Are Tankless Water Heaters Worth It?

Most homes in the United States are equipped with a tank water heater, but tankless water heaters are on the rise.

Depending on the age of your home, you may be looking at replacing a water heater sometime down the road, as most conventional heaters only last 10-15 years. After looking at your options, you may be wondering whether tankless is the right way to go.

In today’s post, we outline some points to consider so that you can choose the best option for you.

What is the Difference?

First, it is helpful to know what sets a tankless heater apart from a tank heater. A traditional water heater has a large insulated tank, typically holding between 30 to 60 gallons of water. The water is heated and stored to be ready when hot water is needed. These heaters can be fueled by natural gas or electricity and are more common, particularly if you live in an older home. A tankless heater, as the name implies, does not use a tank; rather, water is heated by either a gas burner or electric element as needed. Without the need for a large tank, these heaters can be as small as a suitcase.

How Does it Affect Your Wallet?

The biggest difference you may notice in researching water heaters is the price difference between conventional and tankless heaters. A tank water heater, including installation, will typically fall between $800-$1,500, whereas a tankless water heater with installation runs between $1,000-$3,000. There are several reasons why the tankless or “on-demand” variety cost more. The first is that installation is more time-consuming, in large part due to the venting system of a tankless heater. These units need their own exhaust flue to the exterior and require a bigger gas line than a conventional water heater. The location of the exhaust flue and the gas supply both impact the amount of time to install, as local building codes must be followed.

What are the Benefits of Tankless Water Heaters?

One of the main benefits of an on-demand water heating system is that it is much more energy-efficient than a conventional tank heater. Not only does a tank require a great deal of energy to heat, but it also uses even more energy to keep the water hot so that it is ready when needed. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, on-demand water heaters can be as much as 24-24% more energy efficient than traditional tank heaters.

Another benefit of tankless heaters is that they last 20 years compared to the 10-15 years of a conventional tank heater. So while they are a larger cost upfront for both the unit and the installation, on-demand water heaters can save you a great deal in energy costs over the course of their 20-year lifespan. Because of these energy savings, there may also be federal or local tax credits and incentives you may be eligible for when installing a tankless heater.

Quick Quality Plumbing Can Help

With all these factors in mind, tankless water heaters have a lot of advantages and are worth considering when it comes time to replace your water heating system. You can trust Quick Quality Plumbing to provide excellent service installing your new water heater. Contact us for 24/7 service in Orem, American Fork, Lehi, Provo, and the surrounding Utah County area.

How Big Are Sewer Mains?

How Big Are Sewer Mains

We all have them, running below our homes, performing their duties without fanfare. Sewer mains don’t command our attention until there’s a problem.

Here’s a brief overview of what they are, how big they are, and why you should care.

What is a Sewer Main?

In a sewage system, the main is the principal pipe that carries away liquid and solid waste. In modern-day plumbing, each house or building is connected to a sewage system, with both an input and an output. The water main delivers clean, fresh water to the home, and the sewer main carries the waste back out to the sewer system. Both are pretty important and are easy to forget about until there’s a problem, such as a water main break or a clog.

How Big is a Typical Sewer Main?

As far as size, the minimum is generally 8 inches in diameter, with larger cities having sewer mains as large as 3 to 5 feet in diameter. Residential homes and buildings are connected to this main pipe with smaller sewer lines that usually slope down toward the sewer main. Most sewer lines are between 4 to 6 inches in diameter, likely much smaller than you may have thought. Normal day-to-day usage shouldn’t pose any problems, but it’s easy to see how quickly these pipes could become clogged when the wrong things go down them.

