Most people don’t give much thought to the plumbing system in their home until there is a problem. And when there is a problem, most people say “oh, it will be nothing,” or “we’ve had that happen before.” The truth though, is that any system that requires a plumber can be easily avoided if you make small changes at the appropriate time.
Most people don’t think about their plumbing until there’s a problem. However, the plumbing problem can be easily avoided at the appropriate time, if you think about how your plumbing works.
If you have a hot water heater, you should have it pumped out every 3 to 4 years. Many people think that once their hot water heater “stops working,” it’s no big deal. It’s true, that’s the easiest way for your hot water heater to be fixed, but this is only the beginning of the problems with your hot water system.
A good hot water system for your home (this is especially important for the RV) should have a couple of basic parts: your heat source, which in the modern world is usually a tank-type hot water heater with a dual flush option that also operates on gas, or electricity, and your hot water faucet. These three components should work well together and be easy to replace. It is important that you keep your hot water fixture sizes small and compact, so that the whole system can fit under the sink. The size of your sink should be roughly the same size as the size of your heating unit.
If you live in the colder months, you may want a heat pump for your hot water system. Heat pumps work by using either electricity or a gas burner to heat water as it passes through a heat exchanger. Heat pumps are great, but the size of your unit is slightly larger than the size of your hot water unit.
If you have water pipes running down the center of your house, you may want to consider trenchless piping. This is a new technology, and is only available in a couple of places, but the benefits are amazing. Your piping will be thinner, so your heating unit can get closer to the surface of the ground. The new trenchless piping is also able to be installed much closer to the water source (the water meter).
If you think about your home, there are probably some pipes connecting the water supply to the hot water system or the air handling unit. These pipes can be either copper or plastic. Copper pipes last a long time, and are very strong, but they can leak and corrode. A plastic pipe lasts a little longer, but is more expensive. A trenchless piping system can replace the old pipes, using smaller diameter copper, and saving you money.
The next step is to get your system installed. It is very important to get your piping installed correctly, or cold spots will eventually appear. It is easy to make a mistake, because you are standing under your pipes. You can always make a phone call to a professional or get in person to find out how you might be able to save some money.
Once you have your piping installed, you will notice a significant improvement in the comfort and efficiency of your hot water system. You are not going to have to run water down into your crawl space, to keep the heat in the pipes warm when you are not using it.
Trenchless piping systems are not the only way to save money, but they are one of the more economical options. Trenchless piping systems work well for homes, apartment buildings and hotels, in addition to the home and small businesses.