Considering a New Water Heater? Here’s Why You Need to Perform a Home Water Survey First

If you’ve found yourself dealing with hot water issues recently, you can rest easy knowing that you’re not alone. Plenty of homeowners in the greater Cherry Hill, NJ area struggle with water that goes cold during a shower or takes seemingly forever to heat up, yet few actually take the time to do something about it. It may be time for a new water heater, but with both tankless water heaters and tank-based systems getting an equal share of the market, how do you know which is right for your home?

Every situation is unique, which is why there’s no better way to determine the right fit for your home than with a home water survey.

What is a Home Water Survey?

Many people have never heard of the home water survey, but it’s actually one of the best ways to improve energy efficiency and comfort when setting out to purchase a new water heater. Essentially, a home water survey is a house-call made by a professional who takes a close look at how water is currently being utilized within the home. Once an assessment has been made, you are provided with recommendations for reducing waste and improving efficiency.

In some cases, this means discovering active leaks throughout the home, identifying poor water usage habits or replacing your current water heater with a new unit. Without performing a water survey, you’ll never truly know whether or not there’s room for improvement.

Typical Water Survey Questions

While the home water survey is typically straightforward, it does help to have an idea of what to expect. A plumbing expert will most likely ask you some variation on the following questions:

  • How many bathrooms are in your home?
  • Do you have a soaker tub? How often does it get used?
  • How many showers do you have?
  • Do multiple people take showers at the same time?

Answers to these and other questions can help a specialist determine exactly what type of water heater will work best as a replacement. While tankless water heaters will be a good fit for some owners, others will benefit more from installing a new tank-based system—it all depends upon the results of the home water survey.

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Tankless and tank-based systems both come along with their own sets of pros and cons—one isn’t necessarily better than the other, depending upon factors influencing water use within the home.

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