Utility Bills In Hot Water?

Water heating is the third largest energy expense in your home. It typically accounts for about 12% of your utility bill. There are four ways to cut your water heating bills: use less hot water, turn down the thermostat on your water heater, insulate your water heater, install simple new technology that reduces your energy cost.

  • Install aerating, low-flow faucets and showerheads.
  • Repair leaky faucets promptly; a leaky faucet wastes gallons of water in a short period of time.
  • Lower the thermostat on your water heater; water heaters sometimes come from the factory with high temperature settings, but a setting of 120°F provides comfortable hot water for most uses.
  • Insulate your electric hot-water storage tank, but be careful not to cover the thermostat. Follow the manufacturer’s recommendations.
  • Insulate your natural gas or oil hot-water storage tank, but be careful not to cover the water heater’s top, bottom, thermostat, or burner compartment. Follow the manufacturer’s recommendations; when in doubt, get professional help.
  • Insulate the first 6 feet of the hot and cold water pipes connected to the water heater.
  • If you are in the market for a new dishwasher or clothes washer, consider buying an efficient, water-saving ENERGY STAR model to reduce hot water use.
  • Install innovative eco-friendly and patented technology is known as the “Hot Water Lobster Instant Hot Water Valve”. It uses your existing water heater and water pipes. The thermal convection generated by your water heater to circulate the water back to your water heater for reheating (not requiring a pump or any electricity). These hot water recirculation systems have a temperature-controlled valve that allows the consumer to easily adjust the temperature to meet their particular needs. To save water and save energy, there is no water waste as it reduces the energy required to heat your water while it provides instant hot water to your faucets and showers for better water conservation. Installation is a simple 15-minute DIY project (no pipe cutting, soldering or electrical connections).
  • Drain a quart of water from your water tank every 3 months to remove sediment that impedes heat transfer and lowers the efficiency of your heater. The type of water tank you have determines the steps to take, so follow the manufacturer’s advice.
  • Although most water heaters last 10–15 years, it’s best to start shopping now for a new one if yours is more than 7 years old. Doing some research before your heater fails will enable you to select one that most appropriately meets your needs.
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Saving Energy Is Getting Easier

Many environmental savvy consumers are learning how to conserve energy – how to make thoughtful choices about ways use less energy. We all realize how important it is to not waste energy.

Using high energy demands at “off peak” times will help in balancing overall power consumption on the electrical distribution grid (so as not to over burden the grid system which may create electrical black out periods).

Don’t leave lights on when no one is in the room. If you are going to be out of the room for more than five minutes, turn off the light. If you know of a light that everyone forgets to turn off, make a sticker or a sign to hang next to the switch that says “Lights Out!” or “Don’t Forget!” Where possible, use fluorescent light bulbs. Those funny-looking bulbs produce the same amount of light by using 1/4 of the electricity. Plus, they last for years and years without burning out.

Turn off the TV when no one is watching it. The same goes for computers, radios and stereos – if no one using it, turn it off. Turn off all the appliances at the surge protector/control strip – that four- or six-plug extension chord that you plug all your computer things into. Some devices, like modems or other networking boxes are drawing small amounts of power all the time.

In warm weather (when using air conditioning), set the thermostat to at least 78 F degrees. (Don’t do this, of course, if it will cause health problems for anyone in your family.) When no one is home, set the thermostat at 85 degrees. That way, you’ll reduce the need for air conditioning and you will save energy. If you have ceiling fans or other fans, turn them on. The blowing air can make you feel 5 degrees cooler, without running the family’s air conditioner. Fans use a lot less electricity than air conditioners!

In cold weather, wear warm clothing and set your thermostat no higher than 68 F degrees (health permitting). When you go to sleep at night, set the thermostat even cooler. When you leave home for an extended time, set the thermostat at 55 degrees. That way, your family can save from 5 percent to 20 percent on your heating costs.

Americans tend to use much more energy than necessary to heat their homes. That accounts for a lot of wasted energy! If you have a fireplace, close the damper when you don’t have a fire burning. An open fireplace damper can let 8 percent of heat from your furnace escape through the chimney! In the summer, an open fireplace damper can let cool air escape. It’s like having a window open!

Make a map of your home, and mark all the windows, heating vents, and outside doors. Take a ribbon and hold it up to the edges of the doors and windows. If the ribbon blows, you’ve found a leak! Seal the leak with caulk or weather stripping.

