

We’re proud to offer water testing services, as well as filters, UV water purifiers, water softeners, and reverse osmosis systems to purifier a home’s water. If you aren’t sure if you should have water testing done, here’s a few ways to tell the time has come:

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Is a Reverse Osmosis System a Good Option for Clean Water in My Home?

Tuesday, November 8th, 2016

If you are concerned about the quality of the water that comes into your house from the municipal plumbing system, you aren’t alone… and you probably have good reason for those concerns. Even the best water treatment plant can’t prevent chemicals, minerals, and heavy metals from entering the water in the pipes as it travels to your house. When you suspect poor quality water, arrange for water testing with us, and we’ll determine what type of water treatment system will resolve the problem.

One of the most common types of water treatment solutions we recommend is the reverse osmosis filtration system.

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4 Warning Signs You Need Repairs for Your Water Heater

Tuesday, October 11th, 2016

The water heater is an appliance for all seasons. Even in the midst of a summer heat wave, you still need to have the water heater working away steadily to provide your house with heated water.

However, winter is probably when you’ll be giving your water heater the most consideration, and during the fall it’s wise to keep a sharp lookout for any indications that the water heater is suffering from malfunctions. Even a small issue with a water heater can rapidly balloon into a complete system shutdown—and that’s most likely to happen on one of the coldest days of the winter! Below we’ve listed a few of the early indications that your water heater is running into trouble that’ll require professional repairs before the situation worsens.

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