|The Hot Water Lobster
Instant Hot Water Valve
SAVE WATER! At ONLY $179.95, the eco friendly Hot Water Lobster Instant Hot Water Valve provides
faster hot water which saves water, saves energy and saves time. How long does it take for hot water
to get to your faucet or shower? A lot of precious water is wasted down the drain while waiting for hot
water. Even worse is the cost to heat the cold replacement water, which enters your house at the cold
HOW IT WORKS! When the water in your hot water pipe and the Hot Water Lobster control valve cools
below the user adjustable temperature (77-140 F. degrees), the thermal materials within the Hot
Water Lobster control valve contract and silently open the valve. Thermal convection within your hot
water tank naturally circulates the cooled water through your existing cold water pipes and back to
the hot water tank for reheating. Your existing hot water tank now uses less energy reheating the
warm water instead of cold ground temperature water. When fresh hot water enters your hot water
pipe and reaches the Hot Water Lobster control valve, the valve automatically closes. This maintains
hot water at the control valve without wasting water or wasting energy. Turn on your faucet or shower;
and you get instant hot water instead of wasting it down the drain! Installing the Hot Water Lobster
instant hot water control valve at the fixture furthest from your hot water tank (as shown in the
installation diagram) will provide faster hot water to all of the fixtures in your house.
NO ELECTRICITY NECESSARY! The Hot Water Lobster is all mechanical and designed to provide an
electricity free solution to maintain hot water at the tap. This makes installation a snap (in less than
10 minutes). Other hot water solutions require the use of electricity and pumps that make installation
difficult and the pumps are often noisy and wear out in 2-4 years.
MORE HOT WATER! Adds as much as 10% more capacity to your current hot water system (by
keeping the water in your hot water pipes hot!).
KEEP PIPES FROM FREEZING! The Hot Water Lobster instant hot water valve automatically allows
water in your pipes to circulate when the control valve cools below the set temperature (even when
your electricity goes out).
REDUCES CONDENSATION! The Hot Water Lobster instant hot water valve reduces condensation on
pipes and toilets basins.
MAINTENANCE FREE! The Hot Water Lobster has a solid brass valve body with an adjustable thermal
controlled mechanical stainless steel valve stem enclosed in a mounting box.
EASY INSTALLATION! The Hot Water Lobster comes complete with the mounting box, 4 sets of 12"
flexible water lines and standard brass fitting. All pre-assembled and tested for an easy 10-minute
STATISTICS! *A typical family wastes approximately 12,000-17,000 gallons of water annually waiting
for warm water to reach the tap. *as determined by GAMA (Gas Appliance Manufactures Association)
Note: Circulation of water by thermal convection must not be restricted (no check-valves) between the
hot water tank and the Hot Water Lobster Instant Hot Water Valve.
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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
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
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.
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
finsulation 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.