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Ventless Or Vented Gas Logs?

If you are looking to make the switch to a gas log fireplace then one of the first steps is deciding on a vented or ventless (vent free) gas log system.

A Gas Log Fireplace is an easy upgrade to your home that allows for the hassle free starting of fires. In order to use a vented gas log system in your home you must have a pre-existing fully functional wood burning fireplace with a damper system. Ventless gas log systems can be installed in either a traditional wood burning fireplace or in a ventless fireplace that was designed to accommodate aftermarket ventless gas logs.

Vented Gas Log Fireplaces

If you have a functional vented fireplace and are looking for a realistic flame pattern that resembles real wood, then you will probably be happiest with the vented gas log system. Vented gas log systems do not burn the gas cleanly and because of this, they require and open vent to prevent the exhaust fumes from entering your home. One downside to the vented gas log system is that a good portion of your heat escapes up the vent with the exhaust.
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Ventless Gas Log Fireplaces

A ventless, or vent free, gas logs has a specially designed burner system that is able to burn the gas cleanly releasing very little to no exhaust. For this reason, ventless gas logs can be used in a traditional fireplace with the damper closed or in a ventless fireplace designed for ventless gas logs. One clear advantage ventless gas logs have over their vented counterparts is that almost all of the heat produced by the system stays in the room providing a much higher heat output. Because of the clean burning of ventless gas log systems the flame they produce is much smaller and is bluish rather than the realistic yellow that a vented system would produce.

There are many benefits of having a vented or ventless gas log fireplace installed in your home this winter. We offer a wide range gas log fireplaces in Austin, contact us for any questions regarding our service offerings.

For More Info On Our Austin Gas Log Fireplace Installation

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The Rescue Guide To Installing A Bath Fan

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Instructions On Installing A Bath Fan

The bathroom is the worst area in the house for being affected by moist air. If this isn’t taken care of then it can cause mold to grow on the walls. Even in small amounts, mold can be dangerous to some people as they release thousands of spores into the air which can cause problems if you suffer from asthma or allergies. So in order to keep the moisture levels down when the bathroom is in use, it is best to fit a bath ventilation system. To install a bath ventilation system, follow the basic instructions below, but the instructions that come with the vent should give you more details. If you ever need help from a professional plumber or HVAC specialist with your project, then you can always fill out our free estimate form.

Before you start, make sure that you have all the correct tools in place, and everything that came with the ventilator is at hand. This makes sure that you do not waste time looking for things once you have started the job.

Cutting The Hole

3 - Using the Saw

• If you have access to the attic, then place the fan against the joist, mark out its outline, then proceed to cut the opening for the fan.
• If you do not have access, then you will need to use a stud sensor in order to find a joist from within the bathroom. You will then have to cut the hole from there, but the attic is the preferred method.

The vent needs to extract air to the outside. If you vent it anywhere within the house, such as the attic, then you are only moving the moisture around, and mold and mildew can still become a problem.

Fan Attachment

1 - Cutting the Hole2 - Continued Cutting Hole

• Place the fan over the joist, and ensure that it is lined up, then screw it in place. You then need to leave about a 6” gap in the insulation so that it is not near the fan.
• You then need pieces of 2×4 to go between the joists, which blocks the insulation from the fan. These need to be put in place by using lumber screws.

Cutting The Hole In The Roof

4 - Hole From the Roof

• You need to make a hole that is going to be large enough for the tailpipe and roof cap. To do this trace a circle ensuring that it is big enough before cutting.
• Then you need to drill a hole that will be big enough to get a saw blade through. You can then use any saw that you find easy to use on the job, such as a keyhole saw or saber saw.
• The shingles around the cut area need to be removed, but avoid any damage to the roof paper.

Roof Cap Installation

5 - Roof Cap

• The roof cap flange needs to be resting on the shingles, with the top part going underneath the shingles. Put the roofing cement on the cap flange undersize.
• Inserting the cap into the hole, make sure that the upper flange is under the shingles.
• Place roofing cement onto one side of the shingles, and place them around the roof cap.
• Finally attach the flange by using roofing nails, and then use the remaining cement.
• If you are not installing a side vent, then use side clamps to attach the flexible duct between the fan and roof cap, then wrap in duct tape.


