Tank hot water heaters
All of the hot water tanks we install are energy efficient, quick recovery water heaters, although gas water heaters are faster recovery than electric water heaters.
A hot water tank full of preheated water that can still be used if the power goes out will feed multiple fixtures at the same time.
Gas tank water heaters will continue to produce hot water during a power outage
Tankless Water Heaters
There are a lot of choices when purchasing a tankless water heater with more coming every day. We have installed many different brands for our customers including Rinnai, Navien, and Rheem. We have certified Rinnai technicians due to the fact that Rinnai requires that every service technician be certified to service their brand of tankless water heaters. We install an average of 2 tankless water heaters a month. Comments from our suppliers lead us to believe that we are one of the most experienced Rinnai tankless water heater installers in the Augusta area. We strongly recommend gas tankless models over electric.
Brittingham Plumbing’s commitment to providing the most efficient and least intrusive service possible is one reason for the outspoken loyalty of our customers. Nowhere is this more apparent than in the way we perform remodel plumbing.
By nature, a remodel can be a complex and trying experience for those who must live among the ongoing improvements. Our technicians and foremen are acutely aware of the impact their work has on residents as well as the efforts of other contractors involved in the project.
Brittingham Plumbing is the local Augusta plumbing contractor with the expertise to handle any plumbing problem in your home. Whether you need help with a simple water leak or a comprehensive repiping project, we will provide you with the knowledge and options to make the best choice. Some reasons to consider replacing your pipes may include:
Rest assured that our technicians will be there to give you an honest picture of your options, not to sell you on a repiping job you don’t need.
Call Brittingham Plumbing at (706) 736-8752 to get a thorough and free assessment from a reputable Augusta plumbing contractor with expertise in sewer and drain cleaning, as well as whole house repiping and building repiping.
There are several easy to do, affordable projects that you can do around your home that can save over 20,000 gallons of water per household each year without changing your current lifestyle. Here are a few that we recommend:
Have a high-efficiency toilet that has an EPA WaterSense label installed in your home.
Older inefficient toilets are responsible for most of the wasted water in homes today. These new High-Efficiency toilets flush with 1.28 gallons per minute or less but still have strong flushing power. Installing one of these toilets can save around 4,000 gallons of water per toilet, per year, for an average family. There are a variety of different High-Efficiency toilet styles to choose from, including the dual flush type that gives you two different flush options, a smaller flush for liquids and a stronger flush for solids, depending on your flushing needs at a particular time. Here is a helpful site you can use to check out which toilets have the EPA WaterSense label: www.epa.gov/WaterSense/pp/find_het.htm. Some other recommendations include:
It would seem that the thing stopping more people from becoming stewards of the environment is the idea that purchasing eco-friendly upgrades for their homes will be costly and mean sacrificing their current lifestyles. That doesn’t have to be the case. Simple things can make a big difference. Remember we can’t live green unless we have water to do it. Make every choice count!
You should absolutely consider it. A tankless water heater is the new way to go. Tankless water heaters provide a high level of performance that meets the needs of nearly all full-time households today, at a time when fuel costs are soaring and conserving energy is more important than ever. We will be the first to tell you that there is a higher cost upfront for the purchase and the installation of a tankless water heater, but we believe the investment is well worth it. You will recover your upfront cost in energy bill savings within a few years. You will be investing in a more energy-efficient product that saves energy, is more environmentally friendly, offers space savings and endless hot water.
Tankless water heaters eliminate the stand-by heat loss of regular hot water heaters by not storing hot water during non-use periods, saving you money to heat your water. This also helps decrease carbon emissions and greenhouse gases. Tankless hot water heaters offer more flexibility within a home, changing as your family changes to offer more or less hot water to meet your household needs. Tankless water heaters also take up a lot less space, last at least twice as long, and offer a higher comfort with a more steady temperature supply than traditional water heaters. Rinnai is one of the leading manufacturers of tankless water heaters and they have a very helpful website with lots of facts. Visit them on the web at: www.foreverhotwater.com
It is more energy efficient than a tank water heater. You have unlimited hot water since the water is heated as it moves through the pipe and it does not require a tank of water to constantly say hot. This is why it is more energy efficient, since the tank does not have to constantly stay hot.
Honesty and trustworthiness. We will always give our customers the same advice and suggestions as we would a member of our own family. Our reputation and your repeat business are important to us. If you feel that you’ve been overcharged or talked into buying something you really didn’t need, you won’t call us again. We have heard so many stories from my customers of other plumbers, right here in Augusta, who have quoted a customer three times or more higher than our price to perform the same service, or customers who have been told that an entire water heater needs replacing when it’s just an inexpensive part that has gone bad.
We don’t give our technicians incentives to try to “up sell” and talk you into services you don’t need, and didn’t call us to do, like so many of our competitors do. If it can be fixed and doesn’t need replacing, we will tell you so. If there is an alternative that will save you money, we will tell you about it. We take pride in our values and honesty. We want to perform the repair or service that you asked us to do, for a fair and reasonable price, and in a timely and professional manner. Our biggest goal is that you will be so pleased with us that you will call us back again and tell all of your friends and family about us.
“If a toilet ball cock goes bad it can create a squealing sound like the whistling you are hearing. A slow leaking fill valve can also make a whistling like sound. Remove the tank lids on all of your toilets and check the ball and fill valve mechanisms to see if they are functioning properly. You may even try adjusting the fill valve yourself. If you find the toilet causing the problem, you will most likely need to have the fill valve or ball cock repaired or replaced by a qualified technician.”
“When a gas water heater gets older it can get a crusty build-up of rust and sand, called sediment, in the bottom of the tank. When the gas tries to heat the water in the tank it creates hydrogen bubbles that can make a very loud rumbling sound as they rise. We have had customers describe this sound as an earthquake inside the water heater. Depending on the age of the water heater you may try having the sediment flushed out or if you have an older water heater and the buildup is severe it may be time for a new hot water heater. We do not recommend trying to flush the water heater yourself as it can be dangerous and messy. If you do drain it yourself remember the water can be very hot. Use a floor drain or laundry tub to drain into. Hot water can crack a toilet and kill grass. Use extreme caution. Your best bet is to have a trained technician inspect the water heater and if appropriate flush out the sediment.”
”Try putting a handful of ice cubes and some small lemon peels into your disposal and run it for a few minutes. The lemon peels will help with the smell and the ice helps to knock off any rotten food debris or residue that may be stuck to the walls of the disposal. We also recommend pouring ½ cup of bleach, diluted with water, down your drain from time to time. The bleach will kill any bacteria that may be growing in your disposal.”
You have to use your drains, from time to time, in between times when you have company. Flush the toilet in that bathroom and run the sinks on a semi-regular basis to keep water in the p-traps. If your p-traps evaporate you will get sewer gas in your home and it is not a pleasant smell. If these do not work, try using the above recipe.