May 2016

With the always evolving technology in bathroom appliances giving you many selections to choose from, no companies innovative designs and features may be a more sound choice than Toto High Efficiency Toilets, of which the Raleigh professional plumbers at Poole’s Plumbing are an authorized and licensed dealer of.

Toto offers three different choices in their “water innovations” line of High Efficiency Toilets, with all options focus on conveinience and conservation as well. All three of these advanced flushing systems also specializes in keeping your High Efficiency Toilets bowl clean with efficient usage of water. The “Water Innovations” from Toto are:

The Tornado Flush

Using two powerful nozzles to siphon water and by harnessing both the energy of gravity and water, this method efiiciently maximizes cleaning with remarkably efficient water usage. The perks of the Tornado Flush include:

  • Dual-nozzle water propulsion system
  • More Powerful flush
  • 1 gallon or 1.28 gallon per flush
  • Cleaner bowl and less cleaning

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The E-Max System

Usage of an extra-large siphoning jet combined with a wider three inch valve, this system gives you a consistently powerful flush. Not only does the usage of only 1.28 gallons per flush give you great water savings, but the “E-max” is also a very quiet flush. Special features include:

  • Large siphon jet
  • Powerful, quiet flush
  • Pilot-operated fill valve
  • Clean shutoff at any water pressure

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 The 3-D Tornado Flush

The newest innovation that Toto has added to its High Efficiency Toilets, this is described at totousa.com as “ a flushing system not only featuring three powerful nozzles that create a centrifugal, cyclonic rinsing action but also the option of choosing between 0.9 or 1.28 gallons per flush. This technologically-advanced high-efficiency system is remarkably effective, saving you up to 35% more water than the standard 1.6 GPF. The modern hole-free rim design also means that it performs more consistently and is easy to clean.

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For more information on the “Water Innovations” and specific models of Toto High Efficiency Toilets featuring each of the options detailed above, visit the “People Planet Water” section at totousa.com.

The Raleigh professional plumbers at Poole’s Plumbing are the number one water heater specialists across the Triangle area, however, even if you have been enjoying the water savings and convenience of a tankless unit you had installed by us, to ensure you keep your hot water flowing, here are several things that you can do at home to perform important Tankless Water Heater External Maintenance.

As noted in a series of articles which include video instructions at the official Noritz website that can be found here, the first step in your Tankless Water Heater External Maintenance is to do an inspection, visually around the unit. Take a good look to make sure there are absolutely no combustible materials present can help to avoid a future hazard. One thing to look for is any type of discoloring on the outside of your tank and its remote control. Wipe this outside surface first with a wet cloth and then be sure to dry it, as despite being water resistant, your water heater is not waterproof. In cleaning the remote control never use oil or fatty detergents or benzene, as either of these can and will be harmful to it.

Tankless Water Heater External Maintenance

Much like the first simple step above of Water Heater External Maintenance, next, simply listen to your water heater to be certain that you don’t hear any abnormal sounds as the unit is operating. If you do hear something that you find abnormal, it is best to troubleshoot this type issue with one of the water heater specialists at Poole’s.

Checking for leaks in the pressure release valve may seem obvious, but this too is a part of Tankless Water Heater External Maintenance that can help to avoid a larger issue down the road. You will want to open the valve to make sure that it turns off correctly and that everything is working as it should. If you do find a leak or drip in the pressure release valve, it will need to be replaced. A thorough check of all connections to the water heater to make sure everything correctly fits can also help to detect leaks and save on a much larger problem occurring down the road.

If your water heater is a DV condensing model you will want to regularly check for dust or soot that has collected in the exhaust. To do this, you will want to use the end of a screwdriver to remove the screen from the intake valve and check for any type of debris. Before putting it back in, thoroughly clean both sides of the screen with a brush and some water, then allow it to fully dry before placing it back in. This will help to ensure that there can be proper airflow into the system.

Tankless Water Heater External Maintenance is crucial in keeping your flow of hot water steady and plentiful and by following these simple at home tips you will be more likely to catch a potential problem or issue before it becomes disastrous and costly. Our next post will be a second part in doing Tankless Water Heater Maintenance with a focus in that entry on how to maintain the internal area of your unit.

Considering that the main source of water usage in the average home is the toilet, selecting the right model can make a world of difference in regards to its efficiency and as a result, the amount of water that is wasted in your household. Making the decision to have the Raleigh professional plumbers at Poole’s Plumbing install a WaterSense Toilet is not only one that is eco-friendly, but also one that can help you keep your water bill payments to a minimum. 

WaterSense ToiletsIn many homes that do not have a WaterSense Toilet, or one with an older less efficient toilet, up to 6 gallons of water can be used per flush. However, having the experts from Poole’s Plumbing assist you in the installation of a WaterSense Toilet can lead to immediate conservation of water as well as immediate savings on your water bill. According to the official website of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), “recent advancements have allowed toilets to use 1.28 gallons per flush or less while still providing equal or superior performance. This is 20 percent less water than the current federal standard of 1.6 gallons per flush.”

It was also explained on the EPA site that choosing a WaterSense Toilet as a replacement to your old and less efficient model can help the average American family to reduce their toilet’s usage of water by 20 to 60 percent. That averages out to a total savings of almost 13,000 gallons of water annually per home. In financial terms, this would equal out to roughly $110 save each year and $2,200 saved over the lifespan of a WaterSense Toilet. To put into perspective exactly how much water these models save, the EPA website notes that “Nationally, if all old, inefficient toilets were replaced with a Water Sense Toilet 520 billion gallons of water per year, or the amount of water that flows over Niagara Falls in about 12 days.

High performance and water-efficiency are both items, which go into consideration for a toilet wearing the WaterSense label. Toilets wearing the label are available in a wide assortment of prices, and styles from some of the plumbing industry’s most respect names. In addition, many utilities offer rebates and vouchers, which can lower the price of a WaterSense Toilet that is bearing the official WaterSense logo.

For more on WaterSense and the U.S Environmental Protection Agency, visit www.3.epa