7 - Electrical Wiring 8 - Finishing Wiring

• You need to install the wiring if it is not already present, along with the switch. If you are using a 3 way system, with a light and fan, then make sure you use a 3-wire cable. Attach the motor in the receptacle.
• Always make sure that the circuit is correctly grounded.
• Connect the wires to the switch terminals, and other terminal.
• Full instructions for the electrics will be supplied with the fan.

We hope you enjoyed our guide to installing a bath fan. We have lots more great plumbing and HVAC tips on our blog. Also, for information on our services, visit these pages to learn more about our plumbing services and heating services.

Why You Want A Tankless Water Heater

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Advantage of Tankless Hot Water Heating Systems over Traditional Tank Style Systems

Access to hot water is no longer a luxury, it is expected, and what’s more, it’s expected not to run out. Tankless water heaters are truly an excellent way to achieve this result. Why should you switch?

For one thing, tankless water heaters can last up to a decade longer than a traditional tank type heater, and they take up much less room. How does it work? Well, rather than storing hot water in a tank, tankless heaters heat water as you require it. This type of design has long been the standard in parts of Europe, as well as in japan. Until recently, they have not been very popular in the United States. The green movement has helped change that, partly beacuse tankless heaters conserve natural gas. They also save the user a lot of money each year.

Pros and Cons to Tankless Water Heater Systems

Are there any downsides to installing a tankless water heater? There are some to consider, but everything has its pros and cons. Tankless systems usually cost about three times more than a tank heater and require expensive upgrades to your gas line, as well as costly ventilation equipment. However, the money saved in the long run from reduced energy costs as well as its longer lasting service life. Overall, the tankless type water heater will not save you money today, but if you can afford the long view, you’ll be better off for it, and actually save money rather than losing it. Since it is the better of the two systems, should you make the switch today, or should you wait for your traditional water heater to die first? Read on to find out, as we examine the different factors that will help you make an informed decision.

Read this for tips on preparing your water heater for winter. Regardless of the type of water heater you have in your home, we can inspect it, diagnose it, and repair or replace it! If you are having issues with your water heater or are considering installing a new water heater then give us a call at (512) 328-2000.

Austin Home Winterization Tips (Part 3)

Home Winterization Tips to do for Winter

Winterize Your Home to Save Money and Stay Comfortable

Winter is not too far away, and with it comes the cold weather. A great way to prepare is having your heater tuned up, but in addition our professional heating repair and installation team members put together this list of home winterization tips to help you save money and stay warm this winter.

1. Boost Your Insulation

While it may not seem like the most important thing to do, boosting your insulation can save you a lot of energy and a lot of money over the course of a year. Just a few more inches of insulation in those walls, the attic floor area and the basement ceiling will go far in saving you money and keeping your home more comfortable.

In many cases, the federal government is able to reimburse you the home owner up to thirty percent of the cost or $1500 for the highly efficient insulation types. Also, households who qualify as low income can average $6,500 worth of improvements when weatherizing their homes through various government programs. Check with your local energy agencies to find out what you may qualify for and sign up for them quickly as often they have limited funding available.

2. Insulate All of Your Pipes

You’ll pay less for your hot water if you insulate your pipes. You can also lessen the possibility of your pipes freezing in the winter by insulating them. If you’re pipes are warm to the touch, they are good candidates for being insulated. You can also check and see if your hot water heater is warm to the touch to see if it needs to be insulated. Read this post for more tips on preparing your water heater for winter.

Pre slit foam pipes are available at most local hardware stores. Simply cut it to fit and fasten it with some duct tape and you’re pipes and water heater are fully insulated. Always try to select the insulation with the largest R value. This is a measure of how much heat or cold blocking power the insulation has. Pipe insulation is generally R3. Batt style insulation is usually at least an R7.

