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Save Money with Simple Water Conservation in the Bathroom

Everyone would like to save on costly water and utility bills each month, and through several easy and simple checks and steps that can be done and followed for Water Conservation in the Bathroom, the professional Raleigh plumbers at Poole’s Plumbing can help you get on the path to saving.

The first area to touch upon to help with Water Conservation in the Bathroom is your shower and bathtub. To begin here, a simple check of your showerhead would be in order. Aiming the head at a one-gallon bucket and timing to see how long it takes to fill can tell you when it may be time for a replacement. If the bucket is filled in less that 20 seconds you will want to look at replacing it with a more efficient, low-flow showerhead. Not only are the low flow models great for Water Conservation in the Bathroom, they are inexpensive and easy to install, they can cut your usage by more than 500 gallons of water per week. This combined with keeping a close eye on the time you and other family members actually spend taking a shower and limiting it to 5 minutes can save on average another 1,000 gallons of water per month.

Water Conservation in the BathroomIn the bathtub there are also some very easily monitored step that can help you with Water Conservation in the Bathroom. For starters, using a plug before turning the water on as you adjust the temperature will help to avoid wasting water, as will having your very young children take a bath together rather than having to fill the tub and go through the entire process multiple times.

The toilet is an obvious spot in the bathroom where by just making sure all pieces and parts are operating correctly can get you on your desired path to Water Conservation in the Bathroom. The tank and flapper are both spots on the toilet that you want to check regularly to be sure they are functioning properly. The “food coloring” test is an easy way to be certain the tank isn’t leaking, as by putting a few drops in, you can tell it is leaking if the color seeps into the bowl. If there is a leak, it is an easy fix for the pros at Poole’s Plumbing and can conserve over 600 gallons per month. As for the flapper, checking on a consistent basis to sure it isn’t sticking will help with your Water Conservation in the Bathroom efforts. Also, if you hear a toilet flushing itself or constantly running, this also is more than likely an easily fixed leak and if not addressed could lead to wasting more than 500 gallons of water weekly. One last tip that may seem obvious, but can really help conserve is to put your tissues into the trash as opposed to flushing them down, as this also can add up with each wasted flush.

Water Conservation in the BathroomLastly, monitoring your water usage at the sink can be another simple avenue to help with Water Conservation in the Bathroom. Again, these are common sense ways to save, as by just turning the faucet off while you brush your teeth, the average family of four would conserve about 200 gallons per week. Doing the same while shaving would save around 100 gallons a week as well. Much like recommended above with the toilets, when hearing a consistent drip from the faucet, having to problem rectified in a timely manner can also lead to big savings both with water and in your wallet.

Water Conservation in the Bathroom can be easily achieved and lead to you not wasting water or money unnecessarily. The plumbing experts at Poole’s Plumbing recommend these tips to you in beginning your conservation efforts and in Part Two of our water conservation articles will remind you of more simple ways to conserve water and money throughout the rest of the house.

Safe and Accessible: American Standard Plumbing Products that make Independent Living Easier

As you or your loved ones increase in age, there are inevitably certain aspects of every day living that can become more challenging. Vision, strength, and mobility are all things that over time can deteriorate, making certain products, especially in your bathroom, that were once an afterthought more difficult to use, and even dangerous. With the “Safe and Accessible” line of American Standard Plumbing Products, that can be installed by the Raleigh plumbers at Poole’s Plumbing, you can take a major step toward achieving the piece of mind that you or your loved ones deserve and eliminate any possible safety concerns, allowing independent living for both young and old at a reasonable cost.

