Air conditioning is essential for the hot Texas weather. Most of us have had our AC serviced at one time or another. When the AC goes out, we tend to react pretty quickly. Fortunately, an AC failure doesn’t usually cause damage to the home. However, there is one area where AC and plumbing intersect which holds the potential of causing water damage. It is the AC condensate drain. It isn’t something most people pay much attention to until water starts dripping from the ceiling! Read on to discover everything you need to know about AC condensation and how to protect your home from water damage.
Repairing foundation damage can be expensive. Unfortunately, foundation issues are common in North Texas. Most of the houses built directly in the area north of Dallas have a slab foundation. In addition, many of the areas where these houses are located have unstable soil. If the site wasn’t well prepared before the development was built, it can lead to foundation issues years after the home was constructed.
If you find yourself needing foundation repair for your slab home, then you also need to know about how this affects your home’s plumbing systems running underneath the slab. Knowing about this ahead of time will help you make the right decisions, take the right steps in the right order, and not be taken by surprise during the whole process. In this article, we’re going to give a short overview of the stages in foundation repair; discuss how this affects the plumbing; and talk about the water and sewer tests that need to be run before and after the repair.
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A home water heater provides near-instant hot water hot for showers and sinks – but this luxury did not always exist. In this post we will review the most important water heater facts and statistics so you will know exactly how to care for your electric, gas or tankless heater.
20 Stats and Facts about Water Heaters
- About 17% of the energy used in your home goes toward heating your water. (Energy.gov)
- To conserve hot water, you can fix leaks, install low-flow fixtures, and purchase an energy-efficient dishwasher and clothes washer. (Energy.gov)
- In 1889 Edwin Ruud invented the first automatic water heater in Philadelphia (Rudd.com)
- The average person uses 80 to 100 gallons of water per day. (Usgs.gov)
- A leak of one drip per second wastes 1,661 gallons of water and can cost up to $35 per year. (Energy.gov)
- For maximum water efficiency, select a shower head with a flow rate of less than 2.5 gpm (Energy.gov)
- “1.0 gpm”, means that a faucet head will allow water to flow at a maximum of 1.0 gallons per minute (Usgs.gov)
- The largest use of household water is to flush the toilet. (Usgs.gov)
- For every 10ºF reduction in temperature on your water heater, you can save roughly 3%–5% on your water heating costs. (Energy.gov)
- A leak of one drip per second can cost $1 per month (Energy.com)
- 60 drips per minute wastes about 8.64 gallons per day, which is 259 gallons per month, and about 3,153 gallons per year. (Energy.gov)
- Showerheads and faucets that pre-date 1992 can use more than twice as much water as new ones. (Energy.gov)
- You could save $15–$30 on your water heating bill simply by having heat traps installed on your water heater tank. (Energy.gov)
- Low-flow fixtures can give you 25%–60% in water savings. (Energy.gov)
- If it takes less than 20 seconds for your current shower head to fill a gallon, then you could benefit from a low-flow showerhead. (Energy.gov)
- For the best water efficiency, look for a showerhead that has a flow rate of less than 2.5 gpm. (Energy.gov)
- Before water heaters, water was heated over a stove or fire, then transported by hand to bathtubs where it was carefully poured in until the bath was a comfortable temperature. (Waterheaterhub.com)
- During WWII, the water heater industry re-purposed their factories to aid in the war effort or began producing boilers for use in naval vessels. (Waterheaterhub.com)
- Tankless water heaters don’t produce the standby energy losses associated with storage water heaters but provide hot water only as it is needed. (Energy.gov)
- Gas-fired tankless water heaters produce higher flow rates than electric ones. (Energy.gov)
What causes water damage in homes? There are actually a number of things. You probably didn’t know that one of the top causes of catastrophic water damage in homes actually comes from the washing machine hoses. In fact, bursting washing machine hoses are responsible for approximately $150 million per year in flood damage in the United States. Read on to learn why this happens, and how to prevent it from happening in your home.