Again, you can often be reimbursed for your work on your home through many federal agencies. Be sure to check with your local agencies to see what you may qualify for in reimbursements. Every penny counts and it certainly can’t hurt to try.

3.  Seal All Ducts

Deep in your homes infrastructure, you’ll encounter some ductwork. A lot of hot and cold air escapes via this route. It can really save you a lot of money if you hire a professional to take a look at your duct system and test it to see if you have any leaks. A properly sealed duct system can save you up to $140 annually as per the American Solar Energy Society. You’ll also have a better protection against molds and dust.

Check with your local utility company regarding any incentive programs for duct work improvement. Be cautious however of CHEAP duct cleaning services. Most homes in our area can use a duct inspection to determine if cleaning is necessary. But the duct cleaning service should be professional and thus not cheap.

Check on the federal level as well for incentive programs and weatherization programs for your home as well.

4. Take Your Tax Credits

There are many lucrative tax credits available to assist you in your renewable energy and your energy efficiency projects.

Local, state and federal incentives all exist to assist people in using efficient windows and doors. Insulation and roofing materials are also frequently covered. There are many incentives available also for such items as water heaters, solar water heaters, alternative energies and more so always ask and find out before you buy anything.

You can learn more about local incentives simply by searching a database of State Incentives for Renewable Energy and Efficiency.

We hope our heating professionals shared some helpful tips for you to prepare your home for the cold season this winter. For more tips, checkout the other posts we wrote on winterizing your home: keep warm this winter part 1 and winterization tip part 2.

Benefits of Furnace Replacement Services

Lennox Gas Furnace

How Old Is Your Furnace? Is it Efficient?

There are many different ways to determine whether you need a simple furnace repair to get your heating system in good working order again or should consider furnace replacement services. The age of your furnace is the first indicator of whether to continue spending money on repairs or invest in new furnace installation. If your furnace is more than 15 years old, it’s a good idea to start shopping for a new, more energy efficient unit. Steadily increasing gas and electric bills can be another indicator that your furnace is no longer able to provide heat efficiently and is costing you more and more money. If the blower on your furnace seems to run excessively and you start hearing strange popping, banging or whirring noises on a regular basis, it may be time to consider replacing your old furnace with a new unit.

Quality Furnace Replacement Services

Drain & Air Rescue specializes in providing quality furnace replacement services when it’s time to upgrade to a new and more energy efficient heating system. Our technicians are very experienced at determining whether performing a repair job is the best, most cost effective solution for a homeowner or if we can help advise them on the best investment they can make for upgrading their heating capabilities with a new, energy efficient furnace.

When you hire Drain & Air Rescue to perform furnace replacement services, you have the peace of mind in knowing you are hiring professional experts who will get the job done quickly, efficiently and at the most reasonable price. As experts in the heating field, we can recommended a new furnace replacement that will suit the needs of your household for many years to come. After we install your new furnace, you will notice more reasonable gas or electric bills, cleaner air inside your home that eliminates allergies and other breathing problems, in addition to enjoying more consistent heat when and as you need it.

Don’t run the risk of having your old furnace fail you during the coldest time of the year. Call Drain & Air Rescue today for a free evaluation on whether now is the best time to invest in furnace replacement services, (512) 328-2000.

Austin Heating Pro Shares Winterization Tips (Part 2)

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Easy Home Winterization Projects

It is going to get cold in Austin Texas, soon! The weather has already begun to change. Aside from having a heater tune-up you should consider the following helpful tips to stay warm this Winter. These winterization tips come from the best Austin Heating professionals and will save you money while keeping you comfortable.

