Monthly Archives: July 2014

Tankless Water Heaters,,,Whats All The Fuss About??? Are They Worth It???

As a California Licensed Contractor and Plumber I have to tell you that I have never heard so much confusion and missunderstanding about any plumbing product than the “tamkless water heater”.I have never heard more arguments or debates from neighbors over the “backyard fence” at the grocery lines or in the good old barber shop about this “new kid on the block”.

But just know this,,in actual fact ,,the tankless water heater as we know it ,has been around a heck of a long time.For example ,its been usewd for decades in Europe and Japan where the cost of natual gas is sky high.Only recently has “this here critter’ found a friendly reception and consideration in the Good OLd USA.

Well,,,,its about time!!!!

OK David ,,whats so good about “tankless”???? [we’ll get to that,,,,}

First of all the best feature about these water heaters is its compact size.Traditional “old School” tank heaters take up to 14 sq feet of precious space in the home.An outdoor mounted tankless heater simply takes 0 sq ft of in home space.Hence,,,we always reccomend outdoor installation here at Rapid Rhino Plumbing ,Monrovia Calif.

If youre seriously considered the installation of a tankless water heater ,we have a short list for you as far as reccomendations.In a word ,we havent found anything better than Noritz Tankless Water Heaters and we’ve tried them all.You can’t beat their quality and customer service.Also they have a local showroom,training center and headquarters in Fountain Valley ,California.And get this,if you ever have a problem or an issue with the installation of one of their heaters,,,THEY SEND THEIR TECH OUT to your home or business to troubleshoot and or fix the unit.You cant beat that.Now that being said ,rarely do we have problems or call backs with Noritz units.

If you decide to go with tankless you must include a proper water filter and pump system to have the heater work at maximum performance.Also the heating coils need a flush out “cleaning” every 3 to 4 months.Our pumping systems have beed approved for 6 points by the EPA energy star system for water heater credits.These pumps save energy and water and they also help preserve the warranty on your San Gabriel Valley Cities tankless water heater.

We like Grundfos pumps because of their excellent reputation and service record.Why wait for hot water! Now bear in mind tankless water heating is NOT instant HOT WATER but it is an ENDLESS SUPPLY OF HOT WATER.If you currently have to wait for hot water this will not change unless you allow us to install a demand circulating pump with our install package.Why demand a pump?

Because it does not affect tankless warranty
Its saves electricity
Saves Gas
Saves Water
Saves Time

And these pumps can be installed with a convenient push button system or motion sensor.

We srongly suggest you include a water softener with a tankless installation .Not only will these units make your skin softer but they will eliminate the hard water scale residue on faucets and shower doors.Rapid Rhino Plumbings softener systems are designed and planned to meet all Southern California Plumbing Codes.They are fully ported and will not decrease water pressure.Water softeners create a “scale prevention Shield” .Just know that they are important for the long useful life of a tankless unit but they are often overlooked because of extra cost.Another thing to consider is a complete copper repipe to the property if the original silver grey colored galvanized water pipe are still in place.A copper repipe along with a tankless heater will create a dramatic improvement in water quality and the heating of the water.

We are certified Noritz installers.Noritz water heaters are truly a “Green Plumbing Product”
Tankless is “Green” and again consider this ,they have been used in Japan since 1966 at 86% efficiency.Leave it to the ingenious Japanese to create and develope a great product.

Please contact Dave Doyle at Rapid Rhino Plumbing Monrovia California for more information on installing a Noritz Tankless Water Heater ,,,and call us 24/7 at 626 524 4255.Thanks

Copper Repiping ,,,What’s It All About???

