Simple At-Home Tips to Maintaining Your Water Heater

The most trusted name in water heater installation and maintenance in the Raleigh area are the professionals’ plumbers at Poole’s Plumbing. In addition to always being available to give you advice on which type unit may serve you best, the pros at Poole’s also want to remind you of the importance of keeping up with the simple maintenance of your water heater to be sure to avoid any problems that may leave you “ice cold” one morning in the shower

Performing maintenance on your water heater is highly unlikely to be on the top of your weekend to-do list, but proper maintenance at critical junctures in the life of your water heater can often save the headache of complete replacement — not to mention spare you the task of some serious water cleanup.

Some signs that will tell you its time to have your water heater checked:

  1. Water coming from the heater that appears rusty or brown is typically an indicator of impending water heater failure. Similarly, if the water smells unusual or “metallic” it is another giveaway that your water heater has seen better days. Check the water emerging from your water heater and determine whether its quality has been affected in the aforementioned ways. If you’re wary of tasting the water, a sniff test should suffice.
  2. Sediment within your water heater’s water is another indicator your heater’s condition is rapidly deteriorating.  This often occurs from mineral build up over time on the bottom of the heater’s tank.
  3. Loud pops coming from your water heater are not normal. Also, be sure to monitor for any sounds that crop up that did not previously emanate from the device. Such sounds should be treated as anomalies and may be a symptom of the aforementioned mineral buildup. This buildup will usually lead to failure in the short-term.
  4. A symptom of internal water heater failures is leaking water. If water begins noticeably leaking from your heater, disconnect the unit and consider immediate replacement. Do not hesitate to replace your heater in the event of leaking water, as any delay will likely lead not only to a cessation in its operation but also a serious mess that can impact other aspects of your home’s interior, causing associated repair costs to spiral upward.

If you do notice any of these items, give a call to Raleigh’s most trusted name in water heaters, and your friends at Poole’s Plumbing will be happy to assist you in your maintenance and any other plumbing needs.

Home Water Conservation Tips for the Summer Months

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.

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.

“Exhale” and Enjoy Comfort and Savings with Kohler Showerheads

Kohler Water Saving Products

Saving money, conserving water, and enjoying maximum comfort are all major factors to weigh out when deciding on a new showerhead, but by letting the most trusted name among Raleigh NC plumbers, Poole’s Plumbing, install any of the Kohler Showerheads or handshowers in their “Exhale” line, you can achieve all three of these.

Described at us.kohler.com as “The showering experience that will take your breath away,” the Exhale line of Kohler Showerheads offer unique and intense spray pressure to give you the ultimate in comfort in the shower, regardless of how much or little pressure you enjoy while rinsing off. There are actually four different spray options among the Inhale Kohler Showerheads, full-coverage, tense massage, and silk spray. Any of these choices gives you many options in spray pressure whether taking a relaxing shower at night or starting the day with an invigorating rinse to wake up.

Offering great convenience as well, the Kohler Showerheads in the Exhale line have a 360-degree continuous rotation feature that enables you to smoothly switch the pressure setting of the spray between the four choices above, changing every 30 degrees to the next setting. Helping to conserve water while you enjoy the unmatched comfort from a Kohler Showerhead, the popular “handshower” models in the Exhale line can also have a wall mount feature that has both an integrated water supply and allows you volume control while showering. Additionally, the soft silicone face on these Kohler showerheads and handshowers have no nozzles, making cleaning them far easier than a conventional showerhead.

On top of the easy cleaning, ultimate spray control, and convenient conservation features, the Exhale line of Kohler Showerheads also feature a water saving design that is sure to cut back on expensive water bills. The entire line is WaterSense certified and are engineered to utilize 20 percent less water than the common and standard 2.5 gpm showerhead models while still giving you all the quality features unique to the Kohler brand.

The Raleigh NC plumbers at Poole’s Plumbing are a certified distributor of Kohler Showerheads and all other plumbing products. To learn more about the Exhale line or all the other new and innovative plumbing products from Kohler, visit us.kohler.com.