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By Bill Lund
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About this project

HydraQuik IsThe World's Fastest and Smartest Hot Water Delivery System and Saves Water!  

  • The HydraQuik gets hot water to your fixtures up to ten times faster than running a faucet.
  • No water gets run down the drain. Save thousands of gallons a year.
  • Program your hot water using the 7 day calendar/timer mode for virtually instant hot water.
  • Can be operated as a temperature controlled circulating system.
  • Set the system to freeze protection mode to protect your pipes from freezing in the winter.
  • World's first smart phone programmable hot water delivery system.
  • View your usage patterns, amount of water you've saved, and the delivered hot water temperatures.(This information can help you save more water and energy)
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Picture of Prototype HydraQuik-U Installed Under Bathroom Sink

Prototype HydraQuik-U Under Bathroom Sink
Prototype HydraQuik-U Under Bathroom Sink

How It Works

When you demand hot water by pushing a button the HydraQuik pump sends the water at high speed to your fixtures. When the hot water reaches the fixture the pump turns off. You now have virtually instant hot water when you turn on the tap.

With homes that have simple looped plumbing systems, or for single locations, the pump would be a HydraQuik-U, and is placed at the fixture furthest from the water heater. (See the animated gif below)

The pump sends the cooled off hot water left in the hot water piping into the cold water line and back to the water heater. When the hot water reaches the pump, the pump shuts off. Now you have almost instant hot water when you turn on the valve. 

HydraQuik Pump Under Sink Installation
HydraQuik Pump Under Sink Installation

The HydraQuik (and HydraQuik-U) has by far the most powerful motor of any of the hot water demand system. It works with any kind of water heater including tankless and solar water heaters.  

With HydraQuik there will be no more standing next to the shower or in front of the sink with your hand in the water waiting for it to get hot while watching precious clean water run down the drain. 

The HydraQuik can also be used to convert a full time circulating system into a demand system, saving enormous amounts of energy. 

In more complex plumbing systems the pump can be located at the water heater and smart valves are placed at each location. (See animated gif below). 

 With this arrangement any number of fixture locations can be served. Hot water will go to the fixture where hot water was requested and to only that fixture. This makes the Hydra-Quick the most energy efficient hot water delivery system on the market. 

When the system is activated the valve under the sink opens, and sends a wireless signal to the pump to turn on. The pump sends water at very high speed to the fixture were the valve is located, and only to that location. When hot water reaches the valve the valve turns off and shuts off the pump. Hot water is now available at the fixture instantly. 

The cooled off hot water in the piping is pumped through the smart valve into the cold water piping and routed back to the pump and water heater. No water gets run down the drain. The HydraQuik just pumps the water in a big circle. 

Typical low-flow fixtures have flow rates of 1 to 2 gallons per minute. The HydraQuik pumps at around 4 to 10 gallons per minute depending on the size and length of the pipe. The HydraQuik pumps up to 10 times as fast as running the hot water faucet full blast, and doesn't run any water down the drain.

Installation: Under the Sink (Smart Valve or HydraQuik)  

When installing the pump under a sink, you can hook it up with supply hoses by putting Ts on the hot and cold lines between the shut off valves and the faucets. That way you don't need to shut off water to the whole house, just shut off the supply valves and hook it up in minutes with hoses. However, this will make the hot water travel more slowly through the piping because of the pressure drop in the small orifices of the supply hoses and valves.

For the fastest hot water delivery follow the directions below.

Remove the angle stops or supply shut off valves from the supply pipes and install T fittings between the supply pipes and the shut off valves.

Connect the remaining port on each T with 5/8" O.D. soft copper tubing and compression fittings to the ports on the valve. 

The hot water T connects to the inlet of the valve, (or pump), and thecold water T connects to the outlet of the valve (or pump).

The valve (or pump) has a set of terminals where you can hook up a start button, or X-10 modules or other home automation modules. 

To activate the pump and/or valve, a momentary contact closure between the terminals is required. Like pushing a doorbell button.

Installation: At the Water Heater:
The inlet of the pump connects to the main source of water, like the water main. The outlet of the pump connects to the inlet of the water heater. The pump can be placed anywhere. The pump will ship with a mounting bracket for placing it on top of the water heater, on a shelf, or on the floor.