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Copper repiping whats it all about?Whats the real story? Is it worth it? Who needs it.Well truth be told if your house is more than 25 years old,and you can still see the silver gray colored pipes entering your house in the front yard and you see them “stubbed out,or sticking out” under your sinks and in the water heater area you got rusty original galvanized water pipe which is clogged or closed up to some degree.I have even seen samples you could not even see “daylight’ thru

Simply said,copper repiping is a simple process of removing and replacing existing galvanized pipe and replacing it with type L copper pipe.We use and reccomend nothing but Type L Copper Pipe at Rapid Rhino Plumbing here in Monrovia California.Many older homes in towns in our service area like Arcadia,Monrovia,Pasadena ,Sierra Madre ,Temple City and San Gabriel were tract homes built in the 30’s and 40’s and they all had galvanized pipe in the original construction.As the galvanized pipes age, the zinc coating inside starts to rust out closing up the interior openings.Once this rusting condition starts it accelerates badly ,and the only practical solution is to chop them up and replace them.The most practical and popular choice among homeowners is copper water pipe replacement.

A domestic water system is composed of two parts.; Volume and Pressure.Pressure is simply measured in PSI pounds per square inch.Water pressure is explained as the force which the water passes thru your pipe and out of your fixture and faucets.Volume represents the actual amount of water that flows thru your fixtures in a given amount of time.Both volume and pressure are improved tremendously after a complete copper repipe.

Typically San Gabriel Valley homeowners usually decide to choose copper repiping when they begin to see a dramatic loss of pressure at home.Decreased water pressure is really annoying to say the least.Your washer machine tends to fill up= slowly and your garden hose has a much weaker spray.However the biggest nuisance and plumbing problem is the classic low water pressure in the shower instead of a nice strong stream,,the bather only gets a dissatisfying trickle of water.You just watch Mom and Dad and the kids scream when one of them is in the shower and someone uses the kitchen sink to draw water!!! Not a happy situation!

Copper is obviously the prefferred material for replacing interior piping because its lightweight,safe,creates clean tasting water,its durable [it usually outlasts the life of the homeowner] and it does not rust.Because it is also flexible meaning that plumbers can easily bend and form it within the existing stud walls,it is ideal for repiping and Rapid Rhino Plumbing is a repiping expert in the San Gabriel Valley.We have repiped hundreds of homes and businesses in our local area ,,that is the 626 area code.

Copper repiping is not for amatures or do it yourselfers,,,[not a good idea,,].You are better off having a California Stae Licensed Plumber do the job.Copper repiping is a tricky tedious major undertaking .It is time consuming and must be planned carefully.The technician must work in tight confined spaces under the house in a crawlspace and many times in dark dusty attics.Using a soldering torch is an acquired skill that takes many years experience to perfect.You don’t want some amatuer wanna be plumber ,,,or someone who says they’re a plumber swinging a lit propane torch around dry lumber underneath your house in a crawl space “learning how to solder copper pipe”.One sloppy joint can leak in the future and a careless burn mark on a piece of original pine lumber can look like its out and extinguished but can smolder and start a major fire hours after the workman has crawled out of the area and gone home.

Its not smart for the home owner to accept or go with the low bidder when it comes to a copper repipe.The old caveat “you get what you pay for still applys today”.Make sure you’re plumber provides the following features when he writes up a proposal for your repipe;
Type L medium weight copper pipe to be used thru out the job
All new copper pipe to be properly strapped and secured every 5 linear feet to avoid noise or “water hammer” conditions
No lead solder shall be used in job
Plaster and drywall openings in wall shall be MINIMAL and shall be properly patched in a workmanlike mannner
All old galvanized pipe shall be collected and removed from premises
All 1/2″ emergency shut off valves also known as “angle stops” shall be replace along with woven stainless steel water supply lines.
All plumbing fixtures and faucets shall be flushed out and checked for proper flow
Material and workmanship shall be =guaranteed for one calendar year or more.Ask about our “Rock Solid Good Neighbor Guarentee.

We hope the capable friendly crew at Rapid Rhino Plumbing here in Monrovia California can help you with your next copper repiping project.We are here for you 24/7 so please contact us with any questions at 626 524 4255.Thanks Dave Doyle at Rapid Rhino Plumbing