Monthly Archives: March 2015

The time for a new water heater is NOW!

There’s never been a better time to have your storage tank type water heater replaced!

SAVE $$$

If you’re even considering a new water heater and/or have the slightest concerns your existing one is “on its last legs” it would do you well to familiarize yourself with some major changes and new efficiency standards scheduled to totally transform the water heater market as we know it.

Cutting through all the “blah blah blah” – this means purchasing a new water heater after April 16th 2015 as required by state and federal authorities will cost you a lot more money! Although more efficient than ever, here are a few reasons why the new heaters are going to cost more:

1) The appliance itself will be more expensive right out of the box.
2) Installation will become more labor intensive.
3) The new units will become larger in size due to increased amounts of insulation. This means in many cases where space is already limited, options will include and are not limited to: completely relocating the appliance, substantial demolition & construction to accommodate the newer larger size and retro-fitting for a tankless model upgrade. The larger size heaters may also require additional manpower to lift and locate the unit.
4) Newer Gas models will require 120 volts in order to operate.  This means not only might you need pluming & mechanical work, but an electrician may need to be summoned to run a new electrical circuit.

All of this means more $$$.

Make no mistake, the new appliances coming are more efficient but not by a large margin compared to today’s already energy efficiency standards, unless viewed in the grand scheme of things. For example; it is estimated by the U.S. Department of Energy that a staggering 63 billion dollars will be saved in energy costs by 2044.  Now zoom in from there and consider what part of that will be your share of the 63 billion over the course of 29 years. Remember, water heaters only last on average 15 years before requiring replacement.  If you’re tracking the numbers – that’s approximately two brand new water heaters for you and your home.

More money spent by consumers on goods and services as described above improves the economy, while less money spent on utility bills conserves precious energy. You see the win-win situation there?

Much like the well-known fact you can get some pretty amazing deals on new automobiles at year’s end by choosing to purchase the 2014 model over the 2015 – the same goes here for water heaters. Suppliers want to unload inventories to make room for the new models.  Not to mention, come April 16th 2015, water heaters non compliant with the new, higher standards will be prohibited.

This is prime-time to take advantage as lower material costs for the contractor means lower prices to the end-user.

From now until April 16th 2015 Sutherland Plumbing, LLC is offering a $125.00 discount on the installation of a new Bradford White 50 gallon gas or electric water heater. This job includes:

– Removal & disposal of old water heater.
– Install new Bradford White 50 gallon gas or electric water heater.
– Earthquake restraints.
– Thermal expansion tank.
– Solid brass and copper fittings (no steel).
– 10 year tank warranty with 2 years parts and labor warranty.
– Required plumbing permit.

Total  Cost = $1580.00
Less Sutherland Plumbing discount offer of -$125.00
Your cost with Sutherland Plumbing = $1455.00

The following link will provide more details about the coming changes.

http://www.bradfordwhite.com/naeca

Call or email us today to schedule an appointment!

All about sink overflow holes…

Stinky sink? Many times my clients complain of a constant, persistent foul odor in their bathroom that’s reminiscent of a “wadded up wet towel left in the bottom of the hamper for a week or two”. Oh, no!

Most all lavatory sinks have what’s called an “overflow”. By design it allows water to flow down the drain – in the event the sink were to fill too high – and not over the top & onto the floor. Unless of course the drain was plugged or slow draining but that’s an entirely different story.  The image below is a common bathroom sink with the overflow in the back of the sink. Some sinks have the overflow hole in the front of the sink – same thing just different design. Often this overflow area can collect foul mildew smelling bacteria. Simply flood the overflow hole with plain white vinegar to kill the bacteria. Use a funnel, or perhaps simply cup your hand as to divert the Vinegar into the hole or just let it glug out of the bottle into the hole. Nothing fancy, remember plain white vinegar is cheap and it’s hard to use too much.  Repeat as needed!

Sink Overflow Hole