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Keeping Your Showers Hot

Who likes a nice, cold bath? How about a good and icy shower? With a few very rare exceptions, most of us do not. In fact, not only is it not the first choice, the majority of us don’t even want to go a day without warm water.

While we don’t think too much about the water heaters in our home, they play an important role in our daily routine and are something that we depend on every day.

The Plumbing Behind Your Beloved Water Heater

waterheaterWhile we obviously all rely on warm showers and baths, many of us also have come to depend on warm water for washing our face and hands. Not only is it more comfortable - especially on cold days - but it’s better for your skin and helps keep your pores and skin healthy.

Given the amount that we depend on water heaters, it’s worth understanding a little bit more about how we get that hot water in the bathroom. If you have a standard, tank water heater, your water heater uses a large storage tank to heat water to have available for your tanks and faucets.

While the heating process is slightly different depending on whether you have an electric or gas water heater, the overall process is pretty much the same: the tank stores hot water that is ready and waiting. In contrast, a tankless water heater provides water “on demand” and simply heats water as you need it. These can provide an endless supply of hot water.

While you don’t see it or deal with it very often (hopefully), without your hot water heater, your bathroom would produce nothing but icy-cold water. For the majority of us, this would result in a dramatic decrease in our quality of life.

Finding the Right System For Mobile Homes

bathroomplumbingNo matter how big or small your home, you can always have access to hot water. This is true even for mobile homes.

While the water heater and its installation is slightly different than traditional homes, it works in pretty much the same way and can ensure that your mobile home has consistent access to hot water.

The primary way that water heaters differ in mobile homes is in size, as they must be smaller to fit. In addition, while the inlets are on the top of a traditional water heater, in mobile homes the cold water inlets are on the side of the water heater.

Further, if you’re using a gas water heater in a mobile home, you’ll likely have the option to use either natural gas or propane, and gas heaters must be sealed combustion.

One important thing to keep in mind is that water heaters in mobile homes must be HUD-approved. In addition, you want to ensure that the water heater has sufficient space, sufficient ventilation and that it’s properly secured to prevent movement.

Where to NOT Find a Water Heater

nodiyThere’s nothing wrong with Home Depot. In fact, we do some shopping there and they have quality products.

That said, whether you’re installing a water heater in a traditional home or a mobile home, we don’t recommend going to Home Depot and installing it yourself.

Having a professional install it will ensure that it’s done safely and properly, which can help prevent damage to your home and protect against dangerous situations. In addition, having a professional do it guarantees tuneups when they are needed. This will ensure that your water heater functions effectively and has a long lifespan.

Everyone’s got a good story to tell about a time that they ran out of hot water. Please share some of those with us so we can all get a good laugh. And, should this happen again anytime soon, call Falcon Plumbing immediately!

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