The pump requires a 120 volt outlet. You might want to isolate the pump with a couple of ball valves in case you ever need to remove it. The pump inlet and outlet have 1" female NPT threads.

Save Water!

  • Fight the drought with HydraQuik!
    Fight the drought with HydraQuik!

    When operated in the demand system mode the HydraQuik can save a typical family of four up to 10,000 gallons of water or more per year!

    Save Energy!

    HydraQuik Saves Energy Too!
    HydraQuik Saves Energy Too!

    If you turn on the hot water and do something else while you wait for the hot water you typically end up running heated water down the drain wasting energy as well as water.

    Save Money!

    When you save water and energy, you naturally save money.

    The Pump

    The Pump
    The Pump

    The pump is a centrifugal pump designed for boosting water pressure. The pump body is cast iron, pump shaft is stainless steel and the impeller is bronze. The inlet and outlet ports are 1" FNPT. The HydraQuik pump is rated at 750 watts and 1 horsepower.  

    Pump specifications: 
    Maximum flow rate: 14.5 Gallons per minute
    Maximum psi: 64 psi. 

    Pump runs on either 120Volt/60Hz or 240Volt/50hz

    The HydraQuik Smart Valve

    Prototype Smart Valve
    Prototype Smart Valve

    The smart valve is a battery powered circuit board and valve which is located at each fixture where fast hot water is desired. No need for an electrical outlet under the sinks.

    The valve connects the hot and cold water pipes together to form a loop for the pump to send the water around.

    Each smart valve operates as an independent device. When in "demand" mode, and the start button or other activation method activates one of the smart valves, the valve circuitry sends a start signal to the pump, opens the valve, and begins monitoring the water temperature at the pump. 

     When hot water arrives the smart valve closes and sends a stop signal to the motor.

    About Us

    My brothers and I are always looking to minimize the amount of time it takes to receive hot water. 

    When we turn on the shower or a faucet we don’t like waiting for the water to get hot. We also hate wasting water, which is what happens when the hot water has to run for a few minutes before reaching the fixture. 

    Running all that water down the drain is disturbing. That is one of the reasons we are so passionate about the HydraQuik! We are simply fed up with having to wait so long for hot water to arrive at the fixture. In this day and age there should be a solution. 

    Who wants to stand at the shower poking their hand in and out of the stream of water waiting for it to get hot? No one!

    We decided to solve the problem ourselves. We began working on a prototype, and came up with a truly high-speed delivery system. Not satisfied with just a faster demand system, we bestowed the HydraQuik with a host of unique features such as making it programmable via smart phone and making it work with other smart home systems.

    Users can even use their smart phone or tablet to view their own hot water usage patterns, the amount of water being saved, and the hot water temperatures at the fixtures to help them conserve even more water, energy, and money.

    Here are some pictures of our early prototyping and testing in my garage.

    Testing Flow Rates Through 1/2" Copper Tubing
    Testing Flow Rates Through 1/2" Copper Tubing
    Testing With Smart Valve In Circuit
    Testing With Smart Valve In Circuit
    No Room On My Desk For Sam!
    No Room On My Desk For Sam!
    Working on the prototype smart valve circuit
    Working on the prototype smart valve circuit
    Risks and Challanges and Obstacles
    Risks and Challanges and Obstacles
    First test of our first pump...
    First test of our first pump...
    3D Printed Prototype Smart Valve Housing
    3D Printed Prototype Smart Valve Housing
    HydraQuik-U Prototype
    HydraQuik-U Prototype

    What's next?  

    We have manufactured and brought other products to market, and will use this expertise and years of experience to make HydraQuik the most efficient hot water delivery system on the market today.

    We want you to have your HydraQuik as soon as possible, with the highest quality so you can begin saving time water and money while experiencing the convenience of fast efficient hot water delivery.

    Here is our plan to achieve that:

    January:
    Order sample pumps and valves.
    Begin obtaining manufacturing agreements.
    Begin app design.

    February:
    Finalize the designs for the parts and circuit boards.
    Begin UL & FCC code listing process.
    Begin Injection Mold Tooling.
    Evaluate pumps,valves and other components.

    March: 
    Choose final components.
    Order final components.
    Test prototype circuit boards.

    April:
    Manufacture circuit boards.

