Thermostat Setback refers to moving the thermostat warmer during cooling/Air Conditioning weather and setting the temperature cooler on the thermostat during heating season.
At a 70 degree delta T (temperature differential) you will save an estimated 1% on your energy costs over an 8 hour period. That means if while you're gone to work in the winter, if you reduce the temperature of your home for 8 hours, by 10 degrees, you will save roughly 10%.
Although it will take some extra energy to reheat the home back to comfortable settings - it will never be as much as the energy saved, and most of the time it makes sense to use temperature setbacks.
The only time you wouldn't want to use setbacks is with an electric heat pump, a super insulated home, or if there is a radiant slab with a large thermal mass that is being heated.
Here's our buddy Richard Trethewey explaining how it works:
Our Lux GEO Thermostats (currently buy 3 | get 1 free) have WiFi capabilities to easily monitor and setback the temperature. They are fully programmable, can be controlled with Amazon Alexa or Google Home, have Geofencing capabilities allowing the home to go into automatic setback when the last person is outside of their pre-set geofence, and can work with indoor air quality sensors to improve overall indoor air quality.
The Rinnai Difference
When it comes to hot water, it's tough to beat the quality and performance of a Rinnai Tankless or Hybrid water heater.
Depending on the size of the unit, and application, a single tankless water heater can be enough to supply an entire household with endless hot water.
Replacing an existing chimney vented, tank-type water heater? Consider Rinnai's new RH180 Hybrid water heater. Depending on your existing setup, this can be a relatively easy swap out. This can provide a large 40 gallon water 'dump' for filling up whirlpool or soaking tubs, as well as providing endless hot water once that storage has been depleted.
Rinnai used to require a certification to install their products due to the high level of technical experience needed. Rinnai no longer requires that certification. We highly recommend that anyone considering a Rinnai has it installed by a qualified, experienced technician.
At Maumee Supply, we stock a large variety of models, and fuel sources of both Tankless and Hybrid Rinnai Water Heaters. Call us today (800-552-0156) to see which will work best for you!
Fall Heating Specials
September 1st - October 31st: Fall Heating Special Buy-In
Take advantage of quantity discounts on our most popular heating products for large discounts!
More Chances to Win: Friday, August 24th
Our last Lunch with the Pros is Friday, August 24th. Delta, Brizo, Mansfield, Woodford, and Omega TracPipe are kicking in two $25.00 gift cards to Bass Pro Shops.
Additionally, Great Lake Sales in coordination with Amtrol, Embassy Industries, Danfoss, and Stiebel Eltron is giving away a $50.00 Visa Gift card!
You must be present to ENTER, but do not need to be present to WIN!
Come to our Lunch with the Pros to WIN!
Enter for a Chance to win at our Lunch with the Pros event on July 27th, 11:30a - 1:00p!
Come to our Lunch with the Pros on July 27th for a chance to win a Moen Align Semi-Pro Kitchen Faucet (sponsored by Moen).
There is also a chance to win a $100 Bass Pro Gift Card sponsored by BWA South (Elkay sinks & water coolers, Charlotte Pipe, Basco Shower Doors, Swan, and Maax).
The Unico System versus Mini-Split HighWall Systems
11 Reasons Not To Put Big, Ugly, High-Wall A/C Units On Your Wall!
High-wall units disrupt interiors and cannot be hidden from view. They come in white, beige and sometimes black and cannot be covered. Preservationists and architects run from these unattractive units.
The small-duct Unico System features round outlets with openings only 2-1/2 inches in diameter, and narrow slotted outlets 8 inches long. Both styles can be stained or painted to match your floor, wall or ceiling.
Unico outlets can be placed on ceilings, floors, or walls. But high-wall units usually have to be mounted on the outer walls of a home. A ceiling mount is possible, but the ceiling often has to be lowered.
Unico provides draft-free heating and cooling, with only a two degree difference from floor to ceiling. High-wall units dump 80% of the air into only a third of a room’s space, so temperatures can fluctuate by as much as eight degrees.
Unico is a central air system, with air handlers that can support ducts weaving throughout the house. High-wall units are like window AC units, where each room needs its own system, costing you more.
Sound levels of the Unico System are similar to a whisper, as low as 20 decibels; high-wall units are in the range of about 40 decibels.
The small diameter, flexible ducts of the Unico System require no maintenance or cleaning. High-wall filters must be cleaned and replaced regularly, and drains are known to clog and leak inside the units.
Unico removes 30 percent more moisture than standard AC systems. High-wall units must be set at a chilly 65 degrees or lower to achieve strong dehumidification, driving up operating coats. Additionally, a humidification system can be added for putting humidity into the air during the winter. High-wall units cannot humidify in the winter, and rely on electric heating elements that scorch the air.
Unico air handlers are rated by independent testing labs to last at least 26 years. Most high-wall units are designed to last only eight to 10 years
Unico’s outdoor heat pumps and air handlers are warranted for 15 years when installed by a Unico Preferred Contractor. The longest warranty offered by high-wall companies is 10 years.
10. Where It's Made
The Unico System is manufactured in the U.S. Most high-wall units are made overseas.
11. Air Quality
The Unico System filters the conditioned air, providing high-quality, clean air. High-wall units do not.
