February 2020

Why You Should Install A Tankless Water Heater

There are few moments worse than hopping in the shower in the morning only to discover that your normally piping hot water has become ice cold. If you are the second or third person in your house to try to take a warm shower, there might not be any hot water left. If you have an older or undersized water heater, you might not even have enough hot water to get through a single shower. Traditional water heaters, while fully functional, lack energy efficiency and can quickly run out of water. Tankless water heaters, on the other hand, are energy efficient (up to 98% efficient), good for the environment, and substantially smaller than their tanked counterparts. If you are interested in learning more about tankless water heaters or having one installed in your home, contact the expert team here at Herrmann Services today.

How Do Tankless Water Heaters Work

Traditional water heaters use a storage tank that uses gas or electricity to constantly keep that tank of water warm. The biggest downside of traditional water heaters is that they will continuously keep the water in the tank warm, which is not only wasteful, but it can get pricey if you aren’t using your hot water. Tankless water heaters work by heating the water directly in your pipes with either a gas or electric burner. This method allows you to have an unlimited supply of hot water without ever recirculating unnecessary water.

Easy On Your Space

Most water heaters in the tristate are located in a basement closet, an unfinished part of your home, or tucked away somewhere. Let’s be honest, water heaters are not the most visually appealing part of your house. Tankless water heaters really help with this issue because they are smaller and neatly hang on the wall.

Improved Warranties

Tankless water heaters also have an extended lifespan. The average traditional water heater lasts for about 10 years, at which point you will either have to do some serious maintenance or fully upgrade your system. Tankless water heaters can easily last twice as long, oftentimes up to and past 20 years. The warranties for tankless water heaters are also much more substantial, oftentimes extending up to 15 years.

Tankless water heaters are not only a wise financial decision, but they will quickly improve your quality of life at your home. Say goodbye to cold showers and say hello to your energy-efficient unlimited source of hot water. If you are interested in learning more about getting a tankless water heater installed in your home, contact the elite plumbing and electrical team here at Herrmann Services today.

Sump Pumps & Flooding

Here in the tri-state area, most homes, apartments, and even businesses have basements or subterranean portions of their buildings. If your home or business has any areas that sit below ground level, you need to make sure that you have an updated or fully functional sump pump strong enough for your space. It also helps to have a backup power supply so that if the power goes out in a big storm, your building is still safe and secure. Not sure if your sump pump is up to the task of keeping your space safe and clean? Let the expert team here at Herrmann Services help you get the right sump pump to protect your home or business from potentially hazardous and expensive water damage. Contact us to have an elite service technician inspect your property today.

The Costs & Dangers Of Flooding

In the Ohio tri-state area, we get a healthy amount of rain, with an average of four inches of rainfall coming down every month. Some of the more intense storms can even drop upwards of five inches in just a few hours. We also get an average of 113 days of rain here, which can keep the soil highly saturated around your home or building. When this happens, water can pool against your foundation and pressure can build. Temperatures can also fluctuate greatly from day to day, causing groundwater to shift from liquid to ice. If this water gets into a crack in your foundation and freezes, it can cause a serious issue as it expands and makes that crack wider and wider.

You may be asking yourself, “Is a little water really that big of a problem?” The costs of water damage can get out of hand quickly, with small leaks costing between $2,700-$7,500. Flooding, on the other hand, is much more expensive. A minor flood of just a few inches of water generally costs about $10,000 to repair and clean up. A more substantial flood can easily cost over $50,000, not to mention the loss of any valuables or sentimental items lost in the flood. The best way to make sure that your basement area stays completely safe from water damage is by having a great sump pump system.

Sump Pumps

Sump pumps are placed in the lowest part of your building in specific locations called sump pits. These pumps function by ensuring that the ground underneath your foundation stays dry by using drains to naturally move water into the sump pit. When the water in that pit reaches a certain level, the sump pump activates and pumps that water away from your home or business to a safe location.  A great sump pump will quietly work to save you tens of thousands of dollars over the span of your property ownership.

If you want to learn more about how you can keep your property safe and secure through even the wettest parts of the year, contact the team here at Herrmann Services today. Our sump pump and plumbing experts can help you keep your property safe for a price you’ll love.