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Plumbing Emergency: What To Do During a Flood

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.

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Everything You Should Know About Your Hot Water System Installation Options

by Melvin Owens

Storage, tankless, or solar? Three main water heating solutions are available on today's market, so it shouldn't be hard for you to weigh up your options to choose the correct one. Here's what to know about each type before committing.

Storage water heater

This hot water system is the conventional choice for homes. It features a tank that is used to store hot water, hence the name. The size of the hot water tanks depends on the hot water consumption of every household. Households that consume a lot of water will require a larger tank than those that use less hot water.

Tank-style water heaters use a variety of fuel sources to heat water, but gas and electricity are generally the most widely used fuel sources. When correctly sized, these water heaters ensure a steady supply of hot water to households, even during the peak hours of use. On the downside, they're not the most efficient option because they heat the water even when it's not being used. This can frustrate your efforts to keep your domestic energy expenses down.

Tankless water heater 

An on-demand water heater is what it's sometimes called, and rightly so because this water heating equipment is designed to provide hot water instantaneously or on-demand. As a result, no tank is required for hot water storage. Because they only heat water when it is needed, tankless water heaters generally run more efficiently than comparable tank-style units, which run provided the water temperature in your tank drops below a certain temperature. 

Although they offer greater operating efficiency and savings on energy and utility bills, tankless hot water systems may not match the capacity of their tank-type cousins. If you have a large family, you may have to install multiple tankless units to avoid running out of hot water during peak hours of use. This may require a higher upfront cost than if you installed one large storage water heater.

Solar water heater

This hot water system is a welcome relief for anyone who wants to heat their water without the operating costs of a gas- or electric-powered water heater. It is a green choice for your home because it requires tapping solar energy.

Solar collectors are installed on the roof of your house (or ground-mounted) to collect the sun's energy and use it to heat water. This allows you to heat water in a manner that doesn't harm the environment. The downside of solar water heaters is that they may not fully meet your domestic hot water needs. As a result, you may need to install a storage water heater to act as a backup.

If you need more information about hot water systems, feel free to consult a local technician.