The Benefits of Tankless Water Heaters

Tankless water heaters are becoming the product of choice over the traditional hot water heaters.  Consider the several advantages of a tankless water heater.

Benefits of Tankless Water Heaters

Energy Efficient

tankless water heatersTankless heaters use up less energy as it heats up water only when you turn the faucet or shower on. This means more savings for your household, aside from the fact that you are helping the environment in conserving energy. Imagine needlessly keeping about 50 gallons of water hot in a storage tank versus using heat only as needed. This translates to earth-friendly efficiency. Energy savings will be about 30-50% more.  You also enjoy a steady hot water supply as needed.

Space Saving

Tankless water heaters take up significantly less space than units with tanks, thus you can be more flexible with the installation.  You can install a small water heater in a closet or under a cabinet, nearer to area of usage.

Cleaner, Safer Water

When you use water from a tank, you are using stored water with a possible build-up of scale and rust. This does not have to be the case with a tankless water heater.

Reliable and Durable

Tankless water heaters last much longer by 5-10 years, even more.

As for the disadvantages of a tankless water heater, the main concern is the initial, out-of-the-pocket cost. The tankless types can cost up to three times more. There might also be additional installation costs, like adding a natural gas line for gas heaters or possibly installing additional circuit for electric models.

Considering these costs may be overwhelming, but consider the long-term benefits.  With a traditional storage tank heater, you might have to replace it again in approximately 10 years. This plus the monthly cost add-on to your energy bill by 40% more. Tankless water heaters give significantly more years of use.

If you are considering a tankless water heater, contact us now.

Plumbing Advice from American Air


american-airBasic plumbing knowledge is important for everyone that owns or even rents a house. Oftentimes, unexpected blocks or leaks interrupt the entire water flow of your house. Solving simple plumbing problems is easy if you know how to deal with them. Leave the complicated ones to a professional plumber. 
Small do-it-yourself fixes do not require much time and will save you some money. The following plumbing advice from American Air will help you solve plumbing issues at home.

Plumbing Advice from American Air:

  • Identify Your Drainage Pipes. The first important plumbing need-to-know (whether you own the house or not) is where your drainage pipes are. You need to know all the main and secondary drainage pipes that lead to the different areas of your house. This is necessary so you can identify the root cause of the plumbing problem.
  • Correct Use of the Bathroom. Bathrooms are the most abused areas in any home. It is where major drainage blockages and leaks occur. Many times, people treat their toilet as a garbage disposal. Materials such as toilet paper, paper towels, hygiene pads, cotton balls, diapers, etc. are flushed in the toilet and cause severe clogs, blockages, and breaking of drainage pipes. Ensure that drainage pipes in the bathroom are free of all waste materials.
  • Install Drain Filters. Make sure to use drain filters. These are essential tools to prevent your drains from any clogs or blockages caused by accidental or unavoidable debris and clutter. Always clean the drain filters regularly to prevent any deposits, scum or oil from accumulating. These elements can cause flooding in your bathroom or overflow of water in your sink. They are also major hindrances to having a free-flowing drainage system.
  • Learn how to Use Basic Plumbing Tools. Know what the basic plumbing tools are and have them on hand at home.

Learning to solve small issues at home not only saves you time and money but also makes you confident and highly independent! Remember, however, do not to try your hand at fixing plumbing problems you are not capable of doing. Always seek the advice of a professional plumber if you are unsure about anything.

What You Need to Know About Your Main Water Line

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Clean, fresh water is essential in our daily life. Problems, particularly ones concerning health, can arise without clean water flowing into your home. To ensure that the water flowing into your home is healthy and drinkable; your main water line needs to be in good condition. The water line installed in your home should be very strong and built to last for years. However, no matter how strong the water line is, other factors can cause damage. These include corrosion, tree roots and the type of pipe used depending on how old is your home.

You don’t need to be a plumber to identify if your main water line is defective. Understanding a few basics will help to know if it needs replacing or repaired.

Following are some warning signs to look for:

  • Low water pressure. A drop in water pressure could mean a leaking water line and that you are losing water. Although several factors can cause low water pressure, a leak in the water line is one of them.
  • Discoloration of water. Rust-brown color in your water is another warning sign of a defective main water line. Factors that can cause the water discoloration include soil and dirt entering the water line, which means your water line has cracks and/or corrosion. Poor soil conditions due to high chloride content and low soil resistivity can corrode the pipes from the outside leading to leaks and contamination.
  • Wet areas on your lawn. Wet areas on your lawn, even if it didn’t rain, could mean leaking water underneath the surface of your lawn. This is coming from a crack in your water line. Check this immediately to prevent flooding on your lawn.
  • Increased water bill. An unusual or significant increase in your water bill, although there are no additional consumptions, signifies a problem in your water line. Have this checked to determine it is time to replace or repair your main water line?

 

What can damage your water lines?

