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03/06/2015

Protect Your Tankless Water Heater During the Winter | Stamford, CT

As residents throughout Connecticut and New York come to grips with the freezing temperatures of winter, it becomes imperative to protect water pipes and other plumbing devices from the cold weather. One device that is notably affected by the extreme cold temperatures is your tankless water heater, especially when it is located outside of your home. Tankless water heaters utilize a condenser, which keeps the water warm previously to use. This allows the warm water to be ready and waiting for you when you need it. Many Connecticut residents are of the understanding that the hot water temperatures created by a tankless water heater is not effected by the frigid temperatures. However, if you do not under go the appropriate provisions to protect your heater from the cold weather, your hot water heater can potentially freeze over and lead to costly repair services.

Having yout tankless water heater installed on the exterior of your home will have some advantages, but in order to protect it from the harsh Connecticut winters, you will need to take a few preventative measures. Most present day tankless water heaters have incorporated freeze protection devices that will help protect it from frigid temperatures, but the drawback is that it will only provide protection for the unit and it does not do anything to insulate the pipes leading into the unit from the winter elements. If you want to protect outdoor pipes, you could keep water running through them or cover them up with insulated blankets to keep them warm. It is just as important to protect your water pipes to ensure that you will be receiving a steady flow of hot water through the winter months.

Safeguard your water pipes

In order to forestall the water lines that direct into the tankless heater from freezing, it is imperative that you winterize or correctly insulate the pipes during the winter season. You should locate the areas of the piping that are most exposed to the winter elements and take measurements of these sections. You can then administer self-sealing pipe wrapping to the exposed area of the water pipes. It is an affordable and energy efficient solution to help prevent your pipes from freezing. The pipe wrapping insulation helps protect your copper and iron pipes against mold and condensation, which will help to prevent heat gain and loss and save you money on energy bills.

Another option to applying protective insulation to your pipes is to install an electric heater cable, which will be very effective in preventing damamge due to freezing temperatures. A heating cable is essentially a cord with encased electrical wire, that when plugged in regulates the temperature around plastic or metal pipes. You can run the cable along side of the water pipe, wrapping the cable around the piping every one to two feet in a spiral pattern. Upon wrapping your exposed pipes with heater cable, it is important to secure it with electrical tape and then cover it with pipe insulation. These measures will ensure your pipes are protected and help your pipes maintain the right temperature through the winter season.

Winterizing your tankless water heater system

If you are planning on flying south for the winter, you can begin preparing your tankless water heater by completely disconnecting it’s source of power. You can then turn off the water supply to the tank, and begin draining the water from the tankless water heater. It is also recommended that you disengage the water pipes from the tank to ensure that the water pressure is at nominal levels. In order to keep yard debris from accumulating in the vents of your system over the winter season, you should secure a weather-proof cover over the entire tank.

Many homeowners throughout Connecticut are not aware that in order to maintain a properly running hot water heater, it is imperative to protect the water heater from the winter elements. You can contact the plumbing and heating technicians at Schede Plumbing for all of hot water heater repair and maintenance needs. We can keep your hot or cold water temperatures and energy bills under control. Our plumbing and heating experts will repair and install any type of residential or commercial water heaters. Contact us today at 203-969-2299 for a free consultation!

Schede Plumbing and Heating provides drainage repair, hot water heater installation and maintenance services, tankless water heaters, generators, air conditioning, general pluming repairs and installations, new construction, well pumps, and general heating installation and repair services. Our service area includes the following towns and surrounding areas in Connecticut and New York: Fairfield, Greenwich, Stamford, Westport, Westchester, White Plains, New Rochelle, Rye. Contact us today for a FREE Consultation!

03/01/2015

Water Saving Tips – Plumbing Maintenance | Stamford, CT

If you are looking for ways to cut back household or business water and energy expenses, a great way to achieve this is by purchasing a new refrigerator, dishwasher, or clothing washing machine. There are many environmental advantages to “going green” by updating your appliances and the savings you will obtain may even allow you to pay off your the purchase costs within just a couple of years. Beside’s saving money on your monthly energy and water bills, you may also be eligible for rebates, tax refunds, and state incentives that could be potentially available to you. Another advantage to upgrading your older household appliances is that it will help cut back on the pollution that they could potentially be creating. When you purchase Energy Star products, you are contributing to impede global warming and advocate cleaner oxygen. Your new appliances will also allow you to operate at a more efficient capacity.

Connecticut Plumbing & Water saving tips

Every time you utilize a faucet, flush your toilet, turn on the garden hose, take a shower, ect., you are receiving an added expense of water being routed to your home or business. Running water is something that most Connecticut residents don’t consider when attempting to cut costs. However, if you pay close attention to your water bill, you understand that it is possible to have a substantial effect on the overall amount of your bill by under-taking few simple measures. We often speak to customers in the Stamford, Connecticut area who believe that it is difficult to conserve water in their homes or businesses. We tell our customers that by following the following water saving tips, they can help to significantly cut down your water bill, while simultaneously making a positive impact on the environment.

  1. Toilet Leaks: Toilet leaks are typically noiseless and hidden, which will allow water leaking to be undiscovered for a lengthy stretch of time. A consistent toilet leak can squander over one-hundred and fifty gallons of water in a single day, which is why it very important to be able to locate the link and perform regular preventative maintenance on your pluming. Here at Schede Plumbing and Heating, we utilize electronic water-leak testing, or electronic detection, of underground piping or plumbing to accurately locate the source of water leaks without expensive excavation or replacement. Our techniques and equipment can accurately locate even the smallest leak or pipe defect.
  2. Baths and Showers: You can save water in the shower and bath by installing specialty devices on your faucet and shower head, such as a low-flow shower head, water flow regulator, or a cut off valve, which will allow you to turn off the water at the faucet or shower head, while you apply cleansing products to yourself. If you are taking a bath, you can minimize water use by initially closing the drain and filling up the tub less than half way. The introductory cold water will be offset by the following warm water as the tub fills up.
  3. Saving Water with Dishwashers: The best way to perform water saving measures for dishwasher use is to only wash full loads. If you are upgrading your dishwasher, be sure you purchase Energy Star products for maximum efficiency. It is vital to repair any potential leaks you may experience in a quick manner. You can preform preventative measures by inspecting all of the piping and connections within your dishwasher to ensure that everything is successfully connected and dry.
  4. Washing Machine Tips: You can cut back on water-usage by utilizing the numerous settings for water volume to choose the lowest amount per load of laundry. You can perform small wash cycles for delicately stained loads. Normal and permanent press wash cycles utilize additional amounts water.

Don’t allow the snow filled days and cold nights of the Connecticut winter divert you from conserving water this winter season. Reports from the Environmental Protection Agency, have indicated that the typical household in the United States uses a astonishing 425 gallons of water during the coarse of a single day. If you follow a few water saving tips, you can drastically cut back on the amount of water that is utilized in your household, which will lead to lowering your monthly bills and promoting positive environmental impact simultaneously.

Schede Plumbing and Heating provides drainage repair, hot water heater installation and maintenance services, tankless water heaters, generators, air conditioning, general pluming repairs and installations, new construction, well pumps, and general heating installation and repair services. Our service area includes the following towns and surrounding areas in Connecticut and New York: Fairfield, Greenwich, Stamford, Westport, Westchester, White Plains, New Rochelle, Rye. Contact us today for a FREE Consultation!

    

 

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