WiFi in the Plumbing Industry
Each sector of the industry must always be continuously updated with new technologies to integrate them into its products and still be competitive on the market.
The plumbing and HVAC sector is no exception, and the widespread use of Wi-Fi connections has allowed the development of App and Wi-Fi devices that can be integrated into the tools most used by plumbers.
In most cases, these are devices already on the market that are presented in an updated version with a built-in Wi-Fi connection that allows the device to be interactive, remotely controlled or to send notifications on the user's smartphone.
The advantages of these devices are very many. They allow you to monitor in real time the situation at home or in the place where the device is installed; they can circulate hot water with the push of a button so your shower is hot immediately, and in general allow you to control each device more completely.
One of the new generation products with built-in Wi-Fi is the latest version of Zoeller A-Pak.
This is an alarm system that manages a sump pump installed in basements, cellars and underground floors and that alerts the user of high water. This is a handy device in humid areas and particularly in rainy seasons. The alarm sends a signal to user that water is above the safety level, and the basement needs attention. These are perfect for those who travel often for work, or who head to a second home either in the summer or winter.
The integration with the Wi-Fi Internet connection allows you to remotely control the Zoeller A-Pak alarm by receiving notifications on the status of the battery, on power problems and the difficulty of contact with the Z Control. In this way, it is possible to monitor the situation in real time even if you are away from home and act promptly in case of blackouts or other problems. Thanks to the Wi-Fi integration the likelihood of a flooded basement can be drastically reduced.
Another great product that has been able to use Wi-Fi integration to improve the service offered to customers is Rinnai Control-R Wi-Fi controller. It is a Wi-Fi device that works together with its official App to monitor the water temperature through a Smartphone or Tablet.
The user can set the water temperature, heat it pressing a button on the App and receive notifications regarding the maintenance of the system and manage in real time any problem.
Furthermore, through the integration with Wi-Fi, it is possible to activate the water recirculation in the models that offer this ability.
Even the thermostats like Lux GEO Thermostat have become Smart, allowing you to activate remotely and adjust the temperature of the house through the App or the Smartphone. This is a beneficial innovation for heating the house in winter, or cooling in the summer.
Through the use of Geo-Fencing (do you see the pun in the name), all the members of the home can set their own geo-fence, and when all members of the home are outside of that area, the thermostat goes into automatic set-back mode, allowing you to obtain better efficiency and save money on gas and electric.
These products demonstrate how plumbing has gained significant benefits with the integration with Wi-Fi and we are sure that innovations in this sector are only just beginning.
Lux GEO Wifi Thermostats
GEO by Lux Thermostats is AWESOME! It allows everyone in your home to control the temperature from their mobile device.
Here are just some of the awesome features that we love after we've tested it in our office:
- Multiple users (great for families on the go)
- Hortizontal or Vertical mounting
- Battery Powered (more on this below)
- Geofencing Location Detection (this will blow your socks off)
- Amazon Alexa and Google Home compatible
- Incredibly easy interface that anyone can understand and control
The Geofencing feature allows you to set a radius around your home (1 mile, 5 miles, 10 miles), whatever distance makes sense. If you are inside that circle, your thermostat will recognize you as 'being home' and your system will run as normal. When the last person that has access to the thermostat on their phone goes outside of their Geofence, the thermostat will automatically go into set-back mode and start saving you money!
No other thermostat manufacturer has been able to achieve the longevity and results that Lux has been able to with their GEO thermostat. Most boiler systems only have two wires going to the thermostats (which control a zone valve or pump). The Lux GEO will work in older homes and boiler systems, heat pumps, and 1 and 2 stage furnace and Air Conditioning systems. The GEO can go 15 months or more on a single set of double AA batteries; an impressive feat considering all the power it needs to communicate via WiFi.
We hope to have the GEO in stock in a few weeks. Shoot us a message and let us know if you like the black version or the white version better!
Lyndsey Donnell Promoted to Waterhouse Showroom Manager
Waterhouse Bath & Kitchen Studio is excited to announce the promotion of Lyndsey Donnell, former Waterhouse Bath & Kitchen Studio Showroom Specialist, to Showroom Manager. Lyndsey’s customer experience, professional growth, and expert design made her a top candidate for the Showroom Manager’s position after Dion Wilson’s surprising and untimely passing.
Lyndsey graduated from Bowling Green State University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Interior Design and minor in Marketing. Prior to graduating college, Lyndsey began an internship with The Kohler Bath House (Waterhouse prior to rebranding in 2007). Over the past 12 years Lyndsey has continued to grow, learn product, displays and merchandising, as well as help with the Waterhouse rebranding in 2006-2007, the Kohler Premier Build-Out, and worked hand-in-hand with Dion Wilson.
Customers are more informed than ever. In order to stay relevant in an online world, brick-and-mortar showrooms need to be customer-focused, provide service and expertise that cannot be replicated from a part-time or short-term stint in the industry. A true passion for design and products, combined with an unwillingness to compromise customer satisfaction is what is needed to keep Waterhouse Bath & Kitchen Studio one of the top decorative kitchen and bath showrooms in the country. Lyndsey Donnell has all the qualities needed to not only sustain Waterhouse in this competitive environment, but also has the hunger and passion to springboard us into the future.
