Question:  Does BR Supply stock electric tankless water heaters?

 

In addition to gas and electric tank water heaters and gas tankless water heaters, we also stock electric tankless water heaters.  There are several advantages of tankless water heaters.  Heat water instantly where you use it, so you don’t have to waste water waiting for the water to heat up.  Tankless water heaters last longer than any other water heater, lasting over 20 years while other heaters only last 10-15. Water Heater storage tanks can rust but since Eemax water heaters are tankless you have no rust issues over time. Heats water instantly when you want it, instead of having to keep water hot 24/7.  This means no standby heat loss. Tankless water heaters generate instant hot water without a storage tank, but the water flow rate can be lower so get the tankless water heater that can handle your needs.EEM HA018240

With the Eemax HomeAdvantage II line (we currently stock 3 sizes), you can bring home all of the performance and quality that have made Eemax tankless water heaters the proven choice for plumbing professionals around the world.  Eemax tankless water heaters are up to 90% smaller than a water heater tank, letting you put them anywhere you need hot water. You’ll get endless hot water on demand, any time you want it!  HomeAdvantage II’s advanced heating technology gives you hot water faster and more reliably without wasting energy. With its patented self-modulating technology, it only uses the necessary amount of energy to heat the water needed, nothing more. All of these factors come together to create big impact that’s good for you and good for the environment.

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The LavAdvantage line of tankless water heaters by Eemax are the latest innovation in thermostatic water heating technology. Designed to easily replace old flow-controlled heaters in the field, these electric point-of-use units offer you multi-directional mounting, enhanced temperature control, and incredibly efficient heating.

 

 

With the Eemax AutoBooster, homeowners have the opportunity to transform their water heating infrastructure for the better. AutoBooster provides more hot water by getting 45 percent more capacity from a conventional storage tank water heater.  The Eemax AutoBooster installs directly onto the hot water outlet of a tank water heater. AutoBooster senses the temperature of the tank’s outlet and starts heating when the tank’s outlet temperature drops below the AutoBooster’s set activation point.  AutoBooster is not a replacement for ITEM ID: EEM HATB007240your existing water heater – rather, it works with your tank to heat water when your tank alone cannot keep up with demand.  When an AutoBooster is installed on an existing electric water heater tank, there’s no additional electrical infrastructure. Additional wiring may be required for a gas tank installation.

 How does water get into my basement?  Any solutions?

A lot of rain has fallen already in 2019.

When a river comes out of its banks after heavy rain, it can quickly climb beyond flood level and end up on your property. If it reaches your home’s foundation, the pressure can allow the water to seep through the walls and into your home. 

Even if rivers and streams haven't flooded, heavy rainfall that continues over the course of several days can be detrimental to your home. Over time, the ground becomes saturated and it cannot hold any more water, so that water begins to move. Often, it ends up moving around your foundation and into your basement.ITEM ID: MYE MS33V1

Also, your gutter system plays a role in keeping your basement free from water. If your gutters are overflowing, if your downspouts are clogged, or even if your downspouts do not drain the water from your roof appropriately, flooding may occur.

When you install a sump pump, the lowest point in your home becomes the sump pit. We recommend an automatic sump pump, which means the pump motor will trigger via a float mechanism. Once the float arm reaches a certain level, the motor turns on, the pump removes excess water.  Once the float goes back to its normal position, the motor turns off.

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Other items that can be useful in heavy rains are utility hand pumps, mops, mop buckets.  Also, if you own a business, it can be wise to purchase wet floor signs to alert customers of potential hazards.

 

 

 

If you notice during the heavy rain that the water is not moving like it should around your property,  metal or dual-wall corrugated culverts can be installed to help with this problem in ITEM ID:  ADV 10150020-IBDWthe future.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Question:  School is back in session for my three amazing children.  Our entire house is trying to get back into a routine. Could you offer some "Back to School" tips to help us streamline? Thanks so much!

Answer:   I appreciate your desire to improve the operation of your home, and as always, I'm glad to help.  Showering and bathroom time is usually the hardest battle to face.  My first tip is to check that your bath vent fan is working correctly.  Over the years, a bath vent fan will slowly become less effective.  Check yours, and replace if needed.  We sell several different vent fans from Broan, and can order dozens more if you do not find one in our stock.   Broan 688

 

 

 

 

While changing out the bath fan, you might want to upgrade your wall switch as well.  The Leviton 5601-2 is a fresh, easy to clean, and modern switch that is available in white and other colors.  Your new switch and fan will make your bathroom feel like a spa instead of a water closet.

