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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.

 

Tankless Water Heaters : Pros and Cons

by raleigh plumbers on April 20, 2015

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 .


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