As a homeowner or tenant in Australia, you probably have a continuous flow water system already installed in your house or flat. But what is it and why does it matter?
Say you’re taking your morning shower, but your spouse or child decides to use hot water at the same time. All of a sudden, your hot, refreshing shower goes cold because the hot water has ‘run out’. Not an ideal situation. This is where continuous flow water systems help.
What is a Continuous Flow Water System?
A continuous flow water system (sometimes called ‘instantaneous’) is a system powered by electricity, gas, or LPG which heats water in your home, building, or business. Hotels and fitness centres may use a dozen or more systems to provide customers with constant, on-demand hot water no matter the demand.
Without a continuous flow water system, your hot water’s limited to the size of the tank. That may be fine if you live alone in a small, enclosed space and don’t mind less than five minutes of hot shower time, but for most of us, we’re going to need a lot more than that. So it’s either install a bigger storage tank (expensive) or install continuous flow water systems (ideal).
As opposed to the hot water storage system, which stores a given quantity in litres of hot water for later use, these systems do not store any water at all and instead work by maintaining heat as the water passes from the storage system to your showerhead, sink faucet, or wherever else it’s needed.
What Do I Need to Know About Continuous Flow Water Systems?
Most of the time, all you really need to care about is that your continuous flow water system is giving you that constant stream of hot water when you need it, without delay. All’s well and good until it isn’t, however.
Should your continuous flow water system encounter any problems, you’ll likely feel the direct results pretty immediately. Although many robust models exist on the Australian market, none are impervious to faults, which requires the assistance of a qualified plumber that’s capable of working with these systems such as Endeavour Plumbing.
How Can Plumbers Help With Continuous Flow Water Systems?
Plumbers generally help with two main tasks when it comes to continuous flow water systems: installation and maintenance.
Proper installation is important since most homes in Victoria choose electric-powered continuous flow water systems. Water and electricity aren’t something you want to mix on your own, so choose a reputable plumber to assist with a professional installation.
The second task, maintenance, ensures that your continuous flow water system is functioning well and without fault for years to come. Failure to have your system maintained can lead to high energy bills and potentially put your home at risk in the event of a leak.
Endeavour Plumbing in Melbourne specialise in the installation and maintenance of continuous flow water systems. Our three main areas of expertise include: electric, gas, and solar systems, but we can also expertly provide assistance with storage tanks as well should you require these services.
Get in touch with us today to learn more about our services and how we can keep the taps (and showerheads) running hot day after day.