December 2017

Save with Energy Efficient Technology from Kohler

by raleigh plumbers on December 26, 2017

Raleigh NC plumbers, Poole’s Plumbing specializes in bringing you the latest innovations for all of your plumbing needs, using the newest product from the most trusted names in the industry, including Kohler, which has introduced many convenient and efficient advances in their huge line of faucet choices for your home.

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A great kitchen faucet can help you to get the small things you need done and move on to the things that really matter, and with some of the new features on a variety of the latest offerings from Kohler can get you on your way to an easier time in the kitchen. On new feature is Kohler’s “Sweep Spray.” According to Kohler.com, this features “specially angled nozzles that create a forceful blade of water designed to sweep away stuck-on food from your dishes. With the push of a button, your faucet’s standard stream spray transforms to a powerful stream that makes kitchen clean up a breeze.”

Another great new feature on many Kohler model faucets, available through the most trusted name in Raleigh NC Plumbers,  is the “DockNetik Magnetic Docking System.” This is described at their website as “pull-down kitchen faucets that have specially positioned magnets within the faucet body. These magnets securely lock the spray head into place when you are not using it, preventing the spray head from dropping.”

The Raleigh NC plumbers at Poole’s Plumbing are a licensed dealer of all Kohler faucets and products in addition to the latest innovative items from many other of the most trusted names in plumbing. For more information on faucets featuring the “Sweep Spray” and “DockNetik Magnetic Docking System,” as well as the models that these features are available on check out their website at www.us.kohler.com under “Faucet Innovations.”

Keeping an Eye on Your Water Heater

by raleigh plumbers on December 16, 2017

The most trusted name in water heater installation and maintenance in the Raleigh area are the professionals’ plumbers at Poole’s Plumbing. In addition to always being available to give you advice on which type unit may serve you best, the pros at Poole’s also want to remind you of the importance of keeping up with the simple maintenance of your water heater to be sure to avoid any problems that may leave you “ice cold” one morning in the shower.

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Performing maintenance on your water heater is highly unlikely to be on the top of your weekend to-do list, but proper maintenance at critical junctures in the life of your water heater can often save the headache of complete replacement — not to mention spare you the task of some serious water cleanup.

Some signs that will tell you its time to have your water heater checked:

  1. Water coming from the heater that appears rusty or brown is typically an indicator of impending water heater failure. Similarly, if the water smells unusual or “metallic” it is another giveaway that your water heater has seen better days. Check the water emerging from your water heater and determine whether its quality has been affected in the aforementioned ways. If you’re wary of tasting the water, a sniff test should suffice.
  2. Sediment within your water heater’s water is another indicator your heater’s condition is rapidly deteriorating.  This often occurs from mineral build up over time on the bottom of the heater’s tank.
  3. Loud pops coming from your water heater are not normal. Also, be sure to monitor for any sounds that crop up that did not previously emanate from the device. Such sounds should be treated as anomalies and may be a symptom of the aforementioned mineral buildup. This buildup will usually lead to failure in the short-term.
  4. A symptom of internal water heater failures is leaking water. If water begins noticeably leaking from your heater, disconnect the unit and consider immediate replacement. Do not hesitate to replace your heater in the event of leaking water, as any delay will likely lead not only to a cessation in its operation but also a serious mess that can impact other aspects of your home’s interior, causing associated repair costs to spiral upward.

If you do notice any of these items, give a call to Raleigh’s most trusted name in water heaters, and your friends at Poole’s Plumbing will be happy to assist you in your maintenance and any other plumbing needs.

How to Avoid and Thaw Frozen Pipes

by raleigh plumbers on December 6, 2017

As the fall months of October and November turn over into the frosty winter months of December and January here in North Carolina, the Raleigh professional plumbers at Poole’s Plumbing want to remind you that there is still a chance of winter plumbing hazards and in the easy to follow steps listed below, you can be certain to avoid a costly catastrophe as you Avoid and Thaw Frozen Pipes.

Case in point that we are not yet completely “out of the water,” when it comes to needing to know the proper steps to take to Avoid and Thaw Frozen Pipes is the recent colder weather we have seen in the past two weeks that has dipped at night below 40 degrees and even into the lower 30’s. Your pipes can freeze once the temperature does drop to 32 degrees Fahrenheit and those most vulnerable to the possibility of freezing would be any located in a basement area, a crawl space, an unconditioned or unfinished attic, those located on an exterior wall, and even pipes located underground.

Frozen Water in the Downspout

When looking at it in those terms, pretty much any homeowner would have some type of piping in one of those location, thus, the Raleigh plumbing experts at Poole’s Plumbing can assist you with a few key pointers to Avoid and Thaw Frozen Pipes at each location you may have them. If you happen to turn on a faucet and no water pours out, it could be due to a blockage caused by ice and in each given location, these following “do-it-yourself” tips could prove priceless in avoiding disaster.

Exposed Pipes

  • Remember to open up the faucet to relieve pressure
  • When suspecting a possible frozen pipe, always shut off the main water supply in case it has burst
  • Usage of a hair dryer, electric heating pad, or space heater can help in thawing, but NEVER use an open flame to try and thaw an exposed pipe

Pipes Behind a Wall

  • The easiest and safest method with these pipes is to turn your thermostat up and wait for them to thaw.
  • In situations that need to be addressed immediately, carefully cut a whole in the wall and utilize any of the above methods listed for thawing an exposed pipe

Avoiding Frozen Pipes in the Future

  • Before the winter months arrive, be sure that all garden hoses are disconnected from any spigots
  • Keep a faucet that may be connected to a line that would be in danger of freezing open to allow just a small trickle of cold water to run over night
  • Keep cabinets that it below your sinks open to allow the warm air from your home to circulate around them
  • Insulate any exposed, external wall pipes
  • Never leave your thermostat below 55 degrees in any situation, even if going out of town or on vacation for an extended period of time.

 By following these easy to do, at home tips from the pros at Poole’s Plumbing, you can not only Avoid and Thaw Frozen Pipes, but you also can avoid serious water and financial damage with very little preparation or effort.