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Lutz Plumbing’s Loyalty Club Helps to Prevent Major Plumbing Leaks

June 14th, 2019

When it comes to plumbing, the old adage “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure,” is very true.

Water leaks waste water and money. Additionally, they will typically develop into a bigger problem that will cause more extensive damage. Checking your plumbing for leaks or other potential problems should be one of your most important routines. Below we will discuss the cost of leaks in the long run and what you should do if you discover a leak.

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Household Leaks

There are many possible places in the home from which leaks can develop. These include:

  • Toilet (internal and external)
  • Sink
  • Water Heater
  • Washing machine
  • Pipes that are behind the wall

These leaks can cause very little damage or major damage that will necessitate extensive repairs. However, even small leaks should not be ignored. They can be the first sign of a major problem to come. Most of these leaks, if left unaddressed, will cause mold which can cause major health problems and is expensive to remove.

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4 Benefits of Tankless Water Heaters

May 28th, 2019

Whether taking a shower, washing your hands, or cooking, your water heater makes these everyday activities possible. As a homeowner trying to cut costs, you may want to save on bills as much as possible, and your energy (or gas) bill is one of them. Tankless water heaters, also known as on-demand water heaters, heat water only when it’s needed, reducing wasted heat and energy. If you’re thinking about replacing your current water heater, a tankless water heater could be the solution for you.

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Below are 4 benefits of tankless water heaters:

1. ENERGY-EFFICIENT

Compared to traditional, tank-style water heaters, tankless water heaters save more energy. Tank-style water heaters experience what is known as standby energy loss. A burner heats the water and water is stored within the tank, waiting to be used. The thermal energy dissipates during the time it stays in the tank. In other words, hot water stays in the tank whether it’s being used or not, which means that you could be wasting energy. This is especially true if you’re away from home while the traditional water heater is constantly firing up to reheat the water in its tank.

In contrast, tankless water heaters eliminate standby loss as they only produce hot water on demand. When you turn on the hot water tap, cold water travels through a pipe into the unit and is heated by an electric heating element or a gas burner. That means that no hot water is wasted, which saves energy and helps families to reduce energy costs. For homes that use 41 gallons or less of hot water daily, tankless water heaters can be 24%–34% more energy efficient than traditional, tank-style water heaters. They can be 8%–14% more energy efficient for homes that use a lot of hot water, which is around 86 gallons per day.

Also, you can receive a $300 federal tax rebate if you purchase an ENERGY STAR certified gas tankless water heater. Electric tankless heaters are also eligible for the rebate.

2. SAVE SPACE

Tankless water heaters take up less space than traditional tank-style water heaters. Tankless water heaters have a compact design and can be mounted on a wall. So they are an ideal option for small spaces as they take up less room.

3. ENDLESS HOT WATER

Tankless water heaters offer a continuous supply of hot water at a preset temperature level, which is great for filling up a large tub or whirlpool. They can produce as much as 5 to 7 gallons of hot water per minute. This means that you would have more than enough hot water for multiple showers and for appliances to run simultaneously. Tankless water heaters simply never run out of water. With traditional, tank-style water heaters, when hot water runs out, it could take a long period of time for the tank to fill back up with hot water. Not to mention the high energy costs that come with storing hot water that may not be used.

4. LONGER LIFE EXPECTANCY

Tankless water heaters can last twice as long as conventional water heaters. They typically offer a longer warranty as well. So if anything goes wrong with your tankless water heater, you won’t have to pay for repairs or replacement. This can help homeowners save money in the long run. Warranties can last up to 20 years, which is the average lifespan of a tankless water heater.

Do you own a home in the Kansas City area? Are you looking to install a tankless water heater to reduce energy costs? Contact Lutz Plumbing to get a quote about tankless water heater installation for your home.

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Should You Be Filtering Your Tap Water?

May 16th, 2019

Great tasting water straight from the tap is what we all want when we reach for a glass. The water used for cooking and drinking should be sparkling, fresh, and just great tasting. How can you achieve this? With the wide selection of water filtration systems available and the experts at Lutz Plumbing, it is much easier than you may think.

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Why Filter Water?

Water quality varies from one local utility to another, so you want to make sure you select a filter that catches the contaminants in your area. You can order a report from your local utility to find out what contaminants are common in your water.

Filtering water is especially important if you are pregnant, older, or if someone in the home has a suppressed immune system. Bottled water is an option, but bottled water is not as strictly monitored as municipal water, and environmental groups discourage its use because of all the plastic waste generated. Not only that, but it is also much less cost-effective.

Using fresh filtered water also has health benefits, with the reduction in bacterial contamination and chlorine. Some water filters also provide an even more comprehensive range of contaminant removal, producing healthier water for cooking, drinking, and with some filters, bathing.

Types of Water Filters

Water filters are designed to remove specific contaminants, so check the packaging to make sure the filter you purchase meets NFS certification for substances of concern in your water. Also, check for NSF certification for the removal of lead and organic contaminants.

Calculate how much water your family uses and consumes. Factor in cooking water and your budget and you’ll get an idea of which type of water filter would work best in your home. Below is a list of the types of water filters that will introduce fresh, sweet tasting, water into your home.

Carafes work well for individuals or couples who don’t use as much water as larger families. Most of these do an excellent job of removing lead and chloroform

Faucet mounted water filters can switch between filtered and unfiltered water, but their water flow can be slow, and they don’t fit on all faucet types. (like a pull-out sprayer)

Countertop water filters sit on the counter and allow you to filter large amounts of water without altering your plumbing. They can take up a lot of space on your counter and they also don’t fit on all faucets.

