WaterSense Products

The familiar blue and green “water drop” logo on WaterSense Products is seen on more and more items these days, whether it be shower heads, faucets, toilets, or a variety of other products. Although associated by many with being environmentally sound and appearing on products that will help to conserve water, the Raleigh NC green plumbing experts, Poole’s Plumbing offer you up an in-depth look at the savings and conservation that can be had by seeking out Water Sense Products.

Water Sense Products

According to the official website of the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), WaterSense is “a partnership program which seeks to protect the future of our nation’s water supply by offering people a simple way to use less water with water-efficient products, new homes, and services.”

In an effort to protect the water supply through conservation efforts, the driving idea behind WaterSense Products is to promote the value of water efficiency, while providing simple methods for saving water as they encourage the company’s manufacturing different products that will bear their label to explore innovative ways that their item can save and conserve. As a result of this innovative manufacturing, the end result is that WaterSense Products will not only decrease your water usage, but also reduce unnecessary strain on infrastructure of these products and resources.

Water Sense Products

This EPA programs encouragement to provide a more efficient product alone does not result in the label going on WaterSense Products, as those adorning the “blue and green droplet” must first be certified as performing at least 20 percent more efficiently without compromising the performance expectations.

The Raleigh NC green plumbing experts at Poole’s Plumbing not only have Green Certification, but they can help to steer you in the right direction to make the right choices to fit your family’s specific needs when it comes to choosing and installing the right WaterSense Products. By upgrading to these more efficient items, you will not only save, but you also are helping to save and conserve billions of gallons of water in the United States every single year. To learn more about WaterSense Products and this entire EPA partnership program, visit www3.epa.gov.

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

Before picking up the phone to call your Raleigh Emergency Plumbers at Poole’s Plumbing, it is a wise decision to become more familiar with your homes’ main water shut off valve, where it may be located and how to turn it off.

If a plumbing emergency occurs, such as a broken water pipe or even an overflowing toilet that is sending water rushing across your floor, it is best to know where your main water shut off valve is, rather than figure it out as the water continues to flow freely across the floors of your home. While sinks and toilets do have their own valves, they can stick and in that case you still would need to locate the main to stop the flooding.

Raleigh Emergency Plumbers

The location of your main water valve can depend on where you live, actually.  Usually, in southern locations like this area, the valve is located outside of the home. In most cases, it will be toward the front of the house and near an outdoor hose faucet. However, it should be noted that in some cases the valve is located inside the homes’ meter box. If this is the case, making sure to have the key to that box in an emergency situation is a must.

Equally as important as finding where in your house the main water shut off valve is, is knowing how to actually shut it off. Most off these can simply be turned off by hand, while other could require a wrench, but either way always remember to turn the valve to the right to turn them off.

Making sure that everyone in the family, including the little ones, know where the valve is and how to turn it off correctly is a good way to avoid an unexpected plumbing catastrophe. Keeping the number or even a business card from your Raleigh Emergency Plumbers at Poole’s Plumbing near the valve so once it is shut off in case assistance or repairs are needed is also a good idea for the times when you may not be home and there is an emergency situation.


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