Is a Tankless Water Heater a Smart Investment for Your Home?

Although tankless water heaters can be expensive to install, they pay for themselves over time. When you switch to a tankless water heater, you save on utilities each month. That’s just one reason why more families are switching to tankless water heaters. Let’s take a closer look:

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1. To save money

In today’s economy, who doesn’t want to save money when possible? Again, although tankless water heaters are more costly to set up, they can save you up to 50 percent on your monthly water heating bill. Over time, that certainly adds up!

2. To get more hot water

One of the best things about tankless water heaters is that they offer a virtually endless hot water supply. Tankless water heaters heat water as it flows, so you don’t have to wait for an entire tank to heat up. Imagine not having to wait for water to heat back up after a long shower, load of laundry or dishwasher cycle?

3. To make space

Tankless water heaters typically aren’t much bigger than a large suitcase. If you’re looking to open up the room that stores your water heater, then this is a great choice.

Additionally, tankless water heaters are small – requiring a mere fraction of the space required for a conventional water heater with tank.  This is a great feature if you live in a small home or want to create additional storage space in your garage or attic.

Call (281) 351-6661 or contact us online for a free water heater inspection or to discuss your options for an affordable and dependable hot water heater professionally installed anywhere in Houston by a licensed Daniels Plumbing professional.

Call (281) 351-6661 to get a free water heater inspection anywhere in the Houston Metro area.

We will evaluate your water heater’s condition, recommend the best solution, and provide a free quote.  All Daniels Plumbing technicians are licensed plumbers.

Get $50 off your tankless water heater installation.

Quick Plumbing Fixes all Homeowners Should Know!

Being a homeowner involves a ton of responsibilities – there’s lawn care, heating and cooling needs, cable and electric, and of course, your plumbing. But it isn’t as easy as just knowing basic information about each; you should also know what to do in the event that anything starts to act up. Specifically looking at the plumbing side of things, below are a few quick fixes we believe all homeowners must know.

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How To Fix A Running Toilet

Running toilets can be a noisy nightmare! To minimize the hissing you hear, first turn off the shut-off valve connected to your toilet. Then, take out the rubber flapper from the flush valve that is found inside the tank and check for any damage. Next, take a look at the float chain and make sure that the float is sitting at the same height of your water level. If it isn’t, adjust it appropriately! Should this fail to solve the problem, you may need to install a new flapper all together.

How To Fix Leaky Shut-Off Valves

Faulty valves can turn into a huge problem for homeowners, so fix them before it’s too late! To start, close off the water supply that leads to the valve that is leaking. Once this is complete, use a wrench to loosen the bonnet nut found on the questionable valve. After, pull the nut back so that you can clearly see the valve’s threaded spindle and wrap some Teflon packaging around it. The last step is to simply tighten the nut back in place and turn the water-supply back on.

How To Clear A Clogged Tub

Clogged bathtub drains can wreak havoc in your home, especially when more than one person needs to get into the bathroom! To solve the problem, completely remove the overflow plate found at the end of the tub, including stoppers and any linkage rods. Then, send a drain snake through the opening, make sure it’s secure, then turn the handle to push it further down the drain. After you’ve done this two or three times, turn on the water to see if there is any improvement – as the water is running, continue to snake out the drain to completely clear the clog.

Why Choose Daniels Plumbing?

Family owned since 1986, Daniels Plumbing works hard to provide The Woodlands, Tomball, Spring, Cypress, Kingwood, and the Houston metro area with professional, high-quality plumbing services for both residential and commercial clients.

With over 25 years of experience, we work hard to consistently provide you with licensed, master plumbers performing the highest quality work at an affordable price, while providing the best in customer service.

You’ll quickly see that Daniels Plumbing is the most affordable, high quality, plumbing service in the area. Regardless of the size of the project, a licensed Daniels Plumbing professional will show up on time, diagnose the problem, provide a free estimate, and with your approval will get started fixing your problem immediately.

If you are looking for a plumber in The Woodlands, Tomball, Spring or surrounding areas call us at (281) 351-6661 or contact us online to get your plumbing problem taken care of quickly. We have 24 hour service 7 days a week and there are no special charges for after- hours calls.