Window Draft Snake1. Be A Draft Dodger

Drafts can waste from five to thirty percent of energy used in a home. In the great depression they came up with all sorts of great ways to dodge drafts and keep their homes warmer. One of these was the draft snake. Simply put, a rolled up towel stuffed under a drafty door. You can also make a more attractive draft snakes with some fabric scraps or neckties filled with sand, rice or kitty litter. Don’t forget to add googly eyes and a piece of red felt for the tongue. Kids will love this craft project and you can stuff them under doors and windows to stop those cold drafts from pouring into your home. Make several and put them in all the windows and under all of the doors in your home. While you’re at it read this post on keeping warm this winter part 1 for more simple tips like this one.

furnace filter replacement2. Change Your Furnace Filter

Change your furnace filter monthly during peak heating season. A dirty filter will restrict the airflow and demand more energy to run your furnace. Mark it on your calendar and make it a part of your annual winter preparation routine. Many people use a permanent filter to reduce waste. A disposable filter will only trap ten to forty percent of the bacteria such as mold, viruses and pollens that can cause you to be sick. An electrostatic filter will trap approximately eighty eight percent and will help to control this bacteria much better. For an average cost of $50 to $1000 or more you can be done with bacteria forever. You could also use a HEPA filter which should remove up to ninety nine percent of the airborne particulates. Make sure you get one that is properly energy rated from the Department of Energy.

Make sure your furnace is up to date. While this may cost more, it will certainly save you a lot of money in the long run with less furnace repairs and a much more efficient fuel burning system. You could actually wind up saving thousands in your heating costs over the year. If your furnace is outdated, update it now before winter sets in and sucks away your energy.

reverse fan circulates heat3. Run Your Fan In Reverse

If you have a ceiling fan, run it in reverse in the winter. Fans that run counter clockwise produce cooler air while fans that run clockwise produce warmer air. Warmer air nearest the ceiling (remember, warm air rises) can then be re circulated into the house which can thus reduce your heating costs by as much as ten percent.


draining water lines for winter4. Winterize Air Conditioning Units and Water Lines

Save yourself some money and wear and tear on your air conditioning and water lines. Drain all hoses and air conditioners prior to the winter season. Shut off water when necessary.

Seal off cold drafty areas in and around water lines and air conditioning units while you’re at it. Put the outside cover on your air conditioning unit and make sure it’s secure and that it blocks the cold air flow into your home. If it doesn’t, adjust it so that it does, remove the unit or invest in a better more secure cover that blocks the cold air flow. New air conditioners can often be reimbursed up to thirty percent of the overall cost or up to $1500 depending upon the unit and the tax breaks available each year. Don’t forget to winterize your water heater.

There you have it. Four simple ways to help keep your home warm this winter and avoid paying too much for Austin heating services. If you do find yourself in need of a heating professional we are your heating company. Give us a call at (512) 328-2000 and we will schedule you right away. We can repair, maintain, tuneup, and replace any heating system or furnace. We also service gas log fireplaces with repairs and installs.

The Rescue Guide to Installing a Thermostat

Installing a new programmable thermostat can save you hundreds of dollars in your heating costs annually. If you’re looking to save money on your heating costs, this is one of the most cost effective methods you can use. Thermostats are becoming more and more advanced and capable of reducing your HVAC systems energy usage substantially.

Nest makes the learning thermostat, a thermostat that is designed to learn your home and system to optimally regulate temperatures and energy usage. Because Nest makes such a great product, we recently took the steps to become Nest Certified. So, now we are officially your Austin ac company to install, service, and repair Nest learning thermostats.

Our Guide to Installing a Thermostat

Nest Thermostat

Here it is, our quick guide to installing a new thermostat. Written by your professionals at Austin Drain & Air Rescue, we hope you enjoy this guide – and for you DIYers out there – are able to put it to good use! When you shop for your new programmable thermostat you’ll want to make sure that it is compatible with your system. There are a few different types and you’ll want to make sure you purchase the one that works best with your heating system.

1 - Remove The Thermostat Coverplate1 Remove Your Thermostat’s Coverplate

To start, you’ll need to shut off the power for your heating and cooling system. Now remove the cover plate on your thermostat. Carefully remove the old thermostat using the appropriate screwdriver.



2 - Dismount Your Thermostat2 Dismount Your Thermostat

You will now unscrew the thermostat mounting hardware and remove the body of the thermostat. Be sure to label the wires accordingly so that when you go to put it back on you connect things accurately. Use an indelible marker in the same color on the connectors and on the wires to ensure that you have this correct.



