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The innovation and creativity of Kohler Plumbing Products always seem to keep the brand ahead of the field. With their “Konnect” line of products, however, the company’s use of modern technology is like no Kohler Plumbing Products before. For that matter, these products that can be installed by the pros at Poole’s Plumbing are unlike any plumbing products before.

In this series of articles, we will individually cover several of the new Kohler Plumbing Products from the innovative “Konnect” series.

Introducing the “Konnect” line of Kohler Plumbing Products


The new Konnect line, Sensate Kitchen Faucet is available in four different gorgeous colors.

At, the plumbing company gives an introduction to this groundbreaking and innovative product line. “Reimagine your personal space with the world’s smartest bathroom.” They continue, “Kohler Konnect” smart products have the ability to transform your bathroom using light, sound, color, and water.”

It concludes, “With built-in voice control, it all happens seamlessly. From exotic and energizing and every feeling in between, your bathroom can finally do what no other can, create an experience as unique as you.

No Hands, No Problem with the Sensate Kitchen Faucet

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The voice control feature allows you to give a measurement or set the faucet to fill specific commonly used containers.

In describing the first of several Konnect-line Kohler Plumbing Products, the company welcomes you to “Conquer the kitchen, hands-free.” Likewise, it describes this kitchen faucet, which features voice-activated technology as “your virtual kitchen assistant.”

There are several “smart” features that set these Kohler Plumbing Products apart from the rest. These include the unique voice control feature, touchless technology, and the sweep spray.

Talk to Your Faucet…No Seriously, the Sensate Gives you Voice Control


The incredible voice activation feature on the Sensate faucet makes kitchen preparation a snap.

This incredible feature allows you to speak commands at your faucet. Yes, you heard that right, just as the Sensate faucet will hear you.

Command the faucet to turn on and off or even give it directions, telling it to dispense an exact amount of water. You can customize filling up items you frequently use as well, making these Kohler Plumbing Products literally all your own.

Hands- Free Kohler Plumbing Products? It’s Touchless Technology!

With a first of its kind, state of the art sensor in the faucet, there is no longer a need to turn any handles on your faucet.

Located just behind the faucet spout, a simple wave of the hand past the sensor allows you to turn the water on and off with great ease. Consequently, if cooking or preparing food, this can make it so no messy hands have to touch the faucet handle as well.

A Clean “Sweep”: The Two- Function Sweep Spray Feature

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The Sweep Spray feature has a high powered stream to help with those stubborn dishes.

The features already detailed on the Sensate faucet are pretty amazing. However, one of the main functions of a kitchen faucet is to spray/clean off dishes, pans, etc. With the “Sweep Spray ” feature on these Kohler Plumbing Products, this is also addressed.

The pull-down spray head is a great feature all on its own. However, when faced with stubborn messes, its power you need. Worry not, as you can easily change from the regular stream to Sweep Spray. This is a more powerful stream to get those real sticky and stubborn spots with no extra effort.

Kohler Plumbing Products from the Konnect Line…To Be Continued!

We will continue in the following two posts to detail these innovative Kohle Plumbing Products. Also in the Konnect line are a showering system and the Perfect Fill technology bathtub faucet.

For further information on the Raleigh professional plumbers installing Kohler Plumbing Products in your new home, go to Likewise, if you want more details on the Konnect line visit

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American Standard Toilets always seem to stay a step ahead of the competition. Using the latest innovations and technology, the brand has become synonymous with high-quality plumbing products. Poole’s Plumbing is a licensed, professional that installs all American Standard products. This includes the incredible new “Champion” line from American Standard. Likewise, the “VorMax” line of American Standard Toilets uses the latest technology for a cleaner flush as well.

The American Standard Toilets “Champion” is Virtually Clog-Free! Seriously!!!

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The sleek design of the new American Standard Champion line is as alluring as its efficiency.

According to their official website at, “Innovation” is what sets the Champion line of American Standard Toilets apart from all other brands and models. The site reads, “With superior flushing performance, the Champion is virtually clog-free.”

Though there are the obvious advantages of a “clog-free” toilet, the Champion line actually saves you in more ways than one. Again referring to their own description, these toilets bring efficiency too. “Water-saving, high-efficiency toilets are available to help save water and money.”

The “Champion”: Not Only Efficient But Stylish Too!

The Champion toilet collection from American Standard offers a variety of models. All of these have utilized the most recent, innovations in plumbing to result in a cleaner and more effective flush. The page dedicated to these toilets notes the high-quality standard of the units and more.

