A hot water re-circulation system draws hot water from your tank type water heater and replaces the cooled off hot water in your hot water pipes with hot water by sending the cooled off “hot” water back to the water heater via the cold water line where it is heated back up.
Think of it this way, when you usually let the cooled off hot water run down the drain until hot water arrives at your faucet or shower (when the cooled off water in your hot water pipes has now been replaced with hot water). With a hot water re-circulation system, the cooled off hot water is just sent back to the water heater (through the cold water line) and very quickly replaced with hot water instead of being dumped down the drain.
New eco-friendly innovative and patented technology known as the “Hot Water Lobster Instant Hot Water Valve” makes installing a hot water re-circulation system a breeze. 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). To save water and save energy, these systems have a temperature-controlled valve that allows the consumer to easily adjust the temperature to meet their particular needs. There is no water waste as it reduces the energy required to heat your water while it provides faster hot water to all of your faucets and showers for better water conservation. Installation is a simple DIY project (no pipe cutting, soldering or electrical connections).
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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Install electrical heating tape (available at home stores) on any pipes that run through areas that get really cold, like garages.
- 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.