If you’re about to replace your water heater, have you considered tankless? Tankless water heaters are a great way to improve your property value, reduce your energy bill, and increase your comfort. While traditional tanked heaters heat up a reservoir of water which is then used by the household, a tankless water heater will heat the water quickly and on demand.
Let’s take a look at the benefits of a gas or water tankless heater.
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Here in the plumbing industry, there are consistently new products and trends coming out. For example, right now, leak detection devices along with smart technology and touchless plumbing features are on the rise. See what else is happening in the plumbing industry with these 2022 expectations and a market forecast.
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A hot shower in the morning tends to be one of the primary ways people wake up, aside from a good cup or mug of coffee. However, few things are more irritating than to be two minutes into that hot shower and suddenly a blast of mediocre or cold water comes shooting out. Yet again, the water heater has given up the ghost and the rest of the shower is a hurried run to get cleaned off and out to a warm towel. Yes, you’re awake but now miserable and wondering, why does the hot water run out so fast?
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Don’t let Houston’s relatively mild winter weather fool you. Occasionally temperatures dip below freezing or we’ll have a snow storm out of the blue – the problem is that homes and other structures in Texas are not built with this kind of weather in mind.
If you don’t take precautions and winterize your home, you are just one snow storm or hard freeze away from experiencing a costly plumbing emergency. So, what should you do to prep your home for cold weather and hard freeze warnings in Texas?
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Do you ever feel like you are living in a haunted house with all those strange moaning and knocking noises coming from your pipes?
Instead of calling Ghostbusters you probably should call your local plumber to figure out why your pipes are calling you.
Much like your body sending pain signals to indicate something is wrong, your pipes making groaning and whining noises may be trying to tell you there is a problem somewhere that needs to be fixed.
It can be tricky to ascertain the actual issue.
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Garbage disposals have been the workhorse of American kitchens for more than 80 years, but they remain a mystery to many homeowners.
It is estimated that 50 percent of U.S. homes have garbage disposals installed in the kitchen under their sinks.
These electrically powered appliances, located between the sink drain and trap, can chop or shred food and other waste into small enough pieces to then pass through your plumbing system.
Garbage disposals are not only useful but can contribute to sustainability.
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Looking to save money on your energy bills and transform your home into a more sustainable overall space? You might want to look at your plumbing. Specifically, your hot water heater.
While conventional hot water tanks are effective at heating water and dispersing it to all the various household water-using appliances, they’re not very efficient. Nor are they long lasting. Tankless water heaters are an alternative that a growing number of households.
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Hard water is a common problem, but many homeowners still don’t understand what it is or why it’s important. When water is considered hard, it is full of dissolved minerals like calcium, magnesium, and iron. These minerals don’t just make the water taste or smell odd. They also build up on surfaces where water flows or splashes, resulting in deposits that can be hard or impossible to remove. Understanding the many possible negative effects of hard water will be enough to convince you to let us here at Pilot Plumbing fix the problem for you.
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When it comes to hurricane preparedness do not forget your plumbing which can be at risk when a major storm hits.
Houston area residents that lived through Hurricane Harvey in 2017 certainly understand the catastrophic damage that these storms can wreak.
Harvey, a Category 4 hurricane, caused an estimated $125 billion in damage with 30,000 people displaced by flooding and more than 17,000 rescues made.
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Historic low mortgage rates, a rush of first-time home buyers, out-of-state relocations, and trend towards remodel projects during the COVID-19 pandemic has led to a squeeze on building materials in Texas with increased demand and supply shortages.
“The supply channels cannot handle the demand,” Mike Dishberger, CEO of Sandcastle Homes based in Houston and former president of the Greater Houston Builders Association told the Community Impact Newspaper.
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