Think about your curtains. Keeping the curtains closed on cold, cloudy days helps block the cold outside air from getting inside. Also, keeping the curtains closed on very hot days keeps the hot air out!

Turn off your electric blanket when you aren’t in bed.

Wasting water wastes energy. Why? Because the biggest use of electricity in most cities is supplying water and cleaning it up after it’s been used!

About 75 percent of the water we use in our homes is used in the bathroom. Unless you have a low flush toilet, for example, you use about five gallons to seven gallons of water with every flush! A leaky toilet can waste more than 10,000 gallons of water a year.

Drippy faucets are bad, too. A faucet that leaks enough water to fill a soda bottle every 30 minutes will waste 2,192 gallons of water a year.

For better conservation to save energy and save water Hot Water Lobster Instant Hot Water Valves are eco-friendly and designed to eliminate the wait for hot water and conserve that wasted water (which would normally be ran down the drain). Hot water recirculation systems keep a constant supply of hot water in the pipes, circulating the water back to the water heater for reheating. This allows the consumer to have faster hot water whenever it is needed without the wait or waste. This not only saves the energy required to heat ground temperature water (replacing the wasted water down-the-drain), it also saves the average family up to 17,000 gallons of water a year.

Another simple way to save water and energy is to take shorter showers. You’ll use less hot water – and water heaters account for nearly 1/4 of your home’s energy use.

A load of dishes cleaned in a dishwasher uses 37 percent less water than washing dishes by hand! However, if you fill up one side of the sink with soapy water and the other side with rinse water – and if you don’t let the faucet run – you’ll use half as much water as a dishwasher does. Doing the dishes this way can save enough water for a five-minute shower!

If you need to warm up or defrost small amounts of food, use a microwave instead of the stove to save energy. Microwave ovens use around 50 percent less energy than conventional ovens do. For large meals, however, the stove is usually more efficient. In the summer, using a microwave causes less heat in the kitchen, which saves money on air conditioning.

Don’t keep the refrigerator door open any longer than you need to. Close it to keep the cold air inside! Also, make sure the door closes securely. There is a rubber-like seal around the door that you can test. Just close the door on a dollar bill, and then see how easy it is to pull out. If the dollar slides out easily, the door is probably leaking cold air from inside.

Is there an old refrigerator sitting in the garage or someplace else at home? Old refrigerators are real energy hogs! An old refrigerator could be costing your family as much as $120 a year to operate. Remove it or replace it with an energy efficient model…one large refrigerator is cheaper to run than two smaller ones.

Remember saving water saves energy. Use a broom instead of a hose to clean off the driveway, patio or deck – this will save hundreds of gallons of water each year.

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Tips To Prevent Frozen PEX Pipes In Your Home

1. If PEX pipe has not yet been installed, one of the most effective ways to prevent freezing of water would be to run the tubing inside the interior walls rather than exterior.

2. Warm the rooms up a bit to keep the pipes in those rooms from freezing.

3. Insulate your PEX pipes. Insulated pipes resist freezing significantly more than the non-insulated ones.

4. Moving water takes longer to freeze than water that is not moving so allow water to flow from a sink through your plumbing system to keep the pipes from freezing. This option can be very effective, but costly as well. However, new eco-friendly innovative technology offered by the Hot Water Lobster Instant Hot Water Valve is easy to install (not requiring pipe cutting or electrical wiring) and a great pipe freezing prevention aid. Installed at the plumbing fixture at the end of the “at risk plumbing run” (pipes most likely to freeze), will allow water to flow from your water heater-through the existing hot water pipe in the “at risk plumbing run”-to the recirculation valve. From the hot water recirculation valve the water will continue back to the water heater (for reheating)-through the cold water pipe in the “at risk plumbing run”. To save water and save energy, the system contains a sensor, which opens the valve only when the water temperature drops below the adjustable temperature setting. This open loop of water circulation keeps temped water circulating through the “at risk plumbing run” without wasting water while also providing faster hot water to all your fixtures for better water conservation.

5. Seal plumbing areas off from cold exterior air.

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Avoid A Frozen Pipe Disaster This Winter

A frozen pipe can potentially burst and the result can be flooding, damaged carpet and furniture, and possibly even rot and mold. Fortunately, you can avoid these with some simple precautions that will ensure you get through winter safely without any plumbing disasters.