3 - Remove the Base of Thermostat3 Remove The Base Of The Thermostat

Remove the base of the thermostat in the same fashion. Now tape the wires to the wall so that they won’t slip back into the wall (this can cause hours of frustration if they do).

Now that you have the old thermostat removed you are ready to install the new one. Please note, if you are in doubt of which type of thermostat to purchase, take the old one with you when you buy the new one.



Completed Thermostat Installation4 – Installing Your New Thermostat

To install the new thermostat you’ll be threading the low voltage wiring through the base of the new thermostat unit. Mount this to the thermostat and the base along the wall with the screws in the new thermostat kit. You will basically be doing what you did to remove the old thermostat in reverse. Mount the wiring to the new unit and follow the diagram for installation in the owners manual. Check that all screws are secure in your wiring and attaching. Now you’re ready to install the battery or batteries to the thermostat. Attach the body of the base to the thermostat itself.

Now that you have all of the steps accomplished, you can turn the power back on to your heating and cooling system. Now follow the instructions in your new thermostat manual and program it as desired. Your new thermostat should be ready to go and your heating cooling system should function as desired.

(Image credits: The Home Depot)


We hope you enjoyed our guide to installing a thermostat. Follow these 4 steps and you can have your thermostat installed in under an hour! Still looking for the perfect thermostat to install? Click here to shop our programmable thermostats.

Keep Warm This Winter by Weatherizing Your Home part 1

Winterization Home Tips

Simple Projects To Get Your Home Ready For The Winter

We are always looking for ways to save money. What better way to save money this Winter by performing a few small tasks below, that will also make sure you stay warm and comfy! Our Austin heating repair and installation team will be sharing more great tips like these all Winter long to make sure your home is Winter weatherized.
Nest Thermostat

1. Keep An Eye On The Thermostat

When you are leaving the building, make sure that you either turn down or turn off the heat. Between 50 to 70 percent of energy cost of a typical household goes toward heating and cooling expenses. There is no reason to keep the heat on when there is no one in the house to enjoy it. So, it makes financial sense to turn off the heat when you leave. If you turn down the heat just by one degree, you can reduce your heating cost by one to three percent. You can also go the easy route and use a thermostat that is programmable. With a one-time, $50 investment, you can save about $180 a year. Homes in certain geographic regions have smart meters installed by the utility company. This is part of the federal government’s investment into smart grids. You can contact your utility company about it.
Plastic Window Insulation Sheets

2. Use Plastic Window Insulation

Consider applying window insulation to your windows. These special plastic sheets serve as an additional barrier against the external temperatures and will improve your windows’ ability to prevent heat loss. These only cost several dollars and are virtually invisible when applied correctly. You also have the option of hiring a contractor to install the more advanced “low-e” film to your glass. If your house is old and the original windows are still there, you should consider upgrading them to energy-efficient ones. You may qualify for a credit on your federal taxes that gives you back 30 percent of the cost, up to a maximum of $1,500. Check the rate for the current tax year.

Trendil Home Energy Monitor3. Get An Energy Monitor

An energy monitor measures how much electricity the household is currently using and can forecast what your energy bill will be for the month. Studies have shown that people who used this device made a conscious effort to cut down on energy consumption. A model like The Energy Detective costs roughly $139. The manufacturer said that you can see typical savings of 15 to 20 percent during each billing cycle. You can identify the energy wasters and reduce their usage. Over the course of a year, this can add up to several hundred dollars in savings.

heating and furnace tuneup4. Get A Heater Tune Up

All heating systems, whether a heat pump, a gas boiler, a furnace, or a gas log fireplace can benefit performance-wise from an inspection and tuneup. Additionally, this is good for the safety of your home. By getting your heating system tuned up in the Fall, you can save money on your electric bill all Winter, avoid costly repairs, and ensure comfort ALL Winter long. There you go, 4 simple ways to save money and stay warm this winter. We hope you enjoyed these tips and are thinking up a good time to get started on the projects! While you are winterizing your home here are some steps to make sure your water heater is winterized properly.

