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What is a High Efficiency Washing Machine?

by raleigh plumbers on November 1, 2016

In the ongoing quest of the most trusted name in Raleigh plumbers, Poole’s Plumbing to help you better learn and in turn save and conserve water, we will answer a few questions that many consumers have, based upon one main uncertainty these same people may have, What is a High Efficiency Washing Machine?

High Efficiency Washing Machine

Basically, to answer the main question on High Efficiency Washing Machines, they are a washer which uses different technological features to simply help reduce not only the amount of water needed per load of laundry you do, but in addition they also cut down on the amount of energy used as well. Thus, through the Poole’s Plumbing tips and suggestions that we have continued to talk about through our blog posts, a High Efficiency Washing Machine does exactly what we have been trying to help you (the consumer) to do, and that is conserve and save.

Following up the first question with another question, the obvious next thing that a customer would want to know is, how much is conserved or saved through the usage of a High Efficiency Washing Machine? This answer is actually pretty staggering, as on average, a High Efficiency Washing Machine uses up to 80 percent less water than traditional top-loading units. Not only is that a huge figure when you think about how much water would actually be conserved, but in the savings department, a High Efficiency Washing Machine also comes in at about a 65 percent average energy savings.

On top of these two facts, which basically equals less water usage, less energy usage, and as a direct result you saving money, the energy savings allows for you to be able to wash more laundry per load and these type units are about 40 percent larger and old up to 40 percent more clothes than a standard washing machine unit would.

So, basically, to answer the initial question of ,what is a High Efficiency Washing Machine? It is an item that can do the exact two things that the Raleigh plumbing experts at Poole’s Plumbing have been trying to help and educate you to do through their tips and advise, conserve and save.

Save Every Single Day With Kohler Water Saving Products

by raleigh plumbers on October 21, 2016

In the continuing effort to help you, the customer, become more aware and less wasteful with your household water usage, the name you can always trust in Raleigh NC plumbers, Poole’s Plumbing is an authorized dealer of Kohler Water Saving Products, that can be installed and start you on the road to saving immediately.

In a section titled, “Save Water Every Day,” at Kohler’s official website, they explain in detail how each of the Kohler Water Saving Products is designed to get you starting to save. In the page’s first paragraph, it explains, “At Kohler, we believe great design is form and function in perfect harmony with the environment. This means designing products that don’t just look beautiful and perform exceptionally well, but also use significantly less water.” The post concludes, “Because lowering your water usage shouldn’t mean lowering your standards.”

Kohler Water Saving Products

Further explanation is given as the page goes detail about each individual type of Kohler Water Saving Products, starting with water-saving toilets. “Switching to a water-saving toilet is the single most effective change you can make in your house to conserve water,” is exactly what the experts at Kohler say in this description. The page then goes on to explain that through utilizing the most innovative and latest technologies in plumbing for their Kohler Water Saving Products that the consumer will not have to give up any of the performance they expect to conserve.

Showers are the next item discussed among Kohler Water Saving Products. Noting that a change to a water saving showerhead or hand shower can “make a big difference when it comes to saving water and energy.” As with the comment on the performance of the toilets not suffering one bit, the Kohler site notes, “your showering experience will still be every bit as luxurious as you’d expect a Kohler shower to be.”

The third and last of the Kohler Water Saving Products discussed are kitchen and bathroom faucets. “Our water-saving faucets feature the quality, design and performance you expect from Kohler. So you can have a great-looking bathroom and kitchen, while also feeling great about conserving water.”

Kohler Water Saving Products

Being an authorized dealer of Kohler Water Saving Products, the Raleigh professional plumbers at Poole’s Plumbing can not only install, but also help you to select the products and appliances that best fit you and your household. For more information on Kohler Water Saving Products, visit their website at us.kohler.com.

Inside Fall Plumbing Tips: Avoiding Cold Weather Catastrophes

by raleigh plumbers on October 11, 2016

Continuing with our helpful and easy pointers to give you a head start on avoiding any potentially costly plumbing disasters that could happen as a result of the changing of the seasons and the inevitable drop in temperature, the Raleigh professional plumbers at Poole’s Plumbing continue where we left off on our last article and head indoors for our Inside Fall Plumbing Tips.

Inside Fall Plumbing TipsAs you already know, Poole’s Plumbing is the number one water heater expert in the Raleigh/Triangle area, and there are several easy procedures to follow in our Inside Fall Plumbing Tips to avoid not only losing hot water when the colder temperatures hit, but also to help avoid a messy situation both in your home and your wallet.

Water Heater Maintenance

  • Obviously, with colder temperatures, your water heater unit is working harder during the fall and winter months. The first of our Inside Fall Plumbing Tips is to flush the unit out and remove any and all sediment buildup. If not done, corrosion can occur, which leads to reduced efficiency and actually can shorten the life span of your water heater.
  • Inside Fall Plumbing Tip number two regarding the water heater is to test the unit’s pressure relief valve. BE VERY CAREFUL WHEN DOING THIS, AS THE WATER IS HOT. But when you lift the lever and let it snap back, you should see a burst of water into the drainpipe and if you don’t call your helpful friends at Poole’s to come and take a look at it.
  • Be sure to check the thermostat on your unit. It should be set on 120 degrees Fahrenheit for best performance.

 Shut Off Valves

  • An Inside Fall Plumbing Tip that pertains to the outside of your home as well: if you have inside shut-off valves that lead to your outside faucets be sure they are closed and that those outside lines are full drained
  • Know where your home’s main shut off valve is and if you are leaving for a vacation or a long period of time, shut it off and open all faucets to allow them to drain.

One final Inside Fall Plumbing Tip also pertains to when you will be leaving your home for long periods of time. Always remember to leave your heat turned on at no lower than 55 degrees Fahrenheit, do that no pipes freeze while you are away.

Our Inside Fall Plumbing Tips and the previous blog post covering the outside of your house can help for a worry free period of time through the upcoming months as the temperature begins to drop. If you do see some type of issue when following these easy-to-follow pointers, call the professionals at Poole’s at 919-661-6334 or contact us through our website at poolesplumbing.com.


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