Let’s face it, chances are there’s been one or two times when you have turned down the thermostat and left the house for a few days. The weather was probably late autumn and was looking ok when you left, but then while you were away the weather changed and it shot down to freezing. If you were lucky, you did not come home to a frozen pipe disaster.

A broken pipe can make a huge mess and destroy not only furniture and carpet, but can also cause rot and mold as the water dissipates through the floors and walls. There are a few steps you can take to ensure this doesn’t happen to you. First, insulate exposed pipes – especially the ones under the house. This will not only help you stave off a flooding disaster, but will also save you significant amounts of money in lost heat from the pipes.

If you live in an area where it is frequently below freezing, over the winter, it’s a good idea to empty your irrigation system and hose and coil up your hose and hang it up. Easy enough to empty your hose, but your irrigation system may be more problematic. Some systems have a draining mechanism, and if you know you’re going to have to drain it, this is an important consideration before buying it.

Inside, it is a good idea to always leave a tap dripping slowly (moving water is much harder to freeze that standing water). If you’re going to be away for an extended period of time and the weather will go below freezing, you can also take the extreme measure of draining the water from your pipes. However, new eco-friendly innovative technology offered by the Hot Water Lobster Instant Hot Water Valve is easy to install (not requiring pipe cutting or electrical wiring) and a great pipe freezing prevention aid. Installed at the plumbing fixture at the end of the “at risk plumbing run” (pipes most likely to freeze), will allow water to flow from your water heater-through the existing hot water pipe in the “at risk plumbing run”-to the recirculation valve. From the hot water recirculation valve the water will continue back to the water heater (for reheating)-through the cold water pipe in the “at risk plumbing run”. To save hot water and save energy, the system contains a sensor, which opens the valve only when the water temperature drops below the adjustable temperature setting. This open loop of water circulation keeps temped water circulating through the “at risk plumbing run” without wasting water while also providing faster hot water to all your fixtures for better water conservation.

If your pipes are already frozen, you can use a heater or a hair dryer to warm them. Get buckets and towels ready…the integrity of your pipes could have been compromised by the expanding frozen water and melting the frozen water may reveal leaks in your plumbing.

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Are Your Pipes Likely To Freeze This Winter?

Water has a unique property in that it expands as it freezes. This expansion puts tremendous pressure on whatever is containing it, including metal or plastic pipes. No matter the “strength” of a container, expanding water can cause pipes to break. Pipes that freeze most frequently are those that are exposed to severe cold, like outdoor hose bibs, swimming pool supply lines, water sprinkler lines, and water supply pipes in unheated interior areas like basements and crawl spaces, attics, garages, or kitchen cabinets. Also, pipes that run against exterior walls that have little or no insulation are also subject to freezing.

Pipe freezing is a particular problem in warmer climates where pipes often run through un-insulated or under-insulated attics or crawl spaces. Before the onset of more cold weather, prevent freezing of these water supply lines and pipes by following these recommendations:

1. Drain water from swimming pool and water sprinkler supply lines following the manufacturer’s or installation directions. Do not put antifreeze in these lines unless directed. Antifreeze is environmentally harmful, and is dangerous to humans, pets, wildlife, and landscaping.

2. Remove, drain, and store hoses used outdoors. Close inside valves supplying outdoor hose bibs. Open the outside hose bibs to allow water to drain. Keep the outside valve open so that any water remaining in the pipe can expand without cause the pipe to break.

3. Check around the home for other areas where water supply lines are located and are in unheated areas. Look in the basement, crawl space, attic, garage, and under kitchen and bathroom cabinets. Both hot and cold water pipes in these areas should be insulated. A hot water supply line can freeze just as a cold water supply line can freeze if the water is not running through the pipe and the water temperature in the pipe is cold.

4. Consider installing specific products made to insulate water pipes like a “pipe sleeve” or installing UL-listed “heat tape,” “heat cable,” or similar materials on exposed water pipes. Many products are available at your local building supplies retailer. Pipes should be carefully wrapped, with ends butted tightly and joints wrapped with tape. Follow the manufacturer’s recommendations for installing and using these products.