Our Guide: How To Install A PEX Plumbing System

How To Install PEX Tubing by Austin Drain & Air Rescue

PEX pipe is the new standard in plumbing pipe technology as it performs better than copper, steel, or PVC.  Go here to learn more about the benefits of PEX pipes. We are always happy and prepared to help you with your PEX plumbing installation if you’d like a professional plumbing job performed.

Although this is a rather advanced plumbing job, if you are interested in upgrading your old copper or steel galvanized pipes and doing it yourself, here is a professional How-To Guide for you.

Step 1: Drill Through The Sill Plate and The Stud

1 - Drill Through the Stud and Sill Plate

Position the drill bit upon the stud, start the drill slowly, and allow the drill to gradually increase speed.

Proceed to drill on through the sill plate as well as the sub flooring for each individual water line. In order for the pipe to run parallel to the floor, be sure that you are drilling each hole at the same level when you are drilling through the stud.

Step 2: Running The Water Lines

2 - Run the Water Lines

As soon as you are finished drilling the holes, the water lines can be run. The lines will come through the floor in most instances. However, there will be situations where the water lines will have to be placed across the wall studs. In the case of the pipes running through the studs, you have to be certain that the holes are drilled in the center. In this way, the nails or the screws won’t reach to the pipes and they won’t receive any damage.

Note: Just an extra precaution – The examples show the recommendation of using a nail plate. The nail plate is a flat piece of steel that has tacks on both ends. Just line up the nail plate so that when nails or x crews come through, they can’t penetrate to do any damage to the pipes.

Step 3: Pull and Secure The Water Lines

3.1 - Pull and Secure the Lines 3.2 - Pull and Secure the Lines

The lines can now be pulled up through the holes that were drilled in the sub-floor (See Image 1), and after that you can run the opposite end to the spot where the water will be entering the home. Make certain that you are leaving extra pipe at either end.

Now, you can fasten the line to the joists by using clamps (See Image 2). Separate the cold and the hot lines as best as you can, to minimize the transfer of heat.

Some slack should be maintained in the line in order to compensate for contraction and expansion in the line itself, and be sure that you label the line at both ends.

Step 4: Complete The Rough Stub Outs

Now is the time to complete the rough stub outs for each of the sinks. This procedure simply involves the installation of a specialized copper fitting that adapts to the PEX. Take note that there is a cap at the end, called a rough fitting. This enables you to charge up the system with water or air, just to make the test to determine if you have any leaks in the system. Once you have the walls up, the cap can be cut off and the finish valves can then be installed.

Tip: When you are roughing in the lines, it is best to use a right-angle drill with a paddle bit or an auger bit.

Step 5: Applying The Crimps

5 - Apply Crimps

The most crucial part of the project is the crimps. The system could leak and real problems down the line can be the result, if the crimps are not properly applied. There are actually two brands of crimping tools. The workability of both of them is very much the same, except that one is more for heavy-duty work. If you find that you are doing a lot of crimps, use the heavy-duty tool.

In order to achieve the perfect crimp, begin by cutting the PEX, being sure that it is a straight cut. Onto the pipe, you then slip a crimp ring, and then slide the pipe right into the fitting. Look for the little shoulder on the fitting, as it is on all of them – and that is exactly where the PEX should be slid. Then you can use your fingers, or you can use a pair of slip-joint pliers and slide the crimp ring up. When it is between a 1/8” and ¼” or closer to the end of the pipe, you will know that it is in position. Now, pay close attention, because this step is vital to be sure that leak-free crimps are achieved. Be sure that the crimp is no further than a ¼” or closer than 1/8” to the end. Then completely cover the crimp ring with the crimping tool, and then close the jaws on the tool as tight as you possibly can.

Step 6: Time To Rough In The Lines

Now you can rough in the lines to a fixture. The PEX piping won’t allow you to solder around it, so you can use a fitting that is called a PEX 90. This fitting will sweat right into place on a mixing valve, and once the soldering cools, the PEX water line may be safely connected to it.

Remember that disassembling a mixing valve before it is soldered is crucial. Any parts that might be affected by the heating of the torch should be removed. You can use standard techniques for the soldering of the valve and the fittings.