Please join us in congratulating Lyndsey Donnell on her promotion to Showroom Manager. Vendors, current and past customers, please reach out to Lyndsey and introduce yourself. We ask to have patience as she transitions into this new position and learns all the exciting facets that garners a manager’s attention.
Waterh2ouse Bath & Kitchen Studio
125 East Indiana Avenue
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We Remember Dion Wilson
It is with complete shock and utmost sadness we regret to inform you of the passing of Waterhouse Bath & Kitchen Studio Manager, Dion Wilson.
Dion worked for the Kohler Bath House/Waterhouse Bath & Kitchen Studio for over 22 years. The vision, look, and feel of Waterhouse, and much of its success can directly be attributed to the dedication Dion put forth to his career. Dion was highly regarded in the Kitchen & Bath industry as a trend setter with forward thinking ideas and cutting edge design.
We truly lost a member of our family with Dion's passing.
Visitation is Friday, January 12th from 2pm - 7pm, with services following at Wonderly Hanes Funeral Home, 425 E. State Street, Fremont, OH 43420.
Those that knew Dion, know the thing he loved above all else, was his family. To honor Dion and continue to support his family, Waterhouse has setup a memorial for friends and colleagues at Huntington Bank. A dedication can be made to the family at any Huntington Bank branch by mentioning Dion Wilson, or can be sent in to:
c/o Dion Wilson Memorial Fund
131 Louisiana Avenue
Perrysburg, OH 43551
Blucher Stainless Trench Drains
Blucher - a Danish division of Watts Water Technology, makes trench drains, and their new Stainless Steel HygienicPro is making huge strides for the food service industry.
Imagine using 1/30th amount of the water you're using today to empty the drainage in your trench drain.
We can go on and on, but this video does a great job showing how the trench gets clean with much less water!
Recently, a brewery in Cincinnati; Mad Tree Brewing, put in the Blucher HygenicPro drains in their operations expansion, and it has made all the difference:
Getting Your Flow Back
Is your flow to a kitchen or bathroom faucet not what it used to be? Maybe the hot side flows better than the cold, or vice-versa? Perhaps your shower makes a whistling noise and the spray doesn't feel as powerful as it once was.
If you're on City of Toledo Water (Toledo, Perrysburg, Maumee, Sylvania, Holland, and more), chances are your under-counter stops have some deposit buildups on them, restricting flow. This buildup can also build up on the aerator at the end of faucet spout, or pullout spray head for a kitchen faucet. The same buildup can happen to your shower valve.
If you have quality quarter-turn stops, you can soak them in vinegar to dissolve the calcium buildup. If you have older multi-turn stops that are corroded and difficult to operate, you will want to look at replacing them.
Here are some pictures of the stops that we replaced in our own home after we realized we were not getting equal pressure from the Hot and Cold sides of our kitchen faucet:
Cleaning or Replacing your Stops
- Shut the water off at the main and open your faucets (upper and lower floors, including any basement faucets) to drain the water from the lines.
- Using the proper wrenches, disconnect the supply lines and remove the stops (you'll want to have a small towel handy for any water that may be left in the lines).
- Inspect the supply lines to the faucet, as well as the stub-outs that the stops were connected to. If the stops are in good condition, try to remove as much calcium buildup as possible from the inside with a small wire brush, then let them soak in white vinegar for 20-30 minutes. Use a small brush to further break up and free any leftover deposits.
- If the stops are old and not in great condition, consider replacing them with quarter turn stops. These only have to turn 90 degrees to shut off the water, and are much more effective than the older multi-turn stops. Make sure to take note what the connection style is to the pipe (compression, threaded, sweat on, push-on, pex crimp on, etc).
- Reinstall your cleaned or new stops.
- Turn the water back on at the main and check for leaks.
- When the water at the main is turned off and back on, debris can break free in the line and end up in your faucet aerator and shower heads.
Different Types of Aerators and Keys
Cleaning your Faucet Aerator
- If possible, unscrew the aerator under the faucet spout by hand. Chances are, you will need a wrench to break the aerator free. Be sure to use the proper wrench, and avoid pliers if possible to prevent scratching the aerator.
- Some kitchen faucets or commercial faucets require a special aerator key to get the aerator off. If you are installing a new faucet, this key will be in the box - make sure to store it in a spot where you won't lose it!
- Simply rinse any debris from the aerator. Turn the faucet on and let the hot and cold sides run for a second to flush anything that may be lingering in the line.
- Reinstall the aerator so its snug, but do not overtighten.
Cleaning Your Shower Cartridge
If your shower valve vibrates, hums, whistles, or makes noise when you turn the water on, of when you pull the tub diverter to transfer the water to the shower head, chances are you have build-up of calcium in your cartridge and need to clean out the valve.
- Shut off the water to the house.
- If your shower valve has integrated stops (now code) you can shut off the water just to the shower valve using the 1/4 turn stops built into the valve.
- Depending on the brand and model of the shower valve you have, use the manufacturer's instructions to remove the cartridge.
- Place the cartridge in a zip top bag with white vinegar. Remove the air so the entire cartridge is submerged in vinegar.
- Spray vinegar into the shower valve and allow it to soften the calcium buildup.