Take Additional Action During Cold Weather:

1. Keep garage doors closed if there are water supply lines in the garage.

2. Open kitchen and bathroom cabinet doors to allow warmer air to circulate around the pipes. Be sure to move any harmful cleaners and household chemicals up out of the reach of children.

3. When the weather is very cold outside, let the cold water drip from the faucet served by exposed pipes. Running water through the pipe – even at a trickle – helps prevent pipes from freezing because the temperature of the water running through it is above freezing.

4. Keep the thermostat set to the same temperature both during the day and at night. By temporarily suspending the use of lower nighttime temperatures, you may incur a higher heating bill, but you can prevent a much more costly repair job if pipes freeze and burst.

5. If you will be going away during cold weather, leave the heat on in your home, set to a temperature no lower than 55ºF.

To Thaw Frozen Pipes:

If you turn on a faucet and only a trickle comes out, suspect a frozen pipe. Locate the suspected frozen area of the water pipe. Likely places include pipes running against exterior walls or where your water service enters your home through the foundation.

1. Keep the faucet open. As you treat the frozen pipe and the frozen area begins to melt, water will begin to flow through the frozen area. Running water through the pipe will help melt more ice in the pipe.

2. Apply heat to the section of pipe using an electric heating pad wrapped around the pipe, and electric hair dryer, a portable space heater (kept away from flammable materials), or wrapping pipes with towels soaked in hot water. Do not use a blowtorch, kerosene or propane heater, charcoal stove, or other open flame device. A blowtorch can make water in a frozen pipe boil and cause the pipe to explode. All open flames in homes present a serious fire danger, as well as a severe risk of exposure to lethal carbon monoxide.

3. Apply heat until full water pressure is restored. If you are unable to locate the frozen area, if the frozen area is not accessible, or if you can not thaw the pipe, call a licensed plumber.

4. Check all other faucets in your home to find out if you have additional frozen pipes. If one pipe freezes, others may freeze, too.

Future Protection:

1. Consider relocating exposed pipes to provide increased protection from freezing. Pipes can be relocated by a professional if the home is remodeled.

2. Add insulation added to attics, basements, and crawl spaces. Insulation will maintain higher temperatures in these areas.

3. New eco-friendly innovative technology offered by the Hot Water Lobster Instant Hot Water Valve is easy to install (not requiring pipe cutting or electrical wiring) and a great pipe freezing prevention aid. Installed at the plumbing fixture at the end of the “at risk plumbing run” (pipes most likely to freeze), will allow water to flow from your water heater-through the existing hot water pipe in the “at risk plumbing run”-to the recirculation valve. From the hot water recirculation valve the water will continue back to the water heater (for reheating)-through the cold water pipe in the “at risk plumbing run”. To save hot water and save energy, the system contains a sensor, which opens the valve only when the water temperature drops below the adjustable temperature setting. This open loop of water circulation keeps temped water circulating through the “at risk plumbing run” without wasting water while also providing faster hot water to all your fixtures for better water conservation.

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Three of the Easiest Ways To Prevent Pipe Freezing

As the Winter approaches, our homes and properties including our plumbing become subject to exposure of harsh elements. Its these harsh elements and lack of maintenance that usually cause emergencies in our homes. Freezing pipes and related problems are caused by water within the pipe freezing and then expanding inside the pipe, causing it to burst.

Like all emergencies, bursting of frozen pipes rarely come at a convenient time and is usually a disaster we find in the morning after the freezing nights in our robe and slippers, yes even before coffee. Freezing pipes not only cause headaches but usually result in property damage, loss of massive amounts of water (enough to fill a small pool in a day!) and if gone unnoticed mold and mildew creating uninhabitable situations.

The good news is there are a few different ways to help prevent freezing:

1. Insulation of exposed piping:

Using wrapping on exposed piping can reduce the chance of your most exposed piping freezing and bursting. There are many types of wrapping that can be used (usually available at any hardware store).

2. Backflow Prevention Devices:

Backflows are a common place for bursting to occur since they are usually very exposed to the elements. Backflow freeze protection bags are available for a nominal cost.

3. Water Movement:

Any water that can be moved makes freezing in your pipes that much less likely. So waking up to get a glass of water in the middle of the night can actually prevent a bit more than dehydration. Also flushing the toilet can do the same. Some people have had their hose bibs open just enough to get a drip every few seconds and this can help water move continually.