    May: 
    Begin testing app and other components.

    June:
    Begin injection molding plastic parts.
    Final testing.
    Begin product assembly.

    July: 
    Product assembly.

    August: 
    Begin shipping product.

    HydraQuik backers will receive this stunning fine art print as a digital file created exclusively for their personal use.
    HydraQuik backers will receive this stunning fine art print as a digital file created exclusively for their personal use.

    Pledge $1 or more  

    Limited to 97 backers

    YOU WILL RECEIVE OUR UNDYING GRATITUDE!

    Your support is very much appreciated and your name will be permanently engraved on our website.

    You will receive a stunning digital photo file for your personal use as a digital wall paper or for printing out as a fine art print or poster, created exclusively for HydraQuik backers by John Lund, an internationally recognized and award winning photographer.

    We will keep you up to date on all of the HydraQuik progress.

    Estimated delivery: Aug 2016

    Reward #2 
    Pledge $249 or more 
    Limited to 200 backers.Under Sink Super Early Bird Special

    You get: 

    1 HydraQuik-U Under Sink Unit  
    1 Button for hard wiring
    1 Key fob remote
    You will receive a stunning digital photo file for your personal use as a digital wall paper or for printing out as a fine art print or poster, created exclusively for HydraQuik backers by John Lund, an internationally recognized and award winning photographer. 

    We will keep you up to date on all of the HydraQuik progress.

    Add $25.00 for shipping in the U.S. 
    International shipping not included Retail $399.00 Estimated delivery: Aug 2016Ships anywhere in the world 

    Reward #3
    Pledge $299 or more Limited to 500 backersUnder Sink Early Bird 

    You get:
    1 HydraQuik Under Sink Unit
    1 Button for hard wiring
    1 Keyfob remote
    You will receive a stunning digital photo file for your personal use as a digital wall paper or for printing out as a fine art print or poster, created exclusively for HydraQuik backers by John Lund, an internationally recognized and award winning photographer. 

    We will keep you up to date on all of the HydraQuik progress.

    Add $25.00 for shipping in the U.S. 
    International shipping not included
    Retail $399.00 
    Estimated delivery: Aug 2016 
    Ships anywhere in the world 

    Reward #4 
    Pledge $349 or more Unlimited backers

    You get: 1 HydraQuik Under Sink Unit
    1 Button for hard wiring
    1 Keyfob remote 

    You will receive a stunning digital photo file for your personal use as a digital wall paper or for printing out as a fine art print or poster, created exclusively for HydraQuik backers by John Lund, an internationally recognized and award winning photographer. 

    We will keep you up to date on all of the HydraQuik progress. 
    Add $25.00 for shipping in the U.S.
    International shipping not included  
    Retail $399.00 

    Estimated delivery: Aug 2016 
    Ships anywhere in the world 


    Reward #5 
    Pledge $375 or more Limited to 200 backers

    Standard Super Early Bird You get: 1 HydraQuik Pump 1 Button for hard wiring 1 Keyfob remote 1 App. 1 Smart Valve

    Manufacturers suggested retail price: $750
    For additional valves for covering multiple locations, add $100 per valve to your pledge.
    You will receive a stunning digital photo file for your personal use as a digital wall paper or for printing out as a fine art print or poster, created exclusively for HydraQuik backers by John Lund, an internationally recognized and award winning photographer.
    We will keep you up to date on all of the HydraQuik progress. 

    Add $25.00 for shipping in the U.S. 
    International shipping not included 

    Retail $750 
    Estimated delivery: Aug 2016 
    Ships anywhere in the world 

    Reward #6
    Pledge $450 or more 
    Limited to 500 backers
    Standard Early Bird Special

    You get:
    1 HydraQuik Pump
    1 Button for hard wiring
    1 Keyfob remote
    1 App.
    1 Smart Valve

    For additional valves for covering multiple locations, add $100 per valve to your pledge. 

    You will receive a stunning digital photo file for your personal use as a digital wall paper or for printing out as a fine art print or poster, created exclusively for HydraQuik backers by John Lund, an internationally recognized and award winning photographer. 

