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Pros and Cons of Tankless Water Heaters

Posted by Ken Flournoy on Sep 13, 2017 4:03:04 PM

Tired of the shower going cold before you finish, or trying to ration the hot water among multiple family members every morning? Perhaps you should consider a tankless water heater.

Rather than keeping a finite amount of heated water in storage, as a traditional water heater does, a tankless heater heats water on demand, by running cold water through a pipe heated with an electric or gas-powered unit.

To determine whether a tankless heater is for you, let’s look at some of the pros and cons for installing this appliance.

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Topics: Water Heaters

Why You Should Consider a Career in the Skilled Trades

Posted by Ken Flournoy on Sep 7, 2017 1:31:00 PM

If you want to have a satisfying career, you have to spend four years in college racking up tons of student debt—right?

Not necessarily.

In fact, in today’s post-Recession economy, it’s the skilled trades—those that require only technical training—that are in the greatest demand, and they often offer a more satisfying (and financially smarter) career path.

Here’s why:

Skilled trades are in high demand

As Mike Rowe (host of the show Dirty Jobs) points out, unemployment for college graduates is extremely high, with many never ending up with jobs in the fields they studied for.

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Topics: Insider

How to Repair a Dripping Tub Faucet

Posted by Ken Flournoy on Aug 30, 2017 4:10:17 PM

Dripping tub faucet driving you crazy? Even if the incessant sound doesn’t keep you up at night, the constant drip can cause staining in your tub, plus waste water—up to 20 gallons a day!

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Topics: Plumbing Hacks, Bathroom

Why you should never pour oil or fats down your sink drain

Posted by Ken Flournoy on Aug 3, 2017 9:56:22 AM

In previous articles, we’ve discussed items that should never go down your kitchen sink or other drains. At the top of this list are fats, oils and greases (sometimes abbreviated as FOG).

What makes these kinds of substances so bad for your plumbing?

Well, in addition to being harmful for the environment (large amounts of oil and grease are very difficult for water treatment plants to remove from the water system), the main issue to worry about is the likelihood of creating very nasty clogs.

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Topics: Kitchen, Drains & Sewers, Garbage Disposals

Cool Off With These Clever Water Tricks

Posted by Ken Flournoy on Jul 20, 2017 9:24:17 AM

Need to keep cool this summer WITHOUT cranking up the AC? Perhaps you’re trying to save money by conserving energy, you’re spending lots of time in the great outdoors, or you’ve been working outside and want relief from the heat now.

One of the best tools for beating the heat quickly is something most of us are blessed to have access to at all times: clean, fresh water.   

Even if you don’t have your own backyard pool, you can still use water tricks to keep you cool around your house and yard:

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Topics: Water

Can I use a higher watt bulb than recommended?

Posted by Admin on Jul 6, 2017 10:18:30 AM

Enjoy this guest article from our sister company Hot Wire Electric in Greenville, South Carolina.

Let’s say you want to brighten up a dark room. You purchase a bright 100-watt incandescent light bulb, but when you go to screw the first bulb into your lamp, you notice it has a warning label that says “Maximum 60 Watts.”

“Well,” you think, “What’s the worst that can happen?”

The short answer: a home fire. And even if the bulb is removed before a fire starts, the overloaded current can do permanent damage to your wiring.

Let’s take a closer look on why this is:

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Topics: Electrical

Do you need a thermal expansion tank for your water heater?

Posted by Ken Flournoy on Jun 22, 2017 9:19:00 AM

Are you tired of your hot water heater always leaking? Do you need to replace yet another heater and can’t figure out what keeps going wrong?

If that’s you, you may need to install a thermal expansion tank.

To clarify, an expansion tank doesn’t increase the amount of hot water your water heater can hold. Instead, it forms a kind of pressure buffer to regulate the water pressure in your pipe system—and this can extend the life of not only your water heater, but your whole plumbing system as well.

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Topics: Water Heaters

Why switch to CFL and LED lightbulbs?

Posted by Ken Flournoy on Jun 8, 2017 8:40:00 AM

Enjoy this guest article from our sister company Hot Wire Electric in Greenville, South Carolina:

Looking for an easy way to save money AND help out the environment? If you haven’t switched your bulbs over from traditional incandescents to newer models, now’s a great time to do it!

You may remember the push about a decade ago to get people to switch over to CFL (compact fluorescent lights) or LED (light-emitting diode) bulbs. Perhaps you even tried them, but were put off by the cost or the color of their light.

The good news is that the technology behind these bulbs has come a long way since they were first introduced, making them less expensive, more efficient, and more aesthetically pleasing.

Here’s what you need to know about CFLs and LEDs in the home:

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What Temperature Should I Set for My Water Heater?

Posted by Admin on May 25, 2017 8:33:44 AM

Your home’s water heater has a maximum temperature setting that controls how hot the water in your faucets may be at any given time. While most of us don’t think about this setting being customizable, it is actually something you can control.

A new water heater is typically preset to a maximum temperature of 140 degrees Fahrenheit. Some say that’s the ideal temperature, while others argue that it’s better to reduce the maximum temperature to 120.

There are two distinct schools of thought on this topic. Let’s take a closer look at them:

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Topics: Plumbing Hacks, Bathroom, Water Heaters

Guest Post: How to Conserve Energy During the Summer

Posted by Ken Flournoy on May 11, 2017 11:14:55 AM

Enjoy this guest article from our sister company Hot Wire Electric in Greenville, South Carolina.

It’s May! Summer will be here before you know it, and we know you'll be working hard to keep your home cool when the temperatures rise.

Interested in keeping your home comfortable without spending a small fortune? Here are some smart tips for keeping your energy bills lower as the heat sets in:

Use Air Conditioning Conservatively

Now, we’re not saying to keep your house uncomfortably warm — we know how hot summers in Greenville can get! Cooling costs can make up a large percentage of your energy bill, so you’ll want to make sure every dollar of that counts.

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Topics: Cooling