  • Extreme weather changes. Extreme weather changes can damage your main water line. A 10-degree change, according to the American Society of Civil Engineers and the Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission, can cause cracks in the water line. This is because the pipes become fragile when the temperature gets below 40oF. Alternatively, the ground freezes if air temperatures are at or below freezing point. It takes one or two days after the freezing temperature before the water line can break because the water temperature requires more time to decrease compared to air temperature.
  • The age of the pipes. Older pipes are prone to cracking. In a study conducted by the Buried Structures Laboratory of Utah State University, they found that almost a quarter of all U.S. water mains are over 50 years old. These pipes are generally made of steel, clay or tile, materials that are susceptible to deterioration or corrosion over time.

 

Being observant and checking for warning signs will help you to know when your water line needs a replacement or repair. Water line repair is something that should be done by the experts. Call the plumbers at American Air if you are experiencing a problem with your main water line.

What NOT to Flush Down Your Toilet

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The toilet is only meant for bodily waste and toilet paper; not any other types of waste or towels should be flushed. Three gallons (about 12 liters) of water is used each time the toilet is flushed. So can you imagine how many gallons or liters of water are wasted if you flush tissue, paper towels, hair, etc. down your toilet? Apart from water wastage- toilet drain blockage can lead to clogged pump stations and sewage backup in neighborhoods and businesses.

Items that Should Not Be Flushed Down the Toilet

Bathroom Wipes. Bathroom wipes or moist towelettes have become a popular accessory in the bathroom. They cause clogs and sewer backups even if they were marked “flushable”. Cleaning wipes and baby wipes should also not be flushed down the toilet.

Paper Towels. Unlike toilet paper, paper towels are thicker and larger. They do not disintegrate quickly like toilet paper so they can clog your toilet requiring the service of an expert plumbing provider.

Cotton Swabs & Cotton Balls. These tiny items can get moist and soggy, but they do not break into pieces causing clogs when they accumulate together, blocking your pipes.

Condoms. Most condoms are made of latex so dispose of these properly instead of flushing them down the toilet. Wrap the condom and wrapper carefully and throw them in the bin.

Pads & Tampons. Although most people know not to flush feminine pads down the toilet, it’s a common misconception that it’s ok to flush tampons. Do not flush them! Because they expand when they get wet, they can quickly clog your sewage pipes. Wrap them instead in toilet paper or the packaging and throw them in the trash can.

Band-aids. Because they’re made from non-biodegradable plastic, throw band-aids in the trash bin to prevent clogging of your pipes and sewage system and to protect the environment.

Dental Floss. Like band-aids, dental floss is non-biodegradable. When dental floss groups together or wraps itself around other items in the pipeline, it can create havoc in your pipes. So remember, toss it in the trash.

Prescription Drugs or Medicines. Do not flush drugs or medicines. These drugs contain certain chemicals that can contaminate the water as well as the source of water.

Hair. Hair is a common thing to see in the bathroom. It clogs the shower, sink, and the toilet plumbing. Hair groups together and produces huge blockages in your plumbing, pipes, and sewer. Remove any hair that you can see in your drains before it washes into the pipes. Throw the hair into the trash bin when cleaning combs, hairbrushes and when combing wet hair.

 

The toilet is not a trash bin. So make sure that every member of your family understands this. Let them understand the damage that can happen if the above items are flushed down your toilet. Insisting on flushing anything down your toilet will soon result in blocked pipes, clogging a pump station and causing a sewage backup for your neighbors, other houses and businesses.

Call American Air to resolve any blockage problems in your sewer lines.

The Benefits of Hiring a Licensed Plumber

Licensed PlumberBroken pipes, clogged drains, and an overflowing toilet are some of the plumbing problems that confront us. During these situations, professional help is better than a DIY job. Will you attempt to fix the problem on your own, or will you hire a licensed plumber?

You may know how to troubleshoot small plumbing problems like a leaking faucet. But that small problem grows into a major problem if it “jimmy rigged” or ignored.

Why Hire an American Air Licensed Plumber?

  • Licensed, Bonded and Insured. You are secure hiring professional plumbers. Plumbers at American Air undergo extensive training on simple and complex repairs. They pass difficult state testing. As licensed plumbers, they are understand the latest plumbing trends and accomplish their tasks with ease and quality. All licensed plumber contractors in the US have property damage and bodily insurance.
  • Experienced. They have been exposed to various plumbing problems. This makes them capable of identifying any kind of plumbing issues before it becomes worse, and they know how to handle these problems.
  • Full Plumbing Services. American Air plumbers offer a variety of plumbing services that include replacements, new constructions, repairs, or remodeling.
  • Provide a Diagnosis and Solutions. Professional plumbers will give you a thorough explanation of the main cause of the problem and offer the best ways to fix it.
  • Latest and Right Plumbing Tools. Licensed plumbers use the most up-to-date tools, so the job is efficiently and correctly performed.
  • Reliable Customer Support. To reach them, just call their customer support and solve your problem quickly.

 

If you have plumbing problems at home, call American Air for professional help from a licensed plumber.