“Nothing compares to the Champion line of toilets,” The Champion page continues, reading, “This innovative line of toilets meet the industry’s highest standard for flushing performance, virtually eliminating clogs and providing a cleaner, more efficient flush every time. The Champion toilet is available in a variety of beautiful designs that coordinate perfectly with our complete bathroom product collections.”

The American Standard Toilets “Vor-Max” Technology,  The Cleanest, Germ-Free Flush!

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Toilets with “VorMax” flushing technology (pictured) give the most germ free flush you can get.

American Standard has also raised the bar in keeping your toilet bowl clean with the introduction of its “VorMax” Flush technology. Basically, the “VorMax” technology is reinventing the way that your toilet cleans. This is done by taking away the rim holes around the inside of the bowl on these American Standard Toilets. These holes are usually where water is produced when flushing.  

One high power jet stream of water that self scrubs your entire bowl from top to bottom replaces the holes. This is done without need for a brush or even touching a thing. The “VorMax” jet stream on these American Standard Toilets even cleans the difficult to reach spots in your bowl.

These technological advances can start working in your favor. Both a cleaner toilet and a more efficient toilet awaits with either line of these toilets. As noted in the intro, the professional Raleigh plumbers at Poole’s Plumbing can install these for you.  To see more on all the newest American Standard products, go to


Initially part of an Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) partnership program, the WaterSense name and label has become synonymous with water-efficient products and conservation.

725 billion gallons of water were conserved alone in 2018 by using WaterSense products.

This will be the first in a series of articles on “green plumbing.” In our series of posts, we will look at the benefits of green plumbing and answer many questions and ‘myths’ that most wonder when discussing the topic.

Above all, in this series, we will look at how you can conserve and save: both to help the environment and your wallet. Our first post will focus on “WaterSense.”

Looking Beyond the Label: The “Why and What” is WaterSense?

We have all seen the half green and half blue waterdrop carrying the WaterSense name. While most vaguely know the symbol to be associated with conservation and environmental consciousness, few look further than that.

To get the official WaterSense description from, the website explains the following.

“The WaterSense label makes it simple to find water-efficient products, new homes, and programs that meet EPA’s criteria for efficiency and performance.” The website continues, “The WaterSense label makes it simple to find water-efficient products, new homes, and programs that meet EPA’s criteria for efficiency and performance.”

“WaterSense partners with manufacturers, retailers and distributors, homebuilders, irrigation professionals, and utilities to bring WaterSense to your community. Our partnerships encourage innovation in manufacturing and support sustainable jobs for American workers.”


Using the WaterSense labeled products can save you700 gallons of water a year, just on showers.

Partnering Up to Fulfill a Mission and a Vision

The EPA had a vision upon initial discussions of WaterSense. It also came about with a mission to accomplish. Likewise, these are both also discussed in detail at

The WaterSense mission statement is one that has remained true since the initiative first launched in June of 2006. It is as follows. “We are transforming the marketplace for products and services that use water, and promoting a nationwide ethic of water efficiency to conserve water resources for future generations and reduce water and wastewater infrastructure costs.”

Consequently, the initial vision of the Summer of 2006 remains the same and plays off of the mission statement. The ‘WaterSense’ vision is that “all Americans will understand the importance of water efficiency and take positive actions to reduce their water use. In their homes, outdoors, and at work.”


The initiatives and programs laid out by Water Sense can help you save energy, water, and money.

How can WaterSense Equal Water Savings???

Again referring to the official EPA website, the following “Water Stats” explain how much ‘sense’ that a switch to these products actually makes.

  • WaterSense labels products that are 20 percent more water-efficient and perform as well as or better than standard models.
  • The average family can save 13,000 gallons of water and $130 in water costs per year by replacing all old, inefficient toilets in their home with WaterSense labeled models.
  • Replacing old, inefficient bathroom faucets and aerators with WaterSense labeled models. This can save the average family $250 in water and electricity costs over the faucets’ lifetime.
  • Replacing showerheads with WaterSense labeled models can reduce the average family’s water and electricity costs by $70. Likewise, this can save the average family more than 2,700 gallons of water per year. This is equal to the amount of water needed to wash 88 loads of laundry.
  • Giving a home’s main bathroom a high-efficiency makeover by installing a WaterSense labeled toilet, showerhead, and faucet aerator. These savings can pay for itself in as little as 1 year.
  • Replacing a standard clock timer with a WaterSense labeled irrigation controller. This can reduce an average home’s irrigation water use by 15 percent. It also can save an average home nearly 7,600 gallons of water annually.

As mentioned above, this is the first post in a three part series to familiarize you with green plumbing. For more information on WaterSense, and products bearing its name on their labels, visit their website at