What Not to Do

Regular toilet paper is engineered to break down quickly in water, making it easy to flush away with normal sewage waste. Other items should not be flushed under any circumstances, such as paper towels, feminine hygiene products, and diapers. What you may not know is that even facial tissues should not be put in the toilet, as they do not break down quickly in water. Another huge culprit of sewage mains clogging is flushable wipes. Although touted by the manufacturers as safe for flushing, you’re taking a big risk by putting them into your sewage system. In New York City, enormous clogs made of flushable wipes, cooking fats, and other garbage have been dubbed “Fatbergs.” Yes, they are as disgusting as they sound. Last year they cost the city nearly $20 million in removal costs, all because the wrong things are being put down the drain. They even launched a campaign to educate New Yorkers on the only four things you should put down the drain, the Four P’s: pee, poop, puke, and (toilet) paper.

Why You Should Care

At this point, you might be thinking that this is a problem that doesn’t affect you, but you couldn’t be more wrong. While the city you live in runs and maintains the main sewer line, the homeowner is responsible for all the plumbing running under their house and yard, right up to the property line. This means that if a sewage clog happens in these smaller pipes, the homeowner must repair it. When a clog causes the sewer to back up and wastewater to drain into your home, it’s on you to solve the problem. Besides being a disgusting, smelly mess, this can cause serious health concerns and damage to the home.

Know When to Call Quick Quality Plumbing for Help

If you’ve got a clog, don’t wait for things to get worse. Call a professional plumber to help clear out your sewer mains and restore them to optimal function. Serving all of Utah County, including Lehi, Orem, and Provo, our plumbing technicians at Quick Quality Plumbing are available 24/7 and ready to help get you out of a bind. Contact us today to get your plumbing back into tip-top shape!

 

How Long Do Water Heaters Last?

How Long Do Water Heaters Last?

What’s more enjoyable than a hot shower? Water heaters provide hot water on tap for those soothing showers that have become an everyday luxury.

Like many appliances, though, they won’t last forever, so it’s important to know how long your heater will last.

What Causes a Water Heater to Fail?

When it comes to your water heater, there are two main types: a traditional tank, and “on-demand” or tankless. A conventional tank heater has an anode rod inside the tank that attracts all corrosive particles to itself. Known as electrolysis, this process protects the lining inside the tank. When the anode rod corrodes to the point where it no longer functions, corrosive particles begin to collect on the floor of the tank. Once this happens, the water heater’s days are numbered, and its effectiveness also decreases. This is a big deal since 18% of your home’s energy use comes from water heating. Most traditional tank water heaters will last between 8 to 12 years. While tankless heaters don’t have an anode rod, they also eventually corrode and need to be replaced after about 20 years.

Find out How Old Your Water Heater Is

If you’ve bought a home, you may not know when the water heater was installed. If you’re lucky, the previous owners may be able to tell you, but you can do a little research yourself. You should be able to locate a serial number on your heater, which will be a letter followed by a series of numbers. This is usually found on top of the appliance and shows when it was manufactured. Usually, the letter stands for a month (“A” for January through “L” for December), and the next two numbers represent the year (20 for 2020).

Signs a Heater is Nearing Replacement

One big clue that a water heater is aging is if red or yellow water starts coming out of the faucet. If this happens only from the hot water side, this could mean that the heater is starting to rust and could begin to leak. Another hint that a heater is getting old is rumbling and noise. When sediment falls to the bottom of the tank, the heating and reheating of the particles cause them to harden. These hard pieces rumble and bang against the sides of the tank, signaling a decline in the effectiveness of the water heater.

Hardened sediment can also weaken the metal of the tank, causing tiny holes and small cracks to form. Water can begin to leak from the tank, which is another symptom of an old water heater. If you find water or moisture around the tank, it may be time to replace it. An experienced plumber can help to make sure all fittings and connections to the tank aren’t leaking, and avoid an unnecessary replacement of the water heater.

Quick Quality Plumbing Can Help

Water heaters can be costly, so you want to make sure replacement is absolutely necessary. The expert plumbers at Quick Quality Plumbing can help maintain and troubleshoot your water heater, or replace it when the time comes. We provide service in Orem and the greater Utah County area in Utah and are available 24/7! Contact us today to keep those hot showers running!