New innovative eco-friendly technology offered by the Hot Water Lobster Instant Hot Water Valve is easy to install (not requiring pipe cutting or electrical wiring) and a great pipe freezing prevention aid. Installed at the plumbing fixture at the end of the “at risk plumbing run” (pipes most likely to freeze), will allow water to flow from your water heater-through the existing hot water pipe in the “at risk plumbing run”-to the recirculation valve. From the hot water recirculation valve the water will continue back to the water heater (for reheating)-through the cold water pipe in the “at risk plumbing run”. To save hot water the system contains a sensor, which only opens the valve when the water temperature drops below the adjustable temperature setting. This open loop of water circulation keeps temped water circulating through the “at risk plumbing run” without wasting water while also providing faster hot water for better water conservation (to save water and save energy).

These are a few different ways your customers can have a little piece of mind this winter and hopefully save money and time! Remember the main ideas are to protect exposed piping and to keep water moving as often as possible.

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Why Chose This New Hot Water Recirculation Valve?

  • ECO-FRIENDLY – REQUIRES NO ELECTRICITY TO OPERATE
  • SAVES TIME / FRUSTRATIONS / NO MORE DRAINING WATER LINES IN WINTER CABINS
  • ALLOWS HOMES OWNERS TO “DIAL DOWN” THEIR THERMOSTATS WHEN NOT AT HOME (REDUCING THE RISK OF PIPES FREEZING) = LOWER HEATING BILLS
  • AIDS IN PROTECTING PIPES HIDDEN IN WALLS, FLOORS, ATTICS, CRAWLSPACES AND ETC. FROM FREEZING
  • EASY DIY INSTALLATION COMPARED TO HEAT TAPE OR PUMP SYSTEMS
  • NO BLOWN-OUT FUSE’S (EVEN WORKS DURING POWER OUTAGES)
  • HIGH ANNUAL WATER SAVINGS (UP TO 17,000 GALLONS PER YEAR FOR THE AVERAGE FAMILY)
  • NO MORE WAITING FOR HOT WATER
  • REDUCED SEPTIC SYSTEM MAINTENANCE / UPKEEP / COST
  • REBATES FROM UTILITY COMPANIES

This new innovative technology offered by the Hot Water Lobster Instant Hot Water Valve is easy to install (not requiring pipe cutting or electrical wiring) and a great pipe freezing prevention aid. Installed at the plumbing fixture at the end of the “at risk plumbing run” (pipes most likely to freeze), will allow water to flow from your water heater-through the existing hot water pipe in the “at risk plumbing run”-to the recirculation valve. From the hot water recirculation valve the water will continue back to the water heater (for reheating)-through the cold water pipe in the “at risk plumbing run”. To save hot water the system contains a sensor, which opens the valve only when the water temperature drops below the adjustable temperature setting. This open loop of hot water recirculation keeps temped water circulating through the “at risk plumbing run” without wasting water while also providing Instant hot water (saving water and saving energy).

How To Prevent Pipes From Freezing

If you’ve ever had the misfortune of having a water pipe freeze and burst, you know first hand about what a devastating impact it can have on your home. The broken pipe itself is actually relatively minor, but the damage caused by the leaking water running through your walls and ceiling can mean a major reconstruction project, requiring replacing drywall, ceilings and maybe even furniture and appliances. Here are some ways to make sure you never have to go through that hassle.

1. Plan ahead and figure out which pipes could potentially freeze. Water pipes running through unheated crawl spaces and pipes running through walls to the outside are prime candidates for freezing.

2. Turn off the water supply lines running to your outside taps before the cold weather arrives. There is usually a shut off valve in the water supply line close to where it goes through the outside wall. Once the water is shut off inside, go outside and open the outside taps as well. This will drain any water remaining in the pipe or in the tap, so there’s nothing to freeze.

3. Check any pipes that run close to outside walls. Put some insulation between the pipe and the wall to help keep the cold away from the pipe.

4. Insulate any pipes that run through unheated crawl spaces. Wrap them with insulation and tape or put preformed pipe sleeve insulation along the pipes, then tape the sleeves in place.

5. Install electrical heating tape (available at home stores) on any pipes that run through areas that get really cold, like garages.