- Using a small wire brush, clean the deposits from the shower valve.
- After an hour (or up to overnight), remove the shower cartridge from the baggie of vinegar, rinse off and wipe clean.
- Replace the cartridge and reassmble the shower trim opposite as removal.
- *IMPORTANT* Remove the shower head and clean the buildup on the screen
- With the shower head off, turn the water on and divert through the shower arm several times.
- Reinstall the shower head.
Delta Shower Valve Break Down
Kohler Shower Valve Break Down
Moen Shower Valve Break Down
Stop into our sales counter or give us a call at 800-552-0156 so we can help you get your flow back!
Last Lunch with the Pros for the Summer
Our summer Lunch with the Pros series will be wrapping on with the final lunch of 2017 on Friday, August 18th. For this lunch, we are grilling up the famous Stanley's Kielbasa Grillers. Accompanying them will be homemade pasta salad, potato salad, watermelon, chips, cookies, pop and water!
We are thankful of vendor sponsors and their participation. At this lunch we will have tables and products from:
- Acorn Engineering
- Apollo Valves
- Aquatic Bathware
- Bradford White
- Clarion Bath
- Elkhart Press Fittings
- Jay R Smith Drains
- Oil Creek Plastics
- Sioux Chief
- T&S Brass
- Tectite InstaLoc Fittings
- Uponor Propex tube and fittings
We look forward to seeing you at our incredible fun and educational events!
George Williams Obituary
George J. Williams
George Junior Williams, 91, of Perrysburg, passed away on Tuesday, July 11, 2017 at Hospice of Northwest Ohio in Perrysburg, surrounded by his loving family. George was born on January 7, 1926 to George John and Mayme (Betz) Williams in Perrysburg and spent his whole life there. George graduated from Perrysburg High School in 1944 and continued his education earning a Bachelor’s Degree from Milwaukee School of Engineering. George proudly served his country in the United States Navy and served during World War II. On October 9, 1953 George married Marguerite M. Schwamm in Toledo. He was the owner and operator of Maumee Plumbing Supply and retired in 1991. George was a lifelong member of Zoar Lutheran Church in Perrysburg and he previously served as the Church Council President. George also served on the Perrysburg Board of Education (1966-1978), was a board member of the former Bank of Wood County, Wood County Planning Commission, the Perrysburg School Foundation and board member of Central Wholesalers Association. He also volunteered for Hospice of Northwest Ohio.
George was a loving husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather. He valued his family and always put them first. Once becoming a father he was devoted to being home every night even when he traveled for work. He will be greatly missed but his love and appreciation of family and friendship will never be forgotten.
He is survived by sons, Gregory (Nancy) Williams, Douglas (Becky) Williams; daughter, Lizbeth (David) Brown; and grandchildren, Steven (fiancée, Jessica Young), Julie, Scott (Megan), Andrew, Ryan (fiancée Katherine Hickey), Daniel (Tabitha), George, Katherine, Sarah; great grandchildren, Henry and Annie. George was preceded in death by his wife, Marguerite; son, Steven Williams; parents, George and Mayme; and siblings, Kathryn, Karl, Arthur, Howard, and Robert Williams, and Ruth Wellstead.
Friends will be received on Sunday, July 16, 2017 from 2:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M. at Witzler-Shank Funeral Home, 222 E. South Boundary Street, Perrysburg (419-874-3133). Visitation will continue on Monday, July 17, 2017 at 10 A.M. at Zoar Lutheran Church 314 E. Indiana Avenue, Perrysburg, OH 43551 where the funeral service will begin at 11:00 A.M. Burial will follow in Fort Meigs Union Cemetery. Memorial contributions in George’s name may be made to Zoar Lutheran Church or Hospice of Northwest Ohio, 30000 E. River Rd., Perrysburg, Ohio 43551. Arrangements were entrusted to Witzler-Shank Funeral Home.
Lunch with the Pros
It's that time of year again... the time of year when things really start heating up! The time of the year when we erect the tents, unfold the tables and chairs, and get the grill piping away to cook some incredible food for YOU - The Professional Plumbers! Every year has been a better turnout than the one previous.
Stay tuned for more information about June's featured sponsors:
Mother's Day Gift Ideas
As Mother's Day is quickly approaching on Sunday, May 8th, many men are dumbfounded on what to get their Moms for Mother's Day. We want to offer some unique ideas that might not be the norm - but will be sure to make her smile.
New Kitchen Faucet
Sprucing up an old kitchen faucet with a new option can transform the look and feel of a kitchen. If the home has not been updated in a while, there are several new options available that likely weren't available in the past. New technology, new styles, and new finishes mean there is an option to fit any style and application.
Touch Activated Faucets come on with a tap on the handle or spout. These are great for turning the water on using the back of your hand, forearm, or other body part if ones hands are covered in dirt, or have been handling raw meat. Touch activated Faucets can be found from Brizo, and Delta.
A motion activated faucet, unlike the touch-activated, does not need contact to turn on. Using sensors that shoot up from the top of the spout, and out from the base of the spout, the faucet will turn on when you wave your hands over the top, or in front of it. This is great for when your hands are messy and you don't even want to touch the faucet to turn it on and risk contamination. The only drawback to this faucet (as silly as it sounds) is there is a learning curve. If you don't know about the sensors, you might get your sleeve wet a few times before being cautious about the faucet coming on. The motion activated faucets can be found from Kohler and Moen.