Who Pays for a Water Main Break?

Who Pays for a Water Main Break?

Most of us don’t give much thought about where the water from our tap comes from until a water main break or other calamity gives us a wakeup call. 

When a large water pipe like this breaks, it can cause substantial flooding and damage. So, who pays for the repair? Continue reading to find out.

What is a Water Main?

In today’s modern plumbing, a water main is simply the main pipe delivering water from a utility supply to a service area. From there, individual homes will have a supply line that connects the house to the main pipe. 

What Causes Water Mains to Burst?

Water mains are usually buried deep underground, especially in places like Utah that experience cycles of freezing and thawing. In these environments, it’s important for the pipes to be buried under the frost line to limit the amount of expansion due to freezing.

Depending on the year the infrastructure was built, the underground water pipes can be made of various materials. A hundred years ago, they were often made of cast iron. Other common materials include galvanized metal and copper. Over time, cast iron can rust, and other metals can corrode. Sometimes, these pipes can become clogged with rust, eventually causing a break as water pressures build. Yet another factor is soil composition and mineral deposits, which can eat away at pipes. In Utah, there’s a wide range of temperature fluctuation, and the freezing and thawing can cause expansion and settling in the soil, causing pipes to crack and burst.

When a Water Main Break Occurs, Who Pays?

It’s important to note the causes of broken water mains because it can have a big influence on who ends up paying for the damage. Generally, the city or county is responsible for maintaining and repairing the damage to a water main. According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), they should also ensure that proper funds are set aside to cover these repairs with asset management. The homeowner is responsible for any damage or repairs needed on their property, which could mean all pipes up to their property line. That’s why it’s important to call an experienced plumber right away when you notice a leak. Catching a leak early will limit the damage done and keep costs down. 

While the city or county is responsible for the main, you may need to foot the bill for any repairs or damage on your own property, including flooding. In areas where pipes are known to be old and at risk of bursting, the city may have set aside a budget for repairs, so it never hurts to file a claim when a pipe breaks. Keep in mind that most homeowner insurance does not cover flooding. If you live in an area with older pipes, adding a flood policy may not be a bad idea.

Quick Quality Plumbing Can Help

A water main break can happen at any time, day or night. Fortunately, our professionals at Quick Quality Plumbing are available for emergency plumbing issues, 24/7. Contact us today for reliable, efficient service in American Fork, Lehi, Orem, and Provo, Utah.

What is a Gas Tankless Water Heater?

What is a Gas Tankless Water Heater

A gas tankless water heater, also known as an instantaneous water heater, provides hot water only as it’s needed. Fortunately, they don’t generate the standby energy losses common with storage water heaters, which can translate to savings.

In today’s blog, we’ll discuss gas tankless water heaters in-depth so that you can decide if they’re right for you.

Gas Tankless Water Heater Basics 

Tankless water heaters are devices that professionals install in your water line to replace old water heater tanks. Decades ago, homeowners used to heat all their water at once, even if they didn’t need warm water; however, these modern tankless water heaters only heat up water when you need it. When you invest in one of these water heaters, you’ll have access to an unlimited supply of hot water because your tank will never empty.

An expert plumber can install a tankless water heater in place of your old, hot water one. Once you have one of these water heaters, you’ll notice the benefits almost immediately. For instance, when you turn on something that requires hot water, such as your shower, the heating element in your water heater will activate.

What Should I Keep in Mind? 

If you’re a DIY guru, it’s best to leave gas tankless water heater installation to the pros. An experienced plumber can help you decide if your house is a good candidate for these water heaters by taking a look at the following factors:

Power output:

Tankless water heaters are either modulated or full-on and full-off. Full-on and full-off models don’t have a way for you to control power output levels; this means that no matter what the temperature of the incoming water is, your burner will always be 100% turned on when you use hot water.