6. OR, simply an innovative and patented technology known as a “temperature controlled hot water recirculating valve” (it’s a breeze to install-no pipe cutting, soldering or electrical connections). It uses your existing water pipes and the thermal convection generated by your water heater to keep water circulating back to your water heater for reheating (not requiring a pump or any electricity). Warm circulating water will not freeze. These systems are temperature-controlled and are easily adjustable to meet your particular temperature needs. There is no water waste and it also reduces the energy required to heat your water while it provides instant hot water to your faucets and showers.

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Prepare Your Plumbing Now Before Freezing Weather Hits Again

There are several simple remedies to keep water pipes from freezing when the weather turns severely cold, as well as several remedies that can be costly.

Here are ways to keep pipes from freezing:

1. Leave the cabinet doors under the kitchen sink open so that the room air can warm the pipes.

2. Place a lamp with a 60-watt bulb in the potential problem area to warm the walls and pipes. Make sure there are no combustible materials near the bulb.

3. With rigid foam insulation, close and seal all foundation vents that are near water pipes.

4. Insulate the foundation walls and the ends of the floor joists with rigid foam insulation.

5. If the crawl access is inside the home, set a fan in the opening to blow warm air from the home to the foundation. Don’t use a fan when the access is in an unheated garage or outside the home.

6. If the water pipes are freezing inside the exterior wall, cut an opening in the wall to expose the pipes to the home’s warm air. Place fiberglass insulation behind the pipes, between the pipes and the home’s exterior wall. The hole in the wall can be covered later with a hinged door or a panel that can be removed during cold spells.

7. Have the home’s exterior walls insulated. Caulk and seal around doors, windows, house faucets and outside outlets.

8. There is also new eco-friendly innovative technology on the market that is easy to install (not requiring pipe cutting or electrical wiring) and a great pipe freezing prevention aid. The Hot Water Lobster Instant Hot Water Valve is a temperature controlled thermal convection powered hot water recirculation valve installed at the plumbing fixture at the end of the “at risk plumbing run” (pipes most likely to freeze), will allow water to flow from your water heater-through the existing hot water pipe in the “at risk plumbing run”-to the recirculation valve. From the hot water recirculation valve the water will continue back to the water heater (for reheating)-through the cold water pipe in the “at risk plumbing run”. To save hot water the system contains a sensor, which opens the valve only when the water temperature drops below the adjustable temperature setting. This open loop of water circulation keeps temped water circulating through the “at risk plumbing run” without wasting water while also providing instant hot water to all your fixtures to save water and save energy.

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Modern Ways To Prevent Pipe Freeze

There are now a number of modern technologies that can be used to help prevent plumbing pipe freezing. Good thing these innovative gadgets were invented, at least homeowners will not have to worry about costly damages caused by ruptured frozen pipes. Ice Loc is one amazing and interesting new product that is getting a lot of great reviews recently (although a little pricey). It is a kind of specialized foam tube that compresses when ice starts to expand. When placed inside the problem pipes, this can help prevent pipe rupturing. This is possible by creating sufficient space within the frozen pipe as the tube compresses thus minimizing the chance of bursting. Another great innovation that can give you an early warning about the possibility of pipe freezing is a product called IP thermostat. This wonderful pipe freezing detection device enables homeowner to control the heat settings of their home via the internet. The device will generate email alarm notifications and critical alerts if the temperature starts dropping near freezing point. Doing so will allow homeowners to promptly avert major damages that can be caused by ruptured frozen plumbing pipes.

New eco-friendly innovative technology offered by the Hot Water Lobster Instant Hot Water Valve is easy to install (not requiring pipe cutting or electrical wiring) and a great pipe freezing prevention aid. Installed at the plumbing fixture at the end of the “at risk plumbing run” (pipes most likely to freeze), will allow water to flow from your water heater-through the existing hot water pipe in the “at risk plumbing run”-to the recirculation valve. From the hot water recirculation valve the water will continue back to the water heater (for reheating)-through the cold water pipe in the “at risk plumbing run”. To save hot water the system contains a sensor, which opens the valve only when the water temperature drops below the adjustable temperature setting. This open loop of water circulation keeps temped water circulating through the “at risk plumbing run” providing water conservation and faster hot water to all your fixtures, which saves water and saves energy.

