Category Archives: Plumbing

hot water pictureSure, you have a water heater, and it gives you hot water.  But that’s just the first step!  Getting that water hot enough, to the faucet soon enough, and lasting long enough, isn’t guaranteed without a little help.  Tankless water heaters, tank boosters, hot water recirculating systems and instant hot water dispensers are just a few of the great products available that can bring warmth to your water and save you money as well.

Tankless Water Heaters Provide Endless Hot Water at Less Cost

tankless water heater photoThe main benefit of a tankless water heater is that you never run out of hot water.  Water enters the heater only when a hot water faucet is turned on somewhere in the home, and is heated as it passes through the heater. As long as you have water, you will never run out of HOT water!

Another benefit of a tankless water heater is efficiency.  Tankless water heaters use energy to heat water only when needed, as opposed to keeping an entire tank of water hot like a traditional, tank-style water heater.

Tankless water heaters also last twice as long as traditional tank-style water heaters, about 20 years as opposed to 10.  Because water is not collected in the system, corrosion is not an issue, so leaks do not force replacement of the water heater.

Maintenance is required approximately once a year to descale the minerals that build up on the heating elements of tankless water heaters.  The harder your water the more often you will need to have the heat exchanger descaled to keep energy usage low and the lifespan of the water heater long.

For more information on the benefits of tankless water heaters, see our blog at https://www.anthonyphc.com/blog/tankless-water-heater-101/.

Tank Boosters Save Hot Water and Prevent Scalding

booster pictureTank boosters are an easy and affordable way to make your traditional tank-style water heater work better.  They work by mixing cold water from the input valve with the heated water that comes out of the hot water valve. This allows your water heater to store water at a higher temperature of 140 degrees and still come out at a desired 120 degrees. Therefore, less hot water needs to be released from the tank, which boosts your tank’s storage capacity.

Tank boosters increase the safety of your water heater, too.  By mixing heated water with cold water, scalding is prevented.  And by allowing water to be stored at 140 degrees rather than 120 degrees, legionella bacteria, which thrives in water temperatures less than 122 degrees, is eliminated.  Legionella bacteria can cause a respiratory illness known as Legionellosis, and a rare but more severe lung infection known as Legionnaires’ disease.

Recirculating Systems Reduce Wait and Prevent Wasted Water

Depending on the distance water has to travel from your water heater through your plumbing pipes, some fixtures may need to run for several minutes before hot water is delivered from the water heater.  If you are tired of waiting for hot water or don’t like the idea of wasting water, then a hot water recirculating system is the answer.

There are several types of recirculating systems, but the principle behind these is simple.  A recirculating pump installed in the plumbing pipes creates a loop that circulates the water in the hot water pipes back into the water heater for reheating, rather than letting this water go down the drain as you wait for warm water. This means that as soon as you open a faucet or turn on a shower, warm water is already present in those pipes.

Instant Hot Water Dispensers Provide Boiling Water on Demand

When installed in your kitchen, an instant hot water dispenser quickly becomes the most popular feature in your home.  Imagine instant hot water for coffee, tea, cocoa or hot cereal without waiting for water to heat in the microwave or boil on the stove.

An instant hot water dispenser is a wonderful timesaver with a multitude of uses.  Homeowners commonly use the near boiling water to clean pots and pans without soaking, loosen jar lids, blanch vegetables, remove wax residue, polish silver, warm baby food or make a quick compress for first aid.

Instant hot water dispensers can also be installed with filters to ensure you are getting the best quality water. But even without filters, the super-heated water kills parasites that might otherwise elude filtration.

Because instant hot water dispensers deliver water at over 200 degrees, safety is an issue that must be considered before installing these devices.

Put Extra Warmth into Your Water by Calling Us Now

Whatever your budget or home needs, we have a solution that will bring warmth to your water and save you money.  Let us help you explore the options!  Call us at A-N-T-H-O-N-Y (268-4669) KS or MO.

Owning and maintaining a house can be a full-time job. We hope that our summer plumbing tips will help you have less hassle in the future. 

You probably anticipated these “chores” when you started the journey of owning a house, and we are here to help you every step of the way.

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Here at Anthony Plumbing, Heating, and Cooling, we take great pride in our plumbing knowledge. We believe that this knowledge should be shared with our customers – because sharing is caring. Today, we wanted to share some of our drain cleaning tips to keep your pipes working like new.

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Plumbing Myths Debunked

Over the years, plumbing technology has evolved. With this evolution, many plumbing myths have been busted. Below, we outline these myths and their true counterparts. In order to educate you and to keep your home safe, we would like to share the plumbing myths that have been busted over the years. 

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Typical well water is at high risk of contaminants such as bacteria/parasites, lead, and sediment.

The first decision you’ll need to make when installing a water filtration system is whether you want one filter to serve the whole house or to install one in select water dispensers. There are pros and cons to both options…

Individual water filters are cheaper if you just want to filter a couple water dispensers as opposed to the whole house. The downside, though, is that only certain sinks or showers will have filtered water and you will have to replace multiple filters every month.

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Your sump pump system is your main line of defense against indoor flooding, but only if it is working! If you have a finished basement, or if you are storing valuables in an unfinished basement, you should take regular steps to ensure that your sump pump system is working.

To be well protected against the devastating financial losses associated with indoor flooding, you need to do the following:

  • Test your sump pump now, before the torrential rains and power outages do it for you, AND
  • Invest in a Battery Back Up Sump Pump if you don’t already have one.

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What is a Water Softener?

A water softener is a system that removes minerals in water that make it ‘hard’, like Calcium and Magnesium. Hard water can cause a scaly buildup on your dishes, pipes, and appliances. It can also create soap scum, clogs, and corroded plumbing. Water softener repair is needed when mineral removal isn’t working at full capacity.

Soft water gives an extra boost to your detergents and makes your soap feel more slippery on your skin. Because of this, it’s recommended that you lower your soap/detergent usage after installing a water softener.

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We realize that your home is flawed. Pipes burst. Faucets drip. Toilets clog. We can send out a Lenexa plumber to take care of all your plumbing needs. Not only do our services come with a satisfaction guarantee, but our technicians can be trusted with your house keys. Enjoy your day and let our specialists handle the problem!

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If you’re looking for Plumber in Olathe, KS, you’ve come to the right place. Not only do our Olathe plumbers provide 24/7 emergency service, but they also have 100 hours of training each year. This ensures you’re getting the best service. In this post, we’ll outline a few of the reasons we get called out for plumbing repair in Olathe and ways you can prevent these issues from happening in the first place. As a company that’s been serving the Kansas City metro for over 50 years, we can tackle any plumbing problem you face.

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When preparing to leave your home for extended spring and summer vacations, one of the smartest things a homeowner can add to their prep list is installation of an indoor flood and water damage prevention system. Indoor water damage is one of the most common reasons people make claims on their home insurance, and repairing the leak and then the damage to walls, floors and furniture is a complicated and time-consuming process. The best way to address indoor flooding is to avoid it altogether.

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