Best Water Saving Shower Heads

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best water saving shower heads
best water saving shower heads

Best Water Saving Shower Heads

When it comes to searching for the best water saving shower heads you will find that not all shower heads are equal and are suited for the standard hot water system that’s in the home. There are many shower heads in the market and quite a few that are able to work with a continuous hot water system, however if you need some info on the best water saving heads for your shower then read on.

Shower heads that save water

When buying a new shower head these days there is a huge push to make it a water saving one. They are a good idea for saving water but depending what type of water heater system you have they can be a pain to. When using water saving shower heads on continuous hot water systems the average water saving head is 7-9 litres a minute. Now lets say your current hotwater service heats 15 litres a minute or there about’s of tankless hot water. The fastest flow rate on the water saver shower head is 9 litres a minute. What this does to the hot water system is makes it surge. Because the water heater heats more water then the shower heads allows to flow through in any one minute the system switches off as the water in the heat exchanger is at temperature. As you keep using the water new cold water enters into the heat exchanger and fires the unit up again. If you have a water storage hot water tank there is no problem there at all.

What to do if your water saving shower head does surge

Now if you do have the trouble of hot water going hot and cold there is a little trick can do. Unfortunately tho this little trick will make the shower head full flow and not a water saving heads anymore. There isn’t any other way.

Remove the head from its location and there should be a little plastic disc where the thread is see below

best water saving shower heads
best water saving shower heads

Remove the disc and install the shower head back into location. Check for leaks and run the shower head. You will find that the hot water will stay at same temperature as the flow rate has increased through the hot water system at correct flow.

Conclusion

When buying water saving shower heads for the home make sure that it suits tankless hot water systems or you will have to remove the water saver then making it a non water saving shower head. Water saving heads are more suited to storage water tanks but can be adapted to continues hot water sytems.

Check out our in-death review here on the WantBa 6 inches Rainfall High Pressure Shower Head

 

 

 

Frost Free Faucet

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Frost Free Faucet

frost free spigot
frost free spigot

Living in a area that is knowing to snow or to have frost through the winter times you need to have a frost free faucet installed. There simple but easy design makes them ideal and lets face it in middle of winter freezing cold. Jump into the car to find the window all frosted up. Jump out of the car and head over to the outdoor faucet, turn the handle and nothing, zip, zero fully frozen. Having a frost free hose bib would have eliminated this problem.

How does a freeze proof faucet tap work

When installing freeze proof faucet taps the main key thing is to make sure that it has fall or grade as we use in the plumbing industry. Fall is when something is laid on a angel parallel to the ground. Well that is how these taps need to be installed. The handle and spout end must sit lower then the stem bottom assembly end or the end that fits to the pipe. See picture below as you can see there is a flange near the spout and handle. That is the only part that is exposed when installed but as you see in the picture where the valve and seat is located at the stem end it will be located inside the wall.

frost free sillcock
frost free sillcock

Now what happens is if the faucet is not on a slant or on a fall towards the spout. After you have finished using the tap water can stay inside the stem. What happens then is freezing cold air enters the stem through the faucet spout and freezers the water that is holding in the stem making it a non frost free hose bib. So very important that it has fall. Some times depending as these faucets come in different lengths that maybe need supporting half way alone the stem but make it on fall still tho.

Repairs are very easy and can always get parts for them. If you live where the weather gets cold in the winter time and you don’t want to get court with pants down on a freezing morning i suggest you install at least one of these taps.

Below is a couple different sizes of frost free faucet as for a idea as they can come in 12″ and upwards in length. Can get them in either brass or chrome and special orders you will get them any color if you are happy to pay. Standard diameter is 1/2″ or 3/4″ thread.

Water Heater Leaking From Bottom

water heater leaking from bottom

Water Heater Leaking From Bottom Of Tank

water heater leaking from bottom
water heater leaking from bottom

Hot water heaters are a great device and we rely on them so much these days for the simplest of things. Over time things wear out and your water heater is no different. A water heater leaking from bottom is not a very good sign and i will explain how and why it has happened.

Water Heater leaking from bottom tell tail signs

With out stating the obvious there will be water around the base of the hot water tank. At the beginning more then likely there could be a ugly brown rusted looking colour water that is coming out of the tank. Over time if not picked up early the water will become clear as its washed all the rusted water out. It can be a small leak at the start but will always get worse.

Simple Checks

If you discover a leak around the base area on your hot water tank we have to determine if its the water tank, water valve or from around the electric element area. There easy checks so lets get into it.

