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Expansion Vessel

An expansion vessel or expansion tank is a sort of tank that is used on the plumbing systems of some houses. This tank is situated in such a way as to relieve water pressure when the pressure rises to a point where it could damage the plumbing. If the expansion vessel is used the right way, it can be very effective in aiding this cause, and can save you a lot of trouble on your plumbing.

If installed correctly, these tanks are quite hassle free, and you will likely not even think of them again once you have gotten one installed. Here are some things that you should know prior to searching for the right expansion vessel or tank for your house.

First, nothing can take the place of a good book on expansion vessels if you are interested in having one installed in your home. You cannot possibly fathom how much you can learn from a good book on the subject. You will learn enough to be able to start shopping, which is a very important step.

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These books can be found online, or in your local building supply store. You can also go the home improvement section of your local bookstore to look for a book on expansion tanks. Try to find a book that is pretty current, so that you can keep out-dated information to a minimum.

Once you have gotten and read a book on the subject, you are ready to go shopping. Start looking at local building supply stores in your area, or even on the internet. Also be on the lookout for a good plumber who you can talk to.

 

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Unless you are really into home improvement, or a professional plumber, you should consider hiring someone to do this job for you. It is not an impossibly hard procedure, but it is a bit delicate. You should at least consult a professional before attempting to install an expansion tank by yourself.

Make sure that your expansion tank is well insulated, no matter who installs it. Your plumber should insulate it if it is going to be exposed to outside weather. This means that if it is located in the roof, the basement, or in close to an outside wall, it should be insulated. If not, cold air can cause the expansion tank to freeze in the winter-time, leading to plumbing damage from freezing. So, make sure to talk to your plumber about insulating the expansion vessel. 

 

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How big of an expansion vessel you will need really depends a lot on your home, how much pressure there is, etc. A good book, or even better, a professional plumber, will tell you this after just a brief inspection of your home. You may even be able to find this out over the telephone, though most plumbers will probably want to take a look at your system before recommending a unit to buy.

 

The video above provides helpful tips on fitting expansion vessels.

 

Remember that plumbing is not rocket science, and a lot of houses use the same kind of standard-sized expansion vessels. However, just in case your house is an exception, professional instruction is the best way to find out.

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