It’s Back to School Time in Houston? Is Your Plumbing Ready?

That’s right, the first day of school is right around the corner, and that means earlier wake times, making sure all the homework is done, and of course that morning race to be the first to the bathroom.

Morning and evening routines can be stressful, especially as parents & kids try to get back into the swing of things and back to the hectic routine of rushing around trying to get the kids bathed, dressed in new school clothes and fed breakfast. The last thing anyone wants to deal with is plumbing problems.

With the entire family getting ready for school and work at once, your plumbing system needs to be prepared.  This is not the time for back-ups, low water pressure, no hot water or a faucet leak.

Some easy ideas to be sure your home and plumbing is ready for going back to school:

  • Check your water pressure and be sure it is running at normal pressure.
  • Check your faucets. Are they all functioning properly with no leaks?
  • Set a shower schedule for everyone in the family and stick to it. You may even want to split up the showers between night time showers and morning showers. Plus night time showers are likely less expensive, with utility companies charging off-peak rates in the evening.
  • Inspect your garbage disposal for clogged drains and leaking pipes.
  • Always wash your clothing in full loads.
  • Check your clothes washer and dryer and be sure they are operating at normal capacity with no broken or leaking pipes.
  • Inspect your water heater, to be sure you have hot water for showers as well as the clothes washer and dishwasher.
  • Check your toilet to be sure it is flushing properly. There is nothing worse than a flooded bathroom with an overflowing toilet as you are trying to get out of the house.

These tips are good rules of thumb all year around, but during the back-to-school season it seems we are less aware of them because we are caught up in the need to stay on schedule. Make these tips a priority to keep everyone in your home safe and on time.

Whatever you think you may need, call Daniels Plumbing  for any plumbing improvements you think may make your life easier. Paying attention to the little things now will save you a world of problems in the future.  Family owned since 1986, Daniels Plumbing works hard to provide The Woodlands, Tomball, Spring, Cypress, Kingwood, and the Houston metro area with professional, high-quality plumbing services for both residential and commercial clients.

Keeping Up with Your Water Heater Maintenance

Your water heater may be one of the appliances in your home you take for granted — until it stops working and you wind up in a chilly shower. The hot water heater comes about as close to being maintenance-free as any household appliance. Once it is properly installed and set to the right temperature, very little is required to keep it functioning efficiently for a long time. However, there are a few steps you should take to prevent leaks and to ensure your water heater maintains it’s efficiency.

  1. Make sure that you turn off the heater. It does not matter whether your water heater is gas or electric make sure to turn off the heater the night before. If for some reason you cannot turn off your heater the night before, turn it off at least 30 minutes before you start maintenance.
  2. Inspect the water heater for any leaks. To spot leaks, use a mix of warm water and dish soap. Once you have the solution ready, apply it on the pipes and joints of your water heater while looking out for bubbles. If you see any bubbles after applying the solution, it means that your water heater has leaks.
  3. Make sure to check all the valves. Check the temperature and pressure valves of your water heater before you start maintenance work. Lift the lever slowly until you hear the sound of water flowing into the drain tube.
  4. Make sure to drain the water of your water heater. You can drain the water by closing the incoming water valve and connecting a hose to the drain valve. Once you do the two mentioned tasks, you can let the water from your heater drain. Make sure to open a hot water faucet in your house for proper air circulation.
  5. Once you have drained the water, make sure to remove any buildup that remains. To find any buildup left behind after draining, find the clean hole and use a torch to peer inside. Locate any soot, dust, or sediment that may have accumulated or left behind after draining. Once you find any sediment, soot, or dust, use hot water to remove them.
  6. Once you have removed the buildup, make sure to refill the water heater. Close all of the valves and turn on the water to refill the heater.
  7. Lower the temperature. Reducing the temperature of your water heater helps you conserve energy.

Water heater maintenance is easy, so be sure to perform this routine upkeep to maintain the valve functioning effectively too! If you have other serious troubles throughout this water heater upkeep process we highly suggest you to contact a water heater expert. Call (281) 351-6661 to get a free water heater inspection by a licensed Daniels Plumbing professional anywhere in the Houston area.  We will evaluate your water heater’s condition, recommend the best solution, and provide a free quote.  All Daniels Plumbing technicians are licensed professionals.