PTR Valve check

On the top third of a electric hot water heater there is a valve called pressure relief valve or ptr valve for short. There will be a copper tail on it. Follow the pipe to the end and see if any water is escaping from there. Now these valves are meant to leak at times when the water tank is heating the water so when checking the ptr valve make sure the tank is not heating creating a false reading. best way i do it is turn the heating source off and wait till it cools down and then check. If water is still leaking then have a faulty valve and needs replacing see here.

Electric Element Check On A Hot Water Storage Tank

Make sure power is off to the element from the fuse box area. Remove the 2 screws that hold the cover plate on and check around where the 4 big black bolt heads are. That is the element and sometimes the element gasket leaks but not very often. Most times if leaking from around this area the flange is rusted out and the whole tank needs replacing. You don’t have to go poking around in there you will tell as soon as you take cover off. If you see water leaking out around the element area when taken the cover off like in the picture.electric element

You can pull the element out if you are that way incline to see if it is the element seal of the tank. Depending on the age of the tank say if its getting around its use by date, rule of thumb 10 yrs or so and of course that all depends water quality it might be better to just replace the hot water storage tank all together.

Water Heater Leaking From Bottom

Now if the water is leaking out from around the base of the tank similar to the picture belowwater heater leaking from bottom then there is no other tests to do and the answer is so easy. Simply its bugged. Non repairable, throw away and get new tank bugged. Sorry for the barer of bad news but there is nothing else can be done for the hot water storage tank. If you leave it as it is and think ok at the moment its a small leak trust me it will get bigger. Another thing is that the hot water storage tank is always heating the water as it will never get to temperature as the water is leaking out costing you even more money.

Conclusion

If the hot water storage tank is leaking from around the base itself then it will need replacing. For a diy person doing a like for like electric hot water heater installation change over is very simple process. If you have any doubt then get a plumber to carry out electric water heater installation for you just for your own safety. If you are going to tackle it yourself then have a look here for a easy walk through process on electric water heater installation.

Electric Water Heater Installation

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Electric Water Heater installation

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electric hot water tank

With a electric hot water heater installation the main key point here is turn the power off. Everything else is really easy if you are just replacing old hws with new same size and type tank where we call it straight change over. I will explain the tips and tools you will need to carry out this job for the diy plumbing handy person.

What You Will Need

You will need some basic plumbing tools for the job so something like

  • An adjustable spanner and multi grips or a like.
  • Plumbers tape or thread tap. White is standard thread tape colour to get
  • New hot water heater tank
  • multi meter to check power
  • Flat blade and star screw driver

Doing The Water Heater Install

Now remember that this is for a straight swap out water heater install no pipe alterations nothing as you wont have all the plumbing tools to alter pipe work etc.

Turn power off and isolate the water to the hws. This can be done at the tank it self or at the main water  meter stop tap. Once that is done drain the water out of the old tank by using a hose on the bottom connection which is the cold water inlet and running the hose to a drain or garden. When you have that soughted remove the top water connection which is the hot water outlet and that will allow air into the tank so will drain faster or open a hot tap or the ptr valve.

Disconnect the electrical wiring and once tank is drained remove it out of the way so can connect new tank. Work out what side the water connections you are going to use as most new hot water tanks have left and right hand connection. Make sure when choosing that you have access to the electric element tho. The new hws will come with 20 mm brass plugs for the other connection ports that you not not using. There is 2 of them. Using the plumbers tape wind tape around the thread like below and going around 16 times

plumbers tape
plumbers tape

Screw the plugs into position and tighten off. Now install the cold water feed pipe to the cold water inlet on the tank which is at the bottom. You may need to remove the old brass nipple off the old tank and use on the new or if like purchase new totally up to you. On all brass threads always go around the thread with plumbers tape at least 16 times. So thread tape up the brass nipple and install into the new tank. Connect the water to the tank and you can start filling the hot water tank. As its filling up do the same to the hot water side of things. Grab the nipple using plumbers tape thread it up and install into the electric hot water tank. Connect the hot water pipe to is and if you have turned the water on you will hear air coming out. That’s a good things as the tank fills it’s pushing the air out. Once you connect the hot water pipe you will have to open a hot tap to let the air out or open the pressure relief valve as you install the relief valve drain back on too.

Next is connect the electrical and wait till tank if full. Full is when all the air is out and you have a constant flow of water coming out of the hot tap or pressure relief valve. When hot water tank is full turn power on to element and check all fittings for any leaks. If you are all happy then you have finished doing your first electric water heater installation

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