Curved Shower Rod
A shower rod may sound like a lame Mother's Day gift, but how many times have you stayed at a hotel, pulled the shower curtain closed, and thought: 'Wow, I'd love to have one of these at home!'? For only $24.00 - This is a great gift that she will be able to enjoy every day!
Donner Curved Shower Rod
Do You Use Your Garbage Disposal Like You Should?
Did you know that just about ANY food can be put down an InSinkErator Pro series garbage disposer? Actually, the only food that InSinkErator will freely admit that they absolutely cannot get to grind in their disposers is Mako Shark skin. Who knew?
But seriously, chicken or fish bones, avocado pits, potato peels, egg shells, onion skins, lettuce... all the usual culprits that clog up a lesser quality disposer is no challenge for InSinkErators dual or triple grind technology.
Not only will you save roughly 30% of food waste from entering the landfill, you will it do much more quietly than with other models of disposers!
So stop carrying those potato peels, chicken bones, and anything else across the kitchen and over to the garbage. Stop the risk of dripping contaminating juices on the floor or cabinets, and making a mess. Simply put all that mess down the drain and let an InSinkErator Pro Series garbage disposer chew, macerate, and grind the food waste to tiny bits that quickly and easily flush down the drain!
Toledo Edison Rebates
Toledo Edison & First Energy have many rebates for businesses and homeowners, with incentives for upgrading to more efficient products. Throughout the year we often see rebates for installing high efficient furnaces, boilers, and water heaters.
For Businesses the rebates include:
- Lighting Rebates and Incentives
- Specialty Programs (custom buildings and custom equipment)
- Mercantile Customer Programs
- Large Commercial & Industrial Opt-Out Programs
We are taking advantage of the lighting program by replacing incadascent and old florescent light tubes with high efficient LED options. Another option that should really be considered is the HVAC Maintenance program. You can receive $15.00/ton of cooling when you have your equipment serviced and tuned up.
For those with boiler heat, you can receive a $50.00 rebate for changing out a variable speed pump, like the Grundfos Alpha which matches the GPM flow to that of the heating requirements, meaning it never uses more energy than is exactly needed to send the right amount of heat where its needed.
For Homeowners there are also several programs available:
- Community Connections for low-income (provides home improvements for energy efficiency)
- Easy Cool Rewards Program (participants receive a free [$250 value] Honeywell programmable thermostat for their Central A/C)
- Appliance Turn In Program (receive up to $50.00 for turning in an old fridge or freezer).
- Home Energy Analyzer (register using your bill and get your home's energy use analyzed, with recommendations for improvements, and ways to save money).
Free Omaha Steaks Promotion!
What's better than delicious tender, top quality steaks, lobster tails, and crab legs? FREE Top Quality Steaks, Lobster Tails, and Crab Legs!
From January 1st, 2017 through March 31st, 2017, your purchases with Maumee Supply and Waterhouse Bath & Kitchen Studio could be eligible to earn various Omaha Steak & Seafood Packages.
How does it work:
1. Send in your Registration Form to: email@example.com.
2. You will be notified of your sales from January 1st, 2016 - March 31st, 2016. This number is your benchmark.
3. Increase your sales during the same period this year beyond the benchmark to qualify for that Promotional Package.
Packages and Options:
Rules and Regulations:
1. Limit one registration per company
2. Accounts must be current and in good standing to participate.
3. Special Orders, Negotiated Bids, and Direct Shipments may be excluded.
4. If your purchases from 1/1/16 - 3/31/16 were less than $2,000 - your benchmark is $2,000.
5. Please allow 4-6 weeks for fulfillment.
6. Limit three packages per company.
7. Substitutions of equal or greater value may be made depending on availibility.
8. Maumee Supply reserves the right to change or cancel this promotion without written notification.
Maintaining your Tankless Water Heater
Tankless water heaters work by passing cold water over very hot heat exchanger, allowing cool water to rise to appropriate use temperatures quickly. Anytime water is heated and comes in contact with metal, the dissolved solids (scale and hardness) have a tendency to coagulate and build up and to these hot metal components.
If not cleaned properly, the scale buildup will not only prevent the heat from properly transferring from the metal to the water and you lose efficiency, over time, and it can cause that heat exchanger to overheat and damage the unit.
Most tankless water heater manufacturer's suggest that they be cleaned and 'descaled' annually. This will ensure that any buildup or scale is flushed from the system, allowing the unit to run at optimum performance for 20+ years.
To flush the system, you will need a 3-5 gallon bucket, a descaling agent such as a chemical descaler such as Hercules Haymaker or Whitlam Flow Aid, a submersible pump, and hoses. You can piecemeal the materials together on your own, or purchase a kit for a discounted price with all the components included such as a Whitlam Flow Kit.
The Flow Kit includes a bucket, pump, inlet and outlet hoses, as well as one treatment of descaling. After the first cleaning, you can choose to purchase white vinegar to flush your system, or continue to use biodegrable cleaners like the ones mentioned above. Dedicated system descalers such as he Whitlam brand descaler can dissolve up to 2 pounds of calcium and scale per quart of descaler, and works 3-4 times more effectively than white vinegar. We don't advocate using vinegar since it is not as effective as cleaning the heat exchanger.
