Welcome! My name is Sally. This is my blog about plumbing. I decided to start writing about plumbing after a very scary experience. I arrived home from work one day only to discover that a pipe burst in my home. When I opened the front door, I saw a torrent of water pouring down the stairs. I panicked and ran next door to my neighbour. Luckily, he used to work as a construction contractor, so he has a lot of experience in dealing with household problems. He helped me to turn off the mains water and helped me to mop up the mess. After this event, I decided I wanted to learn more about the plumbing in my house, so I went to a night school class.
Quite a lot hinges on making sure you get it right with the installation of your hot water service. Seemingly minor mistakes during installation can have a significant effect on the efficiency and longevity of hot water systems. This is the more reason why you should get a qualified and experienced plumber for the job.
What is it then that hot water systems plumbers bring to the job? Here is a rundown of what you can expect.
Choosing the Right Materials
An expert plumber will consider several factors, including durability, tolerance for high temperature and pressure, resistance to electrolytic corrosion and cost, when choosing pipes. PEX is one of the most popular choices for hot water systems.
When working with metallic piping, experts know better than to connect pipes made from different metals directly. Doing so may result in galvanic corrosion that will degrade the pipes and contaminate the water. Insulated dielectric connectors come in handy for such connections.
Excellent Soldering Technique
An amateur plumber may not have mastered the proper techniques to use in the installation of hot water systems. Seasoned plumbers, on the other hand, know how and where to hold the soldering torch to create a watertight connection that will not leak.
Similarly, ensuring that any soldered connections are not made too close to the water heater will help to avoid any damage to the heater. Expert plumbers solder fittings separately, maintaining a good distance from the water heater.
Securing System Components
For tank-based hot water systems, it is vital to ensure that the tank itself is well secured. An expert plumber will explore any of several available options for strapping down the tank. This is important because, while it would take a lot of force to tip over the water tank, a bump to the heater can cause some of the fittings and connections to come loose, leading to leaks.
The same attention should also be given to the gas or electrical lines supplying your hot water systems. Fastening these lines in place and away from foot traffic or any other interference boosts safety and protects the lines from damage.
Don't Skimp on Installation
In trying to cut down on the cost of hot water systems installation, you may want to do it yourself or hire a handyman or an amateur plumber with little to no experience. However, simple mistakes that an expert certainly wouldn't do may end up costing you much more than you would have spent getting the right plumber for the job.Share