June 2013

Moen Arbor With MotionSense Kitchen Faucet

by raleigh plumbers on June 28, 2013

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The Arbor with MotionSense kitchen faucet from Moen is designed with ease of use and water conservation in mind thanks to its MotionSense technology. The MotionSense faucet head senses your hands via the ready sensor at the base of the faucet and activates water flow automatically, allowing a hands-free control that pays dividends when using soap and lathering up. Water flow doesn’t begin until the lathering process is complete, and soap and water spots stay off the faucet thanks to the hands-free control. Common, everyday kitchen tasks are made easier and more efficient with a MotionSense faucet installed. Additionally, the faucet’s sensor combined with its eco performance design minimizes water use and helps cut down on yearly water bills.

The chrome finish of the Arbor with MotionSense kitchen faucet blends well with any interior decor, and the one-handle lever design further simplifies the faucet by allowing for one-handed manual adjustment of the water stream. The slick design of the pull-downspout allows for a movable, adjustable spray head that’s ideal for cleaning pots and pans.

Moen’s MotionSense faucet also sports the following additional features:

  • Reflex system for secure docking of the pull-down spray head
  • Pause function that allows for quick stoppage of water flow from the faucet head
  • Aerated stream for normal cleaning
  • Power rinse for heavier cleaning
  • Single hole mount that streamlines design
  • Compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) specifications
  • 5 year warranty on digital components and a limited lifetime trim warranty

Thinking of installing a Moen MotionSense Kitchen Faucet yourself? Watch this how to install a MotionSense Kitchen Faucet video by Moen.

How Does a Water Softener Work?

by raleigh plumbers on June 15, 2013

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Water softeners perform an “ion swap” procedure within the water in order to achieve softening. The harmful excess calcium and magnesium ions that create water hardness are swapped out with sodium ions, restoring the quality of the water. Sodium most often works for this purpose because sodium “plays nice” with soap and doesn’t react poorly when other elements are introduced. Generally, the amount of sodium that accumulates within your water as a result of this softening process is of no concern and lies far below the FDA’s “very low sodium” classification.

How Ion Swapping Works. A tank full of negatively charged polystyrene beads are bonded to the positively charged sodium ions. The sodium ions “swap” with the harmful magnesium and calcium ions as the water rushes by the beads. Eventually and after numerous cycles however, the sodium within the polystyrene beads is completely replaced by the calcium and magnesium, and the water softening unit can no longer perform its duties without a regeneration cycle. Salt is added back into the water softener to begin this cycle, and the beads are soaked in this solution of salt and water. The beads are regenerated with the proper levels of sodium and any excess solution flows out of the water softener through a drainpipe.

While most home water softeners utilize polystyrene beads, not all determine when it’s necessary to regenerate in the same way. Some water softeners utilize a mechanical water meter that begins the regeneration cycle only when the ratio of existing water to sodium requires activation.  Other water softeners operate on a regular, timed schedule due to electric timers, and some instead simply use a computer that begins the regeneration cycle when it deems enough water use has transpired.

GeoSpring™ Hybrid Water Heater

by raleigh plumbers on June 14, 2013

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The GeoSpring hybrid water heater from General Electric features a 50-gallon unit capacity that has been designed to provide the same hot water recovery as a standard 50-gallon electric water heater with a 65 gallons first hour rating. Not surprisingly, GE’s device also features an ease of install that mimics the electrical and water connections standard electric water heaters offer. However, this is where the similarities end and the benefits begin.

Unlike standard electric water heaters in the 50-gallon range, GE’s GeoSpring hybrid water heater uses as much as 62% less energy. DOE (Department of Energy) test procedures reveal the unit can save as much as $325 each year in expenses in comparison to these standard 50-gallon tanks (4879 kWh per year vs. the GeoSpring’s 1830 kWh per year). Additionally, the GeoSpring hybrid water heater features a 3 to 14 day “vacation setting.” Vacation settings are only found in newer, modern water heaters and allow for further energy savings by allowing the operator to activate the special energy-saving setting when they plan on leaving the house for an extended stay.

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The free-standing GeoSpring hybrid water heater is ENERGY STAR Qualified and also features a First Hour Rate (FHR) of 65 gallons, a LED control panel, washable air filter, and a 10-year limited parts warranty and 1-year limited labor warranty. The GeoSpring hybrid water heater operates at a quiet 55 DBA Average and bears dimensions (HxWxD) of 60 1/2 in x 21 3/4 in x 22 1/4 in. It is assembled in the USA.


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