Below is a very detailed video showing the process of descaling a Rinnai Tankless Water Heater's heat exchanger. In order to perform this annual maintanance, the installing contractor should have installed valves to isolate the unit while turning off the external water supply. This will make performing the maintenance a snap.
1. Shut off the gas supply to the unit and shut off the inlet and outlet water valves.
2. Connect hoses to the flush valves via the 3/4' garden hose connections.
3. Drain any water that is in the unit.
4. Dillute the descaling liquid to the necessary strength (Whitlam is 1 quart to 1 gallons of water)
5. Run the descaling agent for 30-45 minutes through the cold side, and out the hot side into the bucket with the recirculating pump.
6. Inspect the cold water inlet filter. Click here to replace yours.
7. Remove the pump and hose from the cold water side. Leave the hose connected to the hot water side.
8. Turn on the cold side water and flush the unit with clean water for 3-5 minutes until all the water runs clear.
9. Remove the hose from the hot side, shut the cleaning valve, open the hot valve, turn the gas back on and allow the unit to run like new again!
For any questions about cleaning your tankless water heater, contact us at 800-552-0156, or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Replacing a Sump Pump
Sump pumps are one of the necessary evils that any newer home with a basement will likely have. At some point, these mechanical devices are bound to fail, and when they are replaced, it’s important to choose the correct unit.
Most think that if their 1/3hp sump pump fails, they should replace it with a 1/2hp pump; because, More is Better. Right? Usually not when it comes to sump pumps.
Let’s have a look how much water our sump pumps actually need to be able to pump, and when they fail, what parts normally fail.
When it rains, any water not routed away from the foundation by gutters will take the path of least resistance and run down the foundation, until it hits the footer tile. From there, it is routed to a sump basin (also called a sump crock) where it is collected, and then manually pumped away to a storm drain or other holding area. Most sump basins will old between 24 and 33 gallons of water (if possible, always choose a larger sump basin).
A standard 1/3hp pump will pump between 30-34 gallons of water per minute at 8’-10’ of head (the height it needs to pump the water up to).
A standard 1/2hp pump will pump between 60-65 gallons of water per minute at 8’-10’ of head.
Most pumps fail because the mechanical switch that turns the pump on burns out. In a standard sump crock, a 1/3hp pump will empty the crock in about a minute. A 1/2hp pump will only run for 15-20 seconds, causing the pump to turn on and off, causing more cycles, and more wear on the pump switch. Although there are rare instances when there is so much water that with the pump running, a 1/3hp pump cannot keep up, and then a 1/2hp pump would be recommended, or putting in two 1/3hp pumps to cycle based on the height of the water would be even better.
Zoeller understands that the switch is the most likely culprit to fail, and is now making beefier 1/3hp sump pump with a fortified switch, and upgraded impeller and components. This pump comes with an unprecedented 5 year warranty.
When in doubt with what you might need, we encourage you to give us a call and we can help point you in the right direction! 800-552-0156.
Reverse Osmosis Filtration for Toxic Toledo Water
Every summer for the past few years, the city of Toledo and surrounding suburbs have been on high-alert as the algae blooms flourish and produce a toxicity in the water known as Microcystin. This Microcystin cannot be removed by standard filters, becomes concentrated when boiled, and causes damage to the liver, as well as many other side effects and organs when ingested in higher than accepted levels.
Watts Water Technology's Reverse Osmosis system is only one of two certified by the NSF/ANSI 58 to pass the test and be able to clearly state that their system effectively reduce: 'Pentavalent Arsenic, Barium, Cadmium, Chromium (Hexavalent), Chromium Trivalent), Copper, Turbidity, Fluoride, Lead, Radium 226/228, and Selenium' from drinking water.
Although no such independent tests have been performed specifically on Microcystin (the toxin that the algae blooms produce that shut down the Toledo Water Supply in previous years), given that microcystin is roughly 3nanometers (0.003 microns) in size, and the Reverse Osmosis Membrane can filter down to 0.01nanometers (0.0001 microns), it seems reasonable to conclude that the reverse osmosis membrane would prevent the microcystin toxin from passing through. The City of Perrysburg has purchased three high capacity mobile reverse osmosis systems in the event the microcystin toxicity levels rise to above normal levels again this year.
We are gauging customer interest to see if a reverse osmosis system like the ones below would be something our customers would like us to keep in stock on the shelves.
The entry level 4-stage system comes complete with everything for hookup, and starts at $295, and goes up for features like Quik-Change filter Cartridges ($475), and Self-Rinsing Zero-Waste Membranes ($650).
See all the options we carry here: Watts Water Filtration.
Water, Water everywhere, but not in your basement!
A basement is essentially the opposite of a swimming pool or pond. It's a deep hole in the ground, which nature wants to fill with water. You obviously want to keep it dry.
To understand why we need sump crocks and sump pumps in our basements, think back to the time when you were a child playing on the beach. When you would dig a deep hole in the sand, it would start filling up with water. The same wants to happen with our basements.