Want Endless Hot Water? Invest in a Tankless Water Heater!

There are a number of good reasons why you should invest in a tankless electric water heater for your home. If you are tired of high gas bills, bulky water heater tanks taking up much needed space or the daily family feuds that erupt over someone using up all the hot water then not only do you need a stress free vacation, but also a tankless electric water heater.

Before we begin breaking down the reasons why you need a tankless electric water heater let’s make things a little easier by explaining exactly what it is and how it works. A tankless electric water heater, surprisingly enough, is exactly what it sounds like – a water heating unit that only provides hot water as and when it is required and does not warm or store heated water through the use of a tank. The way tankless electric water heaters work is by activating a set of coils when the unit is turned on. As water moves over these coils it is heated. The temperature set on the control determines how hot the coils should get and how quickly the water moves across the coils.

Now that you know the basics about what tankless electric water heaters are and how they work, let’s look into the reasons that make them a good investment for a home that needs hot water!

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Reason 1: Cost One of the biggest draw cards of investing in a tankless electric water heater is the cost factor. Although some people are concerned over the initial outlay when purchasing a water heater, what needs to be understood is how much will be save on a monthly gas or electric bill. First up, if you are currently using gas to heat your water you can immediately subtract the cost of heating your water from your gas bill when you switch to electric heating. The next big saver is based on the efficiency of tankless electric water heaters. If you use around 41 gallons of hot water per day you will you can expect that a tankless electric water heater will be approximately 24%–34% more energy efficient than conventional water heaters. Furthermore, if you install a tankless electric water heater at each hot water outlet you can expect an energy saving of up to 50%.

Reason 2: Effectiveness The next big attraction of a tankless electric water heater is their effectiveness in providing a constant supply of hot water. Although there is an initial delay to receiving the hot water when you turn on the tap, it is only momentary. Once your hot water is flowing, however, you no longer need to be concerned about using up all the hot water before the next person needs it. While this may not seem like a problem in a single person home, for those of you who live in a home of 2 or more people you will appreciate this factor as there will be no more fighting to get to the shower first or getting the blame for being the hot water glutton.

Reason 3: Space When you consider that conventional water heaters generally store between 30 Gal. – 60 Gal. of water, you can’t help wonder where all that water is kept. The answer is simple – a very big tank. The problem with a very big tank is where do you keep it?  No matter where you put your water tank – in a corner, in the attic or in the basement – wouldn’t you rather have the extra floor space? Tankless water heaters do not have a tank, therefore free up a large amount of space for you to use. While we have heard many people complain about their bulky water tanks we have never heard anyone complain about having extra space at their disposal.

These are our top three reasons why you should invest in a tankless electric water heater, however if you would like to find out more about our water heaters please do not hesitate to contact Daniels Plumbing for professional, reliable advice.

Call (281) 351-6661 or contact us online for a free water heater inspection or to discuss your options for an affordable and dependable hot water heater professionally installed anywhere in Houston by a licensed Daniels Plumbing professional.

Use these Plumbing Tips to Save Money!

When it comes to your home’s plumbing system, you want to make sure that everything is in top shape and working as well as it possibly can. If you are not careful, you could end up wasting hundreds of gallons of  water each year on highly preventable situations – such as leaks – that
will be very costly. Your plumbing makes up the core of your home. It transports water, an essential resource, and also makes sure that waste makes its way out of your home. However, plumbing systems do not keep themselves healthy and issue-free: homeowners like you do. Even if you are not the most handy do-it-yourselfer, there are certain steps that you can take in order to make sure that everything is running as smoothly as possible. You do not have to break the bank in order to have a top-notch plumbing system. We have compiled a list of plumbing tips that can help you save oodles of money and time.

