How to get hot water faster to the faucet

Once hot water cools off, it needs to be cleared out of the line to get new hot water to the faucet. The longer the water line, the longer the wait for hot water.

Basically, you have a couple choices to help you with this issue.

First, look into installing a point-of-use water heater under the kitchen sink. These small electric water heaters supply hot water quickly to the faucet while waiting for the house hot water to catch up.

Second, a residential recirculating hot water system can be installed. The system keeps hot water moving around the house and cuts down on the wait time.

A plumber can guide you on which one of these hot ideas can work best for your home.

What are the most important things homeowners should know about their plumbing system?

The plumbing system of a home is not much different than the engine in your car or truck. It will work very well as designed if it is kept up with regular maintenance. Drains that work properly in removing day-to-day waste can become slow and eventually stop up. This could possibly cause considerable damage to a home. What most homeowners don’t know is that the majority of what is washed down the drain contains a petroleum-based product, [such as]shampoos, conditioners, laundry detergents or liquid hand soaps. When these items go down the drain, the interior of the home’s drain lines develops an oily skim. This eventually builds up and catches things like food particles, hair and several other small items. 

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