Sometimes the water table is below the lowest portion of the foundation, when worrying about water is not an issue. Other times during periods of freezing and thawing, as well as heavy rains, the ground becomes saturated, and the water table raises up just like the shallow water table at the beach. It is times like these when it becomes a battle with Mother Nature to keep that water out.
Water wants to travel the path of least resistance, always seeking the lowest point. Gravel around your home's foundation allows water to drain vertically down, rather than horizontally sideways into your home. When the water reaches the lowest point, it finds the footer tile; a perforated pipe that allows water to collect and run away from the foundation, or to a sump crock, where the water is then pumped out to the city storm sewer.
Without a mechanical sump pump, the water would continue flowing into the sump crock, and rise until it reaches a level equal to outside the basement walls. Selecting a quality sump pump that is sized correctly is important to have years of water-free basement enjoyment. Select a sump pump that has a metal or cast iron housing which keep the pump motor cool during periods of heavy usage by transferring the heat to the cool water in the sump crock. Cheaper pumps with plastic housings cannot dissipate the heat and will burn out more quickly.
Some folks think that if they had a 1/3HP sump pump and it wore out, by replacing it with a 1/2HP sump pump will be BETTER. In most instances, this could not be further from the truth. If the basement was kept dry while a 1/3HP pump was running, moving up to larger, more powerful pump will only cause the pump to start and stop more often, causing the pump to burn out more quickly.
Regardless of what pump you have and the configuration, the devices are mechanical and at some point, will wear out and break.
- Check your sump pump often an make sure it is operating freely
- Clear out any debris that may have made its way into the sump crock or fallen in
- Install an alarm to be alerted if the sump pump were to fail
- Use a water (preferred) or battery (well water system) powered back up to keep the space dry during storms when power can go out.
Even if your basement isn’t a finished living space, it is likely there are appliances, and storage items down there that would be very costly to replace if water got in. You know what they say about an ounce of prevention!
Keep Your Sink Looking Brand New
During the Holidays, your kitchen likely took a beating. Thanksgiving is statistically the hardest one day per year on the kitchen. If you hosted or prepared meals for Christmas, baked cookies, or just had more activity than normal, chances are your kitchen sink could benefit from a little revitalization.
Stainless Steel sinks need to be cared for and cleaned to keep (or bring back) their original beauty. Without proper maintenance, stainless steel can become dull, scratched, and (surprisingly) stained.
DAILY: Most soaps and detergents contain chlorides, which your stainless steel sink does not like. Rinse your sink with cool water after each use to make sure any chlorides aren’t sitting on the surface.
WEEKLY: Weekly (or daily if you prefer a constant clean look), use an abrasive powdered cleaner (Bon-Ami, Zud, Bar Keepers Friend, etc). Unlike other surfaces, stainless steel is very durable, and stands up well to abrasive cleaners. Stainless Steel, like wood, has a grain; always scrub in the direction of the grain. When scrubbing, use a Scotchbrite or scouring pad, but never use steel wool, which can leave iron particles behind that will rust.
*If your stainless steel sink has a clear coating – DO NOT use abrasive cleaners, and clean with the manufacturer’s recommended instructions.
- For a less abrasive cleaner, try using baking soda and water.
- When you clean or rinse your sink, try drying it. Drying is great to prevent rust spots or water marks.
- For an extra sparkle and shine, polish your sink with flour. Apply dry flour and rub with a soft dry cloth. Wipe away any extra flour, then rinse and re-dry.
- Additional shine can be added by wiping a dry sink with a few drops of baby oil on a soft cloth.
- Don’t allow cookware, utensils, or sponges to sit in your sink for extended periods of time. They will trap moisture against the surface and can lead to rust and staining.
- A rubber mat at the bottom will also trap moisture, instead, consider using the manufacturer’s recommended wire rack to keep items from sitting against the sink surface.
- Don’t use your sink as a cutting board – special cutting boards can be ordered to sit on top of a portion of the bowl so scraps can be easily discarded. Cutting on your sink’s surface will scratch and damage the finish.
Get More Hot Water for Free!
For many, replacing a hot water heater is an afterthought until it starts leaking and it is too late. During the winter, more water heaters fail than during any other time of the year. The main reason for this, is due to the thermal shock that the tank experiences when the warm tank is dramatically cooled from the much colder incoming water temperatures.
Below are some tips to keep your water heater running at peak efficiency, year after year. Even with the best care, your water heater will eventually wear out and need to be replaced - but you can delay the inveitable with these tips!
GIVE IT A BLANKET
Wrapping your water heater with insulation can prevent standby heatloss by 25-40% and save your energy bill anywhere from 4-9%. Make sure to follow the Water Heater Manufacturer's instructions, and any instructions that come with the insulation kit to ensure that any areas that should not be covered are left open.
In addition to the water heater, wrap all the hot water pipes with insulation to help ensure the hot water created is still hot when it arrives to its destination.
GET THE GUNK OUT!
When water is heated, it can leave behind sediment. You may notice sediment build up up on your faucets or shower head. This build up is also occurring inside your water heater. With a natural gas or propane style water heater, this sediment falls to the bottom where the gas burner hits, and it can drastically reduce the efficiency of your water heater. To flush your tank, turn off the gas or electricity to the unit, as well as the cold water inlet. Hook up a garden hose to the drain port at the bottom, and allow the tank to flush until the water coming out runs clean. Before refilling, go to the next step.
