- 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 re-circulation valve. From the hot water re-circulation 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 re-circulation 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.