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Regular Maintenance

The best way to save money on expensive plumbing repairs is to avoid serious issues with routine maintenance. You can inspect your plumbing on a monthly basis by looking under your sinks and in your shower for leaks, drips, cracks, water pressure issues, slow drains, and temperature problems. Once identified, get to work on fixing them! Fixing plumbing issues when we notice them makes maintenance so vital. A small crack that barely leaks, when repaired, will not turn into a huge crack that leaks profusely and floods your home. Daniels Plumbing is ready to help you correct small issues before they turn into big money pits.

Lower the Temperature on Your Water Heater to 120 Degrees

Turn down the temperature on your water heater to save 4% of your energy cost per each 10 degrees that you lower the thermostat. Even better, be sure to use the “vacation setting,” if you have one, on your water heater to keep from heating water unnecessarily during your absence.

Use The Auto Shutoff On Your Washing Machine

Often, the drain hose from your washing machine can dislodge from the drainage pipe, causing a massive flood almost immediately. Want to avoid this scenario? Your Washing Machine Flood Detector Auto Shutoff will sound an alarm automatically when even a small amount of water hits the floor and will turn off the washing machine to prevent further, damaging leaks. If your current model is not equipped with an Auto Shutoff, consider investing in a new model. Our experts at Daniels Plumbing can recommend great washing machines and help you install them as well!

Invest in a Low-Consumption Toilet

How much water does your household flush down the toilet each day? Too much! You lose gallons of water every time you press that small lever, so consider replacing your current toilet with a new, low-consumption model. Doing so could mean big financial savings in your home-owning future.

Saving money where you can is a smart move for all homeowners and helps you put those funds into family vacations, retirement funds, and all the other aspects of your life that bring enjoyment and stability. Looking for more tips? Give us a call at Daniels Plumbing, serving Tomball, The Woodlands and the Greater Houston Area! We’re always ready to listen to your concerns and share our expertise!

How Can Tankless Water Heaters Decrease Your Monthly Bills?

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Tankless water heaters, or demand type water heaters, save money on energy costs. This is because they provide hot water on an as needed basis. There is no extra cost of storing water such as with traditional water heaters. These expenses are referred to as stand-by losses.

The way tankless water heaters work is that when you turn on the hot water, cold water runs through a pipe to the unit. Depending on energy choices, either a gas burner or electric element heats up the cold water. There is no waiting to any tank to fill. Hot water becomes instantly available. By this fact alone, money is saved by not running water to wait for it to turn warm or hot.

How much that can be saved by using tankless water heaters, depends on the amount of water used on a daily basis. Is less than 41 gallons of hot water is used per day, this can make the heater be up to 34% more efficient. This is in comparison to traditional storage tank water heaters. If a home uses up to 86 gallons of hot water per day, energy-saving percentage drops anywhere from 8 to 14%. In order to achieve a greater efficiency rating, possibly up to 50%, a person could install a tankless water heater at each outlet for hot water. With this option, the average family could save up to $100 per year and sometimes more.

It does make a difference if you use electric or gas as your heating choice. Electric water heaters usually cost about $40-$80 per year in energy costs. Gas tankless heaters usually run about $50-$100 per year in energy costs.

While purchasing a tankless water heater can cost two to four times more, long-term savings is often the deciding factor. With a 20 year or greater life expectancy, easy to replace parts, and lower energy costs, the savings tend to make up for the initial output. Traditional water heaters tend to last about 10 to 15 years, usually expiring due to corrosion.

Call (281) 351-6661 or contact us online for a free water heater inspection or to discuss your options for an affordable and dependable hot water heater professionally installed anywhere in Tomball, The Woodlands, Conroe or any of the Houston Area by a licensed Daniels Plumbing professional.

What to Do in a Plumbing Emergency!

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Despite the fact that all modern homeowners have plumbing systems,  most don’t know much about how they work. Whenever a problem arises, many people are at a loss for what to do. Here are a few basic steps to take in the event of a plumbing emergency:

Locate the Problem

If you suddenly notice water pooling in your home, it’s important to locate the source of the leak as quickly as you can. Consider marking off the problem area so your plumber can more quickly understand what to fix.

Shut off the Main Water Supply

As soon as you locate the problem, you should turn off your home’s water supply. The shutoff valve should be located either in your laundry room or outside next to the street. The earlier you turn off the water, the less water damage you’ll have to deal with.

