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Hey there, my name is Russell Tyson. I am going to use this site to educate my readers about services offered by plumbing professionals. When I first started my company, I was unaware of all the necessary plumbing procedures needed to keep the toilets from backing up. My clients often failed to notify me when a toilet started to fail, likely due to embarrassment or a lack of time. Luckily, I was clued into the value of hiring plumbers to perform regular maintenance and repairs on the toilets to keep them in fine shape. I hope to detail those services on this site to inspire others to embrace preventative plumbing procedures.

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What Are Your Choices When You Want Instant Hot Water For Your Shower?

by Charlie Clarke

If you're like most people, you get a little frustrated with the long wait for hot water to appear when you turn on your sink or shower faucets. You are literally paying to watch cold water run down the drains, along with the money that you're paying for the water.

However, there are a few different plumbing upgrades that will allow you to receive hot water at the moment that you turn on a faucet. You'll probably need to call in a residential plumber to install these upgrades, because they are not simple tasks for an amateur plumber.

Adding a Recirculating Hot Water System

These systems require a closed loop of pipe that begins and ends at your hot water heater. Along the length of the loop are connections to all of the hot water fixtures in the home. Each type of recirculating system uses a pump to bring a constant supply of hot water in the loop, which means that you have hot water available the moment that you turn on a faucet.

Integrated recirculating systems have a pump installed beneath the hot water fixture that is farthest away from the water heater tank. An internal thermostat causes the pump to push the cold water along the pipe loop and draw hot water from the tank to that location. Because the pump is located at the farthest point in the loop, all of the nearer fixtures also have access to immediate hot water.

Dedicated recirculating systems provide the same service, but operate in a slightly different manner. A pipe loop and pump are still required, but the pump is installed at a cold water inlet near the bottom of the hot water tank. The pump operates continuously to pull the water in the loop to the tank to be reheated and recirculated. 

Dedicated systems are less energy efficient than integrated systems because of their continuous operation, but either system can be shut off when hot water is not required.

Installing a Tankless Hot Water Heater

These types of heaters supply instant hot water, and save money by using energy only to heat water. Hot water tank systems need energy to keep stored water hot, then recirculating systems to deliver it in a timely manner.

You can choose to have your entire hot water supply delivered by a central tankless unit, or keep the hot water tank and have a smaller unit installed to supply instant hot water for a single bathroom or other area of the home.

Of course, upgrading your plumbing can be a big decision. However, the next time you're standing outside the shower looking at your cell phone while waiting for the water to get hot, you'll probably be typing "plumber near me" into the search bar. For more information, contact companies like Moon Valley Plumbing.

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