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Constant vs. Conventional : Selecting a Well Pump

by raleigh plumbers on July 22, 2015

When calling upon the Raleigh NC plumbers at Poole’s Plumbing for replacement or installation, it is essential to know the facts and both the pros and cons of both Constant Pressure and Conventional models when Selecting a Well Pump.

Constant Pressure Pump Selecting a Well PumpIn Selecting a Well Pump, it is essential to know which model best suits you and your needs as to not waste your money on a pump that may give you either too much or too little. The Constant Pressure Pump operates using a variable speed motor that is built in to the unit that allows the pump to speed up or slow down depending on your level of water usage. Thus, when you need more water, the Constant Pressure Pump runs faster, and when less water is used, it runs at a slower pace. Benefits of this type model include:

  • Better water pressure when taking a shower
  • More “city-like” water pressure coming from all faucets
  • Higher powered lawn irrigation
  • A smaller, low cost tank that takes up less space
  • Several built in features to prevent any damage to your pump
  • Convenient push button pressure selection

Conventional Pump System Selecting a Well PumpThe conventional or traditional system is your other option in Selecting a Well Pump. These units operate at only two speeds, on and off. A pressurized switch controls the Conventional Pump System, turning the unit on when a certain pressure level is reached and likewise, shutting it off once the necessary level is reached.  Benefits of the Conventional Pump System include:

  • A larger tank model produces longer cycles
  • Overall length of the pumping cycles being determined by the varying size of tank which you need
  • The pump not running while you are consuming water
  • Due to its “on” or “off” cycles, helps to conserve water and avoid unnecessary or wasteful usage.

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.

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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.

Home Water Conservation Tips for the Summer

by raleigh plumbers on June 12, 2015

With the hot days of the summer months upon us the Raleigh plumbers at Poole’s Plumbing, can offer off a variety of ways that you can save on costs and water with some helpful Home Water Conservation Tips for the Summer.

With the temperature continually rising; there are many outdoor jobs and projects that you will take on during the summer time that if you aren’t careful, water can be wasted without you even realizing it. To avoid this unnecessary usage, use a broom or a blower when you are cleaning your patios and sidewalks. Another Home Water Conservation Tip for the Summer is to use a hose with a nozzle that allows you to shut the water off when washing your car or while scrubbing it save you money direct.

Keeping your grass cut to a length of about 3 inches will also help as taller grass will hold moisture better and thus, save you on having to water it as much. If you have an automatic sprinkler system, being sure it is set to provide a healthy watering but not having them turn on too often is another way to conserve. Also, you can save by doing a little research when you need to replace plants in your yard, and then opting for more water efficient shrubs, trees, and grass types.

Water Conservation Tips for the Summer

Despite spending much more time outdoors in the warmer months, there are also many Home Water Conservation Tips for the Summer around the inside of the house, too. To start with, in one room where you can limit your water usage is in the bathroom. By taking a shower instead of a bath, especially if you have a “low-flow” showerhead, much less water will need to be used. Limiting the time of your showers ass well is an easy way to conserve. Turning off the faucet when you shave or brush your teeth is another simple way that you can limit your usage of water.

Checking your toilets to ensure they don’t have a leak by simply taking the top off the tank periodically and watching it flush can help you to do this. If you can’t tell whether or not there is a leak, put a few drops of food coloring in and do not flush. If you see the coloring in the bowl with in a few minutes, you have a leak.

In the kitchen, running your dishwasher only with a full load to avoid extra cycles is also a simple way to conserve. You can also cut costs and conserve, by checking all faucets and water lines (i.e. to the ice maker in a refrigerator, etc.) to be sure there are no leaks. Checking all hoses and connections to washing machines and your water heater is also recommended.

 


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