Plumbing

The Benefits of Installing An Outdoor Faucet

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Apparently, water faucets are quite prevalent in our everyday use. They aid in providing a convenient water supply for any outdoor activity. These taps are usually installed indoors mostly in kitchens and bathrooms, although, currently there are also outdoor faucets commonly placed outside in the backyards or on the walls. The outdoor faucets mainly supply water for landscaping and any other outdoor utility. Since they are placed outside, manufacturers produce them with materials that can withstand rust and any adverse weather condition.

Some of these outdoor faucets include:
. The ball valve tap commonly made from plastic or brass and which has a single hole through it.
. The spigots and hose bibs mostly placed in the backyards and on the outside walls. Both taps have compression valves which regulate the rate of flow of water through them.
. Frost-free faucets commonly used in cold areas, specially made with a long metal pipe extending inside the walls to prevent damages that could arise from the severe weather condition.
. The anti-siphons, usually attached to the outdoor faucets for preventing contaminants from sucking back into the valves of the faucets.

Benefits of installing an outdoor faucet:

1. Having an outdoor water faucet is ideal for cleaning foods such as fish and getting them into the house when they are ready for cooking rather than bringing them inside with the unwanted parts. For instance, in the case of fish, it ensures much of the unpleasant odor is left outside.

2. Having an outdoor faucet is an excellent idea for campsites for general cleaning purposes ( such as washing clothes, kitchenware, chairs, cots among other uses).

3. The presence of an outside tap helps in other cleaning purposes such as car washing or washing your rugs. Washing your car with an ample supply of water makes the task much easier as well as giving you amazing results.

4. Outside taps are also ideal for garden cleaning and maintenance. Activities such as lawn mowing, weeding the flower beds, or attending to your garden is much easier with an outdoor tap and ensures you don’t bring dirt into the house.

5. Outdoor faucets also help you to clean your pets especially the dogs comfortably from outside ensuring no dirt is brought inside unlike when cleaning a pet from inside the house.

These are some of the benefits of having an outside faucet. However, you can consider installing either a hot or cold water tap outside your home depending on the purposes of the installation.

Written by: Suesuzzie

Why You Should Have Your Water Heater Serviced Once A Year

storage tank heater

A water heater is something that people install, then forget about until it stops working properly. The only time we think about it is when our warm water turns cold. While no one can calculate the exact life span of a water heater, a well maintained, high quality water heater can last 9 to 10 years. What if you could extend the life of your water heater by getting it serviced once a year?

Benefits of having your water heater serviced once a year:

1. Increase Efficiency:

If you have heard knocking or banging noises coming from your heater, this is a indication that you need to have your water heater serviced and flushed. Sediment accumulation is very common, and can make your water heater less effective. Sediments, produced by the minerals in the water, settle at the bottom of the water heater, making it hard to generate hot water. Getting your water heater serviced once a year will prevent this. You will get hot water faster and quicker.

2. Lower Electricity Bills:

After your cooling and heating systems, it is your water heater that uses the most energy. Faulty water heaters use more energy to heat water, which will increase your electricity bills. Through yearly maintenance, you can have the highest levels of efficiency, which converts into lower electricity bills.

3. No Costly Breakdowns:

Having your water heater serviced every year, will arrest any mechanical or other issues from developing and causing serious problems in the future. Any corrosion’s, leaks or other issues can be prevented by a yearly maintenance. This will save you a lot of money that you may need to spend on future repairs. It will also allow your system to perform at a 100% efficiency.

4. No Awful Surprises:

No one likes to have a cold shower or have a flood in their house from their damaged water heater. Getting your water heater serviced regularly will prevent these bad surprises.

5. Longer Lifespan:

The better your system is maintained, the longer it will last. That translates into a reduced net cost for you.

6. Hot Water When You Need:

A properly maintained and serviced water heater is one that will meet your daily requirements for hot water. A neglected heater will take longer and longer to produce the required hot water. Your time is wasted.

Water heaters do not have a particular time or season where they are used more. They undergo the same level of stress throughout the year. It does not matter when you schedule your maintenance, as long as it is done every year. Stick to the same time of year and reap the benefits.

 

Written by: sangee_sks