GIVE A NOD TO THE ANODE ROD
The anode rod is a sacrificial metal rod (usually magnesium or aluminum) that hangs in the water in the tank, and its sole purpose is to corrode and dissolve. A typical anode rod lasts 6 years, but can disintegrate much more quickly depending on several factors in your water. Without getting into a full blown chemistry lesson - a method called electrolysis allows certain metals to corrode first before other metals shared in water corrode. The sacrificial anode rods break down and prevents the inside of the steel tank from rusting. Once these anode rods are used up, your tank will likely begin rusting and lead to leaking.
If your water heater is close to 6 years old, remove your existing anode rod from the top of the tank (while the tank is empty) and replace it with a new one. This $40-60 fix will help keep the insides of your water heater corrosion and rust free.
Tips for Unclogging a Toilet
Did you know that most people use a plunger incorrectly when trying to unclog a toilet? Ok, maybe they don't stick the wooden handle in the toilet, but there is more to plunging a toilet than simply putting the rubber end into the toilet and pushing like mad.
Step 1: Insert the rubber end into the toilet. If possible, purchase a plunger with a rubber flange that inserts into the toilet trapway partially. This helps prevent water from splashing and directs the push down the drain where you want it, and not back in your face, or on the floor.
Step 2: Gently depress the handle to push all the air out of the plunger cup. Slowly pull back, filling the plunger cup up with water. At this point, you have the plunger cup ready to start plunging.
Step 3: Push the water back into the drain with modest force - enough to try to remove the clog, but not enough to make the toilet water spill over, and quickly pull back.
Step 4: If the clog doesn't break free after 15-20 vigorous thrusts, try pushing the water out of the plunger, and while keeping a seal, forceably pull back on the plunger. Often times pulling back will pull the clog up the drain enough to reposition it, and allow the clog to flow freely down the drain. Try this method for several pulls if it doesn't break free at first.
Step 5: If the clog STILL doesn't break free, you will want to try a closet snake. These devices can navigate the trapway of the toilet and into the drain to push or pull the clog through.
Step 6: If your closet snake isn't long enough, you will likely have to pull the toilet and auger the drain line from the flange. It is best to call a professional in for this (The picture below are roots that were pulled from a line).
Once your clog is cleared with either a plunger, drain snake, or auger, you will want to flush several more times to ensure the clog gets all the way out to the sewer or septic system.
Water Jet vs Cable Machine Cutter
Since the introduction of water jets more than 25 years ago, drain cleaning professionals have pondered this question – do high pressure water jets replace cable drain cleaners?
The answer is yes and no. Traditional cable drain cleaners do a great job of cutting up tree roots and retrieving objects. But when it comes to grease clogs, cables have a difficult time.
Water jets, on the other hand, are ideal for clearing grease choked lines, as well as flushing sand from bellied lines, and melting ice clogs. Jets use a stream of high pressure water that cuts the grease off the walls of the pipe and flushes it away. The thrust of the nozzle drives the hose down the line for wall-to-wall cleaning action.
Electric jets typically offer a maximum of 1500psi at about 2 gpm. Trying to get more pressure from an electric motor runs the risk of pulling too many amps and popping breakers. Better to use a gas-powered jet. You get twice the pressure and flow rate than that of electric jets. It gives you the power to cut through tough stoppages, pull the hose down longer lines, and the flow to flush larger lines clean. Gas jets can also be used to clear indoor drain lines with a portable reel. It lets you use the power of gas jets in buildings and confined spaces where exhaust fumes could be hazardous, while the jets stay safelyoutside.
Beware of trying to convert your pressure washer into a water jet. Jets use vibration to overcome the friction in the pipe and help the hose glide around bends and further down the line. If you don’t have pulse, the hose could get stuck in the pipe.
For more information on what water jets can do for you, watch this video.
American Table of Four
Early September 2015, four of the gentlemen that worked for Maumee Supply from the very beginning (or shortly thereafter) were able to get together for Lunch in Perrysburg at American Table restaurant. From left to right:
Dick Roberts: Dick started at Maumee Supply directly out of high school in 1958. Dick was in charge of inventory management and the Warehouse Manger until he retired in 1988 and moved to Florida with his wife, Judy. Dick was back in town for a book signing event regarding the history of Perrysburg.
George Williams: George's path with Maumee Supply began in 1959 with an investment into the business to become 1/3 partner. Under George's leadership, Maumee Supply grew and transformed, and set the foundation for the business that it is today. George acquired ownership in 1976, and still shares his wisdom and guidance.
Chick Kohl: Chick started at Maumee Supply in 1960 and had various positions around the office - growing to fill positions with Maumee Supply's growth. Chick spent most of his career with Maumee Supply as the Pricing Manager - a large job, considering each item had to be manually priced on every invoice. Chick retired in 1992.
Bernie Roberts: Bernie orginally began his career with Maumee Supply, worked for several years, and then left for a few years to work for Hardy & Dischinger Co. Bernie came back to Maumee Supply in 1987 and worked in estimation, quotations, and purchasing. Bernie retired in 2008.