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American Standard’s Optum VorMax High Efficient ‘Right Height’ Toilet

With their “Versatile Design Solutions,” American Standard Plumbing Products that can be installed by your most trusted Raleigh plumbers at Poole’s Plumbing create a comforting, user-friendly bathroom, without compromising style or safety. Among the American Standard Plumbing Products to allow worry-free independence in the bathroom are the many safe and easy faucet options, that allow easy operation without the need to grip, “Right Height” toilets with a rim height closer to that of a regular chair that allows for safer and more comfortable use, or their walk-in baths with great accessibility for those with limited mobility and easy turn lever handles and a handshower making accidents less likely whether the user has arthritis or just slippery soaped up hands.

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American Standard 31X51 Gelcoat Walk-In-Tub

For “Multi-Generational Living Solutions” in the bathroom, there are also numerous American Standard Plumbing Products that can make life easier on both the little ones and the older family members you worry about having some type of accident in the bathroom. The “pull-out” step feature for the kids on their “Portsmouth Vanity” for example allows children to better reach the sink when using and conveniently slides away when not in use. Both young and old can also benefit from ADA Compliant tub, featuring a much lower step over height to get into the tub and a seat installed as well.

Accessible Living is yet another goal in the creation of the “Safe and Accessible” American Standard Plumbing Products line. On top of the other easier options listed above, the “seated safety” shower models, give you a unit that is fully open on one side, with a low threshold and built-in side “grab bars” to ensure safety and security in the shower.

To learn more about all of the American Standard Plumbing Products that the Raliegh plumbers at Poole’s Plumbing can install that can help to aid in the independent living for all ages in the bathroom, visit there official site at americanstandard-us.com.

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Tankless Water Heaters : Pros and Cons

Tankless Water HeatersThe Raleigh water heater specialists at Poole’s Plumbing specialize in an array of services, with one being installation and servicing of your water heater. With a wide selection of both Tankless Water Heaters and conventional model water heaters from all of the most trusted name in plumbing products at your disposal with our Raleigh water heater specialists at Poole’s, deciding whether or not  Tankless Water Heaters are the right fit for you is one that should be weighed out carefully.

The website, howstuffworks.com recently did an in depth analysis that can help you to properly analyze whether Tankless Water Heaters would be the most cost effective and best fit in your home or place of business, detailing both the benefits and drawbacks as follows:

Benefits:

  • Most Tankless Water Heaters come with a federal tax rebate of $300.
  • They never run out of hot water.
  • They last five to 10 years longer than tank heaters.
  • They’re more efficient with no standby heat loss.
  • Tankless Water Heaters take up less space and can even be installed on walls or outdoors with an anti-freeze kit.
  • Smaller units can be installed under cabinets or in a closet, closer to the point of use.
  • They only need enough power to heat the amount of water necessary at any given moment.
  • You can shave as much as 20 percent from your water heating bill.
  • Electric models don’t produce greenhouse gases.
  • Most units are operated by remote control and have up to four separate settings available.
  • There’s no possibility of flooding due to a ruptured tank.

Drawbacks:

  • They cost up to three times as much as a tank water heater.
  • Your hot water output is split among all your household fixtures.
  • You may need to add a larger natural gas line to supply the unit with enough fuel.
  • Venting gas and propane units requires expensive stainless steel tubing.
  • Electric models may require an additional circuit.
  • Gas-powered units produce greenhouse gases.
  • Gas units require the additional expense of an annual servicing.
  • Electric models require a lot of energy.
  • They need a minimum flow rate of .5 GPM in order to activate the heat exchanger.
  • Lag time can require you to run your water in order to get to the hot water, increasing water waste.

Other Considerations:

  • Water heating accounts for about 20 percent of your home energy budget.
  • A whole-house electric model costs $500-$700.
  • A whole-house gas model costs $1,000-$2,000.
  • Electric models are generally cheaper to install than gas.
  • Natural gas is less expensive now, but expected to surpass electricity in the coming years.
  • A standard bathtub holds about 35 gallons, soaking tubs hold between 45-80 gallons.

In addition to these points, there are many other valid points to consider when looking into the possibility of going with Tankless Water Heaters. The entire analysis can be seen at this link, home.howstuffworks.com .