Step 7: Position the Fittings and Solder

7 - Position the Fittings and Solder

The fittings are positioned so they are both face down when hanging the valve in place. Then solder them into their proper position. Let the valve cool completely before installing it.

Step 8: The Connecting of The Water Lines

8 - Connect the Water Lines

Bring the water lines up from the crawlspace and connect them to the manifold. The manifold is positioned above eyelevel, and then the top mounting is screwed to the studs. When you are sure that it is level and secure, attach the manifold to the bracket using the screws that are supplied by the manufacturer. Then you may install the bottom bracket to the manifold, making sure that it is plumb. Then the bracket can be mounted to the studs.

Step 9: Marking and Drilling The Holes

The template is aligned to the manifold on the studs and marks the each hole with a nail, or just drill into it directly. Continue until you have drilled all of the holes. It may be necessary to take down the manifold to avoid damaging it while drilling.

Step 10: Positioning the Ball Valves

10.1 - Position the Ball Valves 10.2 - Position the Ball Valves

Mount the manifold where all of the holes are drilled and attach the PEX ball valves to the manifold. Find the port by reaching up, and screw it into place. Bring one of the lines up to the valve, ensuring that a shut-off valve is available for each fixture.

Once the ball valves are in place, the PEX lines can be pulled up for attachment, while you are being very careful not to kink them. Connect your PEX lines to the ball valves that you just mounted. There you go, you just installed your very own PEX pipe system!

(Image credits for all images in this post go to The Home Depot.)

We hope that our guide has been informative and helpful to those DIYers out there who wanted to take on this big of a plumbing project for themselves. If you would like professionals to install your PEX pipe system then view our plumbing services or request your free estimate now. You can reach us by phone 24/7 at (512) 328-2000.

Winterize Your Water Heater With Our Maintenance Service!

Austin Water Heater Service From Drain & AirProper water heater maintenance will greatly reduce your risk of breakdown this cold season.

Don’t get stranded without hot water this winter, call Drain & Air Rescue for water heater maintenance service and we will have your unit running like new. Sometimes we forget about our water heater until it breaks and we are stuck with cold water. Let us help you avoid that frustrating situation with our professional water heater servicing. Our team of expert plumbers know water heaters inside and out and are able to perform maintenance on any make or model water heater. So if you want some extra confidence that you won’t be forced to take a freezing cold shower some morning as the result of a water heater breakdown, call on us and we will make sure your water heater is ready when you need it.

Our Water Heater Services Will Improve Performance & Decrease Energy Usage

When you call on us for water heater services, you will be connected with an expert plumber that will show up on time, treat you with kindness & respect, and get the job done right. Our water heater maintenance and repair services all focus on improving the performance of your water heater. We will provide a water heater flush service which will reduce sediment levels in your tank. We also make sure that the water heater in your home is the right capacity for your plumbing system and family’s water usage and that your unit is set to the optimal temperature to balance performance & efficiency.

Upgrade Your Unit Or Switch To A New Tankless Water Heater

There are several ways you can upgrade your existing tank water heater such as a thermal expansion tank for protection or a hot water recirculator for almost instant hot water from your tap. A thermal expansion tank protects your water heater from reaching to high of a pressure and can improve the efficiency of this valuable appliance. Hot water recirculators are not very well known but are a great way to improve the responsiveness of your hot water delivery.

Another option for improved performance is a switch to a new tankless water heater. These units take up far less space and have reduced chances of failure. Tankless water heaters delivers instant hot water to your fixtures as soon as it flushes the cooler water that is just sitting in your pipes. Because these units don’t have a tank that an run out of hot water, you won’t have to worry about being the last one to take a shower for fear of no hot water. This “on-demand” hot water is a great improvement from the traditional water heaters and is worth every penny!

Drain & Air Rescue Knows Water Heaters!

We have professional and friendly plumbers that perform water heater maintenance, repair, or replacement. So whether you are looking for preventative maintenance or need water heater Rescue, you can count on us!

(512) 328-2000


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