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Save Money with Simple Water Conservation in the Bathroom

by raleigh plumbers on April 4, 2016

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.

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.

American Standard Plumbing Products

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.

American Standard Plumbing Products

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.

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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