Under Sink water filters take up space under the sink, but are able to filter large amounts of water. They filter all the water from your tap while remaining out of sight.

Reverse Osmosis water filters remove a wide range of contaminants from the water using a semi-permeable membrane and filters.

Whole house water filtration systems are the most comprehensive option for filtering water entering your home. They are considered point- of-entry filters because they are installed where water first enters your home and they filter all your water, both hot and cold.

Kansas City Water Concerns

According to the EWG (Environmental Working Group), Kansas City area water is polluted by industry contaminants, agricultural products, general runoff, and other naturally occurring pollutants. Lutz Plumbing recommends a whole house water filtration system for the most comprehensive contamination removal, allowing your family to enjoy healthful, clean water for bathing, cooking, and most importantly, drinking!

With the help of professionals at Lutz Plumbing, you will be enjoying healthful, sweet-smelling water in your home in no time at all. Contact us to get your water tested and find out what is in your water. We will work with you to find the best water filtration system that suits your specific needs.

 

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When to Call for Emergency Plumbing Services

February 18th, 2019

plumber-wrenchSometimes homeowners are unsure what constitutes an “emergency,” so we’re here to clear things up a bit. Emergencies don’t always have to mean that your home is bursting at the seams with water, sometimes an “emergency” is just a clogged toilet. We’ve listed some of the most common emergencies below, if you find yourself running into a problem like this below make sure that you contact our team here today. We have a team full of conscientious, educated technicians and we always provide 24-hour emergency service for our customers. If you need emergency service in Kansas City, MO then contact our team today.   

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How to Prevent Frozen Pipes this Winter

February 4th, 2019

plumber-repairing-hot-water-heaterWinter in Missouri has been remarkably cold this year. The frosty windchill and teenage temperatures are enough of a problem on their own, but the side effects of these temperatures are even more of a problem. A big issue we see a lot during this time of year are frozen pipes.

Frozen pipes are an inconvenient problem (imagine turning on your faucet and getting no water) and they become an even bigger issue when the frozen pipes lead to other issues like pipe burst. Your plumbing system is so complex and delicate that it’s important to act quickly and proactively. If you do run into a problem and need plumbing in Independence, MO you can rely on our trustworthy team.

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A Guide to Choosing the Right Water Heater

January 21st, 2019

Plumber repairing an hot-water heaterNow more than ever there seem to be limitless options for technology in your home. When you’re in the middle of moving into a new home or just upgrading the appliances in your own home, there are so many options that make even simple tasks complicated. If you need help choosing the right water heater, we understand, and we can help you through this process. We offer a wide variety of water heaters, and if you need repair or maintenance services we offer service on any make and model water heater system.

If you want a great water heater in Shawnee, KS then make sure that you choose to consult our team before you buy a unit for your home. We can make sure that you pick a unit that’s the best for the needs of your home.

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Water Contaminants vs. Your Home: Why You Need Water Treatment

January 7th, 2019

water-handsYour water quality is a big issue in the overall quality of your home. Although we heavily rely on water in our daily lives, its healthfulness probably isn’t something you lose sleep over. Although it’s not a hot topic, we’re encouraging you to think about this issue.

It’s important that your water supply stays clear of contaminants and pollutants that are common to your home. When you need plumbing in Mission, KS make sure to contact our team. We’re the best in the area for all your water treatment services because we understand the science behind water treatment and the importance of clean water in your home.   

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Avoid a Disaster with These Holiday Plumbing Tips

December 24th, 2018

plumber-wrenchThe holidays are here! It’s likely that you’re hosting parties, cooking lots of food, and celebrating so make sure that you’re taking care of your plumbing system during this high impact time. The holidays are one of the busiest times of the year in the plumbing business, you need to be diligent about what goes down your drain in time for this season. If you do have a mishap and need a plumber in Olathe, KS then contact our team. If you want to know how to keep your plumbing system in top shape, keep reading below.

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How to Treat Your Water Heater

December 10th, 2018

Technician servicing an hot-water heaterWhen you think of important appliances in your home your mind probably jumps to your oven, washing machine, or dishwasher. Turn your sights to your water heater. Your water heater is an incredibly important unit in your home—you use it almost every day.

Without the proper function of this appliance, the daily operation of your home will be cumbersome. Your water heater accounts for a whopping 17% of your home’s energy usage and consumes more energy than all your other household appliances combined. Your water heater has the potential to last you anywhere from 10 to 20 years with the right maintenance. We’ve compiled some tips below to help you get the most out of your water heater. If you do need professional service for your water heater in Overland Park, contact our team.

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How to Avoid Garbage Disposal Problems

November 26th, 2018

Tapwater flowing into a kitchen sink and down the plughole.We’re fully in the swing of holiday season now. You’ve made it past the big hurdle of Thanksgiving so far but there are many other festivities to come—is your plumbing system ready? Problems with your garbage disposal system aren’t inevitable, there are many preventative measures you can take to avoid expensive and inconvenient garbage disposal problems this holiday season and throughout the year.

We’ve listed the best ways to avoid garbage disposal issues below, but we understand that mistakes happen. If you have a problem with your system, it’s important to call a plumber as soon as possible. If you need a plumber in Independence, MO contact our teams for the best services available.

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