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 School also means more technology and less charge for your many devices.  Now is the perfect time to install a brand new duplex USB charger and tamper resistant outlet. (Leviton T5632-W).  This amazing outlet replaces any existing wall outlet and gives you not only two tamper proof 110v receptacles, but two 110v USB ports ready to charge phones, tablets, or computers.  Change several around the house, and be ready to charge anywhere you need it!  Good Luck with these changes, and have a wonderful school year!

What are some tips for prepping my home for winter?  Thanks!

  • * Check outlets for loose plugs, which can overheat and cause a fire.
  • * If you are frequently resetting circuit breakers, have the circuit inspected by a professional.
  • * Make sure electrical cords are in good condition. Never use tape to fix a damaged electrical cord; instead, you need to replace it.ITEM ID: WAL 714852
  • * Don’t overuse extension cords as they were never meant to be a permanent solution. If you have one or more in continuous use, now’s the perfect time to have more outlets installed.

 

 

 

ITEM ID:  FIR FG250B* Check carbon monoxide detectors and smoke alarms and put in fresh batteries. These are very important detectors to have in a home. A smoke alarm can save lives in a house fire. A carbon monoxide detector can also save lives if a home has oil or gas-burning appliances, like a furnace or water heater.

Have your wood-burning fireplace inspected, cleaned and repaired to prevent chimney fires and carbon monoxide poisoning.

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* Check your outside pipes - Before the weather gets too crazy outside, take a little time to check your outside pipes for any leaks or drips. Disconnect and drain those exterior hoses and store them in a safe area away from freezing temperatures. If hoses are left on, you run the risk of them freezing and expanding, which in turn can lead to damaged interior pipes. You should also add a frost protector to any outdoor fixtures following that.

  • * Garbage Disposals - With all those big holiday meals, our garbage disposals get a lot of extra use throughout the season. No one wants to end up with a clogged sink due to a poorly functioning garbage disposal. Do yourself a favor this season and get a professional to inspect your system sooner than later. This will also allow you to perform upgrades if necessary before the family arrives!

Summer is here! Is your plumbing ready?

Here are some tips for keeping your plumbing in great shape this summer:

Whether your summer fun involves sand and surf, hiking trails or ATVs, it’s a good bet that it comes with an extra dose of dirt at the end of the day. When you're washing up after your adventures, make sure you keep the worst of it out of your drains. They weren't designed to handle large amounts of sand, gravel and mud, and could become clogged or damaged.

  • Playing outside means more dirty clothes. Make sure you check your washing machine hoses for bulges, leaks, and cracks.
    • Be sure to clean out your dryer lint regularly.
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  • Make sure your washing machine has plenty of space around it.
    • Move it about 4 inches from the wall to prevent hose kinking and damage, and don’t leave your home when your machine is running.
  • Also check your ductwork for condensation. This can cause a backup if the drains are not clear. Leaks in seams can also cause condensation.
  • BBQs in the summer can mean lots of food that could end up in your garbage disposal.
    • Be careful what you put down your kitchen disposal after your cookout. Most are not equipped to handle celery, cornhusks, banana peels and other 
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    • Make sure you run cold water at full pressure for 15 seconds before and after you put anything down the disposal to flush it.
    • And NEVER put instant stuffing, potato mixes or similar “just-add-water” foods down the drain. They’ll create an instant clog when you add water.
  • Summer also means TRAVEL!
    • A great way to save money and energy while on your vacation is to turn down the temperature of your water heater and turn up the temperature of your refrigerator.
      • But if you do turn down your refrigerator, make sure you remove highly perishable foods like dairy, produce and meat first.
  • Heavy summer rainfall can overwhelm your gutters and other drainage. If basement flooding is a problem in your home, install a sump pump to collect and dispel the water that collects.
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  • As it goes every season the best defense to ensuring your plumbing systems are running properly is to schedule annual maintenance inspections, and keep on top of your systems before it’s too late, or when you need them most.