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Saving Yourself From Frozen Pipes This Winter

In colder climates, there’s always a chance your customer’s pipes could freeze. And frozen pipes may burst, causing serious water damage to the home. Frozen pipes can be inconvenient and a frozen water pipe is prone to bursting, which can cause costly water damage inside the home. Therefore, it’s important to prevent pipes from freezing with a bit of seasonal home maintenance.

Tending to the home’s water pipes should be on every resident’s home winterizing checklist. Consider the following ways to prevent pipes from freezing and bursting during the cold winter months.

Identify Which Pipes that are Likely to Freeze. Certain pipes and certain sections of piping are more likely to freeze than others. Pipes that run along exterior walls of the house are more apt to freeze, particularly in an older home, where the walls may not be insulated.

Pipes that run through attic crawlspaces, garages and the basement are also prone to freezing. Homeowners should also pay attention to the area where the main water supply pipe enters the home, as this area is especially prone to freezing.

It’s also important to remember that hot water pipes can freeze; it’s not just cold water pipes that must be winterized. And the air around the pipe does not need to be 32 degrees or colder; the cold travels up the pipe, allowing the water inside to freeze, causing an ice blockage and a potential pipe burst.

Insulate Water Pipes, Especially Pipes That Are Likely to Freeze. Purchase and install pipe insulation – foam tubes that can be fitted around each pipe inside the home. Pipe insulators will help to keep pipes warm, making it less likely that the pipes will freeze.

In areas that are especially prone to freezing pipes, wrap the pipes with electric heating tape, available at most home supply stores and hardware stores.

For pipes that run along exterior walls, it’s also prudent to place fiberglass insulation between the pipe and the exterior wall for added protection from cold. Extra insulation should be placed around the section of piping at the point where the water supply enters the home, as these pipes tend to freeze at a much faster rate since the cold will travel from the outdoors and along the interior pipes.

On extremely cold days, homeowners should take extra precautions to prevent pipes from freezing. One way to prevent pipes from freezing is to keep the water moving through the pipes. To keep water flowing through pipes to avoid freezing, leave several faucets turned on, with a flow that’s just slightly more than a heavy drip. It’s important to leave several different faucets running, as sections of piping can freeze, cutting off the water supply to entire sections of the home (i.e. the entire second floor). Leaving several faucets running will also pull in more water though the main pipe running into the home – the pipe that is most likely to freeze in many homes.

There is also new eco-friendly innovative technology on the market to prevent pipe freeze that is easy to install (not requiring pipe cutting or electrical wiring) and provides instant hot water. A temperature controlled thermal convection powered hot water recirculation valve installed at the plumbing fixture at the end of the “at risk plumbing run” (pipes most likely to freeze). The Hot Water Lobster Instant Hot Water Valve will allow water to flow from your water heater-through the existing hot water pipe in the “at risk plumbing run”-to the recirculation valve. From the hot water recirculation valve the water will continue back to the water heater (for reheating)-through the cold water pipe in the “at risk plumbing run”. To save hot water the system contains a sensor, which opens the valve only when the water temperature drops below the adjustable temperature setting. This open loop of water circulation keeps temped water circulating through the “at risk plumbing run” without wasting water.

In addition, if a home loses heat for any reason (or in the case of a seasonal home), it’s important to drain the water pipes in the home to prevent the pipes from freezing and bursting. Pipes will burst as a result of the expansion that occurs when water freezes into ice.

Draining the water from a home’s pipes is simple: turn off the home’s water supply using the main valve, usually located at the point where the water supply enters the home. Then, run all of the home’s faucets and showers until the water stops flowing.

Homeowners can also prevent pipes from freezing and bursting by draining the pipes that feed exterior water spigots. Similarly, turn off the valve that supplies water to the outdoor water spigots and open the spigot and let all of the water flow out of the pipes. This should be done in fall, during the home winterizing process.

Prevent Your Pipes From Freezing:

The best solution to preventing your pipes from freezing is to simply install innovative and patented technology known as a “temperature controlled hot water recirculating valve” (is a breeze-no pipe cutting, soldering or electrical connections). It uses your existing water pipes and the thermal convection generated by your water heater to circulate the water back to your water heater for reheating (not requiring a pump or any electricity). These systems are temperature-controlled and are easily adjustable to meet your particular temperature needs. There is no water waste and it also reduces the energy required to heat your water while it provides instant hot water to your faucets and showers. A trickle of water circulating in your pipes will keep your pipes from freezing in most circumstances.

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