Conversely, modulated tankless water heaters can base the amount of heat that they generate based on how much water pours in. A professionally installed, calibrated, and modulated tankless water heater will ensure the same temperature water regardless of the amount of water that’s going into the warm water heater.

Flow rate:

Flow rate is a measure of how much warm water your tankless water heater can provide at any moment. Your total flow rate consists of every appliance that you’ll be operating at the same time added together. For instance, if you anticipate running your dishwasher at the exact same time as you’re showering, then you’ll need a water heater that’s capable of providing sufficient hot water to both areas. Fortunately, gas tankless water heaters can provide over eight gallons of hot water per minute.

Energy Factor:

This is another factor that contributes to the efficiency rating of your tankless water heater. After all, the more efficient your water heater is, the less energy and fuel it takes to heat up your water. This factor is determined by standby and cycling losses, as well as recovery efficiency.

Quick Quality Plumbing Can Help


If you’re interested in installing a gas tankless water heater or need to repair a broken one, you can count on Quick Quality Plumbing. Our experts specialize in tankless water heater selection, assistance, and installation.

We serve Utah County and offer 24/7 service. Contact us today.

How Do You Flush Sewer Mains?

How Do You Flush Sewer Mains

There’s never a convenient time for a pipe to stop working, and you’ll need to contact a
professional and get help if you need to flush sewer mains.

Thankfully, the majority of these clogs can be repaired without calling an emergency plumber in
the Utah County area
. However, it’s an entirely different situation if your main sewer line is the
problem.
Continue reading to learn more about flushing your sewer mains.

Signs Your Main Sewer Line May Be Blocked

If your main sewer line is clogged, you’ll start to notice water backing up in peculiar places. For
instance, if you flush your toilet, you might see water come up from the drain in your shower. If
you run your dishwasher, you may find that water is pooling in your sink. If you notice these
problems are occurring, it may be wise to flush your sewer mains.

Is the Problem a Drain Clog or a Main Sewer Line Blockage?

It’s easy to feel upset or overwhelmed when you encounter plumbing issues. Hopefully, the
issue isn’t as big as you think it is. If you only notice problems in one drain, but not others, it’s
likely restricted to that area. However, if you see plumbing issues all over your house, it’s a big
possibility the problem lies within the main sewer line. Since everything is connected to the main
sewer line, if there’s a problem there, it will affect all your drains.

DIY vs. Professional Plumbing

Everyone loves a DIY job; however, when it comes to plumbing, especially when the main
sewer line is involved, it’s best to leave it to the professionals. As far as sewer mains go, fixing it
yourself is a bad idea. Professional plumbers have the tools, knowledge, and experience to
address the issue properly. Save yourself time and money and call a skilled professional first.
While fixing the problem should be left to the pros, there are steps you can take to help before
the plumber arrives:
Clean Up — Before the plumber can fix the issue, you should clean and sanitize the area.
Additionally, make sure everyone stays clear of the contaminated area until you can properly
clean up.
Skip the At-Home Drain Cleaner — At-home drain cleaners rarely work, and they can make
the problem worse! Save your money and skip the at-home drain cleaner altogether.
Turn Off Your Water — Avoid further issues, like water damage, and shut off the water.
Humans are creatures of habit; even when we know the drains aren’t working, we’ll still use
the sink to wash our hands or flush the toilet. Doing these things will only make the problem
worse!

How Does a Plumber Flush Sewer Mains?

Once your plumber knows the reason for the blockage and where it is, they can fix it. They may
use professional tools, like a hydro jetter or an industrial drain snake, to fix smaller problems.
For larger issues, they may have to dig and replace broken pipes or remove tree roots.

Contact Quick Quality Plumbing

Any problems with your main sewer line should be handled by a professional quickly. If you
need to flush sewer mains or require any other plumbing service, call the experts at Quick
Quality Plumbing. We’re Utah County’s most reliable and efficient plumbers.
Our experienced plumbers are on call 24/7 and are ready to respond to any plumbing
emergency you may encounter. Contact us today!