Call a Plumber

Though you may feel obligated to fix your own plumbing problem, there’s a chance that you could cause more damage. In order to achieve a permanent fix, you should call a plumber as soon as possible. Even if you first notice the leak at 3 am, a 24-hour plumber can help you.

Soak up Excess Water

If water is left standing for too long, it could cause serious damage to your home. While you wait for the plumber, you should attempt to soak up some of the water—unless you’re dealing with raw sewage, which can contain dangerous pathogens.

If you ever experience a plumbing emergency, contact Daniels Plumbing immediately—we offer 24/7 service for your convenience. Even if you don’t have an urgent plumbing issue, we’ll be happy to take a look at your system and fix any problem areas. For more information, call us today at (281) 351-6661.

We are Hiring Licensed Plumbers!

Daniels Plumbing is looking to hire full-time, Licensed Service Plumbers that can help us keep up with our service demand.

If you’re looking for a positive work environment, a friendly staff, great pay, and room to grow, Daniels Plumbing is looking for you.

Benefits

  • Flexible scheduling
  • Great wages
  • Health Benefits
  • Retirement Plans
  • Continuing education
  • Plenty of room for growth
  • Assigned service vehicle and gas card
  • Cell phone allowance
  • Holidays off
  • Company Uniforms

Requirements

  • Must have a valid driver’s license
  • Plumbing License
  • Plumbing Experience

Please email us your resume at info@danielsplumbing.com or contact us at 281-351-6661

Family owned since 1986, Daniels Plumbing works hard to provide The Woodlands, Tomball, Spring, Cypress, Kingwood, and the Houston metro area with professional, high-quality plumbing services for both residential and commercial clients.

Conserving Water During the Summer Heat

Saving water is particularly important during the summer, when the days are hot and the rainfall sporadic at best. With much of the country in a heat wave this summer, our plumbing is taking a toll in over use. Watering the lawns, longer cool showers, running the taps for cold glasses of water. If you want to cut your water bills or just do your part to conserve a precious resource, here are a few smart tips to reduce water usage around the house.

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-Use a bowl in the sink when washing fruit, vegetables or dishes. You can then use   the waste water to water your plants.

-Fill a jug of water and put it in the fridge for when you want a cool drink.

-Turn off the tap when you clean your teeth. A running tap uses more than two gallons of water a minute.

-Wait until you have a full load before using your washing machine or your dishwasher. Some new washing machines use less than a gallon of water for each pound of clothes, while modern dishwashers can use as little as two to three gallons of water a cycle.

-If possible, take a shower instead of a bath. A five-minute shower uses about ten gallons of water. This is about half the volume of a standard bath.

-Use a water-saving device in your toilet cistern. Depending on the size of your cistern, you could save about half a gallon each time you flush the toilet.

-Using a watering can in the garden instead of a sprinkler or hose. Garden sprinklers and hoses left running can use about 150 to 200 gallons of water an hour.

-Think about collecting rainwater off your roof. Using rainwater in the garden reduces the amount of treated water you use.

-Check your property regularly for leaks on your internal plumbing.

For more information on how to conserve water and save money, give us a call at 281.351.6661 and we would be more than happy to help!

Family owned since 1986, Daniels Plumbing works hard to provide The Woodlands, Tomball, Spring, Cypress, Kingwood, and the Houston metro area with professional, high-quality plumbing services for both residential and commercial clients.

With over 25 years of experience, we work hard to consistently provide you with licensed, master plumbers performing the highest quality work at an affordable price, while providing the best in customer service.

You’ll quickly see that Daniels Plumbing is the most affordable, high quality, plumbing service in the area. Regardless of the size of the project, a licensed Daniels Plumbing professional will show up on time, diagnose the problem, provide a free estimate, and with your approval will get started fixing your problem immediately.

If you are looking for a plumber in The Woodlands, Tomball, Spring or surrounding areas call us at (281) 351-6661 or contact us online to get your plumbing problem taken care of quickly. We have 24 hour service 7 days a week and there are no special charges for after- hours calls.