    We will keep you up to date on all of the HydraQuik progress. 
    Add $25.00 for shipping in the U.S. 
    International shipping not included 
    Retail $750 
    Estimated delivery: Aug 2016 
    Ships anywhere in the world 

    Reward #7 
    Pledge $525 or more 
    Standard Unlimited

    For additional valves for covering multiple locations, add $100 per valve to your pledge. 

    You will receive a stunning digital photo file for your personal use as a digital wall paper or for printing out as a fine art print or poster, created exclusively for HydraQuik backers by John Lund, an internationally recognized and award winning photographer. 

    We will keep you up to date on all of the HydraQuik progress. 

    Add $25.00 for shipping in the U.S. 
    International shipping not included 
    Retail $750
    Estimated delivery: Aug 2016 
    Ships anywhere in the world 

    Reward #8
    Pledge $550 or more 
    Limited to 100 backers
    Limited Early Bird Special 

    You get:
    1 HydraQuik Pump
    1 Button for hard wiring
    1 Keyfob remote1 App.
    1 Smart Valve
    Manufacturers suggested retail price: $750 

    For additional valves for covering multiple locations, add $175 per valve to your pledge.
    You will receive a stunning digital photo file for your personal use as a digital wall paper or for printing out as a fine art print or poster, created exclusively for HydraQuik backers by John Lund, an internationally recognized and award winning photographer. 

    We will keep you up to date on all of the HydraQuik progress.
    Add $25.00 for shipping in the U.S.
    International shipping not included
    Estimated delivery: Aug 2016
    Ships anywhere in the world 


    Reward #9
    Pledge $650 or more
    Limited to 200 backers

    You get:
    1 HydraQuik Pump
    1 Button for hard wiring
    1 Keyfob remote
    1 App.
    1 Smart Valve
    Manufacturers suggested retail price: $750
    For additional valves for covering multiple locations, add $175 per valve to your pledge. Extra valves come with buttons and keyfobs. 

    You will receive a stunning digital photo file for your personal use as a digital wall paper or for printing out as a fine art print or poster, created exclusively for HydraQuik backers by John Lund, an internationally recognized and award winning photographer. 

    We will keep you up to date on all of the HydraQuik progress.
    Add $25.00 for shipping in the U.S.
    International shipping not included
    Estimated delivery: Aug 2016
    Ships anywhere in the world

    CREDITS:

    A Huge Shout Out to the people who have helped us make our Kickstarter campaign a reality!

    Video Production (and script writing, directing, editing and sound): Chris Faber   http://www.faberproductions.com

    Illustration of Icons Anabelle Roeser http://www.anabelle-roeser.com

    Talent, Photography And Co Founder John Lund http://www.johnlund.com

    Executive Producer And Co Founder Dr. Peter G. Lund 

    Inventor, and Co Founder William J. Lund

  • zzzzSet the system to freeze protection mode to protect your pipes from freezing in the winter.

Risks and challenges

Risks and Challenges

Nothing is worse than a great idea executed poorly, especially one that saves thousands of gallons of water like HydraQuik. Our team is working very hard to ensure the highest quality and function for our Kickstarter campaign and full-scale manufacturing and fulfillment, but here are the risks we see:

MANUFACTURING: We will be using injection molded parts, purchased parts, and will have the circuit boards we designed made and assembled by a third party with a track record for high quality product delivery.

DESIGN AND DEVELOPMENT ADJUSTMENTS: Pre-production prototypes are made to test and refine the product and to allow us to incorporate any design development adjustments, as well as those suggested by experienced manufacturing partners.

Our development work will be focused on making apps, finalizing the circuit design and component choices, and integrating the system with other smart home systems like Wink, Nest, SmartThings and others. Any changes made will be for the benefit of you, the consumer, and we will keep you up to date on how and why any changes are made.

FULFILLMENT: To minimize lead times, we will use our experience in injection molding and tool and die making and established relationships with several tool and die makers and injection molders.

We have designed a number of products where injection molding was needed, and we are quite familiar with all of the things that can go wrong and we will be watching the process closely.

We have plenty of experience with UL Labs, ETL labs, IAPMO and other organizations for obtaining product listings and compliance.

We will be working with manufacturers who are experienced in delivering the high quality products in large quantities.

Obviously there may be surprises along the way, but we are confident that we can quickly resolve any problems that may arise.

The goal of making the best product for you, the HydraQuik customer, is always our top priority.

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