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Smart. Something we all aspire to be. This  one word can cover a lot of area, but when it comes to the particular subject for Faucets with Smart Technology, smart takes on dual meanings.

Technology. One word that any person reading this can read and think of countless ways our lives are different because of it. The ways that our cars operate. How we protect our homes. What we are watching and how we are watching television. Obviously, the evolution of the wall phone to the smartphone.

The inside of our homes is no different in that the more advances we see in technology, the more convenient or “smart” our homes get. The bathroom is no exception, as one can attest by looking at the innovations to toilets and showers. Likewise, and where will be discussing in this post, Faucets with Smart Technology are the “next wave” to be looking for.

Bathrooms have been “growing up” in regard to technology for quite some time now. Everything from lighting to the temperature setting on all appliances and areas. But, in this piece on Faucets with Smart Technology, we are not going to focus so much on the “pampering” aspects of the innovations. Instead, we will look at exactly how you can use Faucets with Smart Technology to be …well, smarter.

Being “Smart” and Connecting to Your Faucets with Smart Technology

There have been many Faucets with Smart Technology whose features evolved greatly. Most of us have seen how water temperature can be preset through the usage of apps. Likewise, the “touch-free,” motion sensor faucets have continued to see improvements over the years. However, this latest innovation to Faucets with Smart Technology we will discuss can not only aid convenience, but help you conserve and consume with no worries, and very little effort.

The product we speak of was first developed by a North-Eastern United States startup company and is a combination a water filter and meter. Thus, it allows you to connect any of your own smart devices to these Faucets with Smart Technology. Once you connect, the technology not only filters and informs you of the water quality levels but also monitors exactly how much is used.

So, whereas most filters would run on a time-based module, this type is based on the amount of water you consume. So, it can actually produce real-time data and information for you. This innovation basically tells you how good your water filter is working, the level of the water quality you are consuming is, and how much water you actually consume.

Monitoring, Filtering and Helping You Save Money

There are multiple ways for Faucets with Smart Technology to save you from wasting water. Likewise, they can save you  from wasting money. How exactly you ask? Well, let us explain.

Having  Faucets with Smart Technology helps you be able to plan ahead. As a result, you can accordingly adjust your usage. This is not the only way your Faucets with Smart Technology help you save though.

This new module can help you save on your water bill in a variety of ways. For example, it could be set to remind you when brushing your teeth to turn off the faucet. Likewise, it can recognize a leak, which we all know can be costly. So, you are both avoiding wasting water. Likewise, you will save on your monthly bills as a result of this.

Faucets with Smart Technology, With No Need for a New Faucet?!?!

Let’s say this company is able to secure the funding and release this product. As a result, consumers will have more accurate water consumption information than ever previously thought possible. In addition to this item in regard to Faucets with Smart Technology, you don’t even need a new faucet, as it will attach directly to your existing plumbing feature.

Your friends at Poole’s Plumbing are not only the most trusted name in Raleigh plumbers for the past two decades. They also are always staying on top of the latest innovations in all plumbing technology. As the innovations in Faucets with Smart Technology progress, we at Poole’s will keep you posted.  To contact us here at Poole’s for any and all of your plumbing needs, visit poolesplumbing.com.

 

 

 

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Regardless of the time of year, the weather outside, or the number of people in a household, the amount of time it takes Your Water to Heat Up is crucial. Straight up, if you need hot water, whether showering, cooking, or washing, you don’t want to wait. So, if you have been waiting too long for Your Water to Heat Up, the most trusted water heater authority in the Raleigh area, Pooler’s Plumbing has compiled the following list of 5 reasons you may be waiting for Your Water to Heat Up.

Just to give you five possible reasons why you are waiting for Your Water Heating Up is not really solving the problem for you though now, is it? Never fear, though, your friends at Poole’s have got you covered. To see how to speed your water heating process up, just continue reading the paragraphs below. Now let’s hurry up, that water of yours must be freezing!!!

Five Reasons that You May Be Waiting for Your Water Heating Up

Your Water Heater Is Failing

As water heaters get up in age, especially around the ten-year mark, they are nearing the end of service time. This can lead to the unit being less effective and even stopping to work entirely. If you discover this why you are Waiting for Your Water Heating Up, give Poole’s a call and we can come help you decide whether it should be fixed or replaced.

Water Heater is Too Far Away

Our first three “reasons” on this list, we will stick with looking at the water heater. This one would seem common sense for why you’re Waiting for Your Water Heating Up. Stated, the further your water heater from the faucets or your shower, then the longer it takes for the hot water to get to you and your family.

Undersized Water Heater

So, this is our third of three “reasons” for Waiting for Your Water Heating Up that could be water heater related. Likewise, as the case with our previous entry, this would also seem to be common sense. However, it can happen. Let’s say you initially had two people in your home, but over several years, you family has grown. This will lead to more hot water being used and your solution may be in just upgrading to a larger unit.

The Buildup of Sediment or Rust

Yes, technically this “reason” would find you checking your water heater as well. Regardless, over time, sediment does build up in your water heater. This results in dissolved minerals such as Calcium or magnesium settling on the bottom of the water heater’s tank. Seeing this is also where the unit’s electric heating element or burner is located, you may need to replace or flush out the water heater to help improve its effectiveness.

Low Volume Restrictor

Your reason for Waiting for Your Water Heating Up may not be as complex as thought. If you have a low volume restrictor installed, in your shower, or on any plumbing fixtures this can delay the delivery of water.

When Will the Hot Water Return?

Ok, so we just took an in-depth look at why you may be Waiting for Your Water Heating Up. The logical next question you would have is, when will the hot water return once it has run out. Well, ask, and you shall receive an answer…

To get to our answer though, we again refer to the specifics of your home’s water heater. On average, an 80-gallon gas water heater will take about an hour before hot water comes back. But the actual recovery time can vary greatly depending on the following four factors.

  • Size of Tank- Simply put, the larger your tank size, the longer the recovery time.
  • Type of Fuel- If you have an electric water heater, your unit will take about twice as long to reheat than a gas water heater does.
  • Time for Temperature to Rise- When it is cold outside and the incoming water temperature is, therefore, colder than usual, it takes longer to reheat.
  • “First Hour Rating” (FHR)- It will take less time for the water heater to reheat the higher your FHR is.

Don’t Sit Waiting for Your Water Heating Up, Poole’s Has all Your Water Heater Issues Covered. 

Poole’s’ Plumbing is known as the number one source and authority for water heaters across the Raleigh area. Whether you have a tankless or traditional water heater. Whether gas or electric. If you need a tune-up or a full replacement. Regardless of any of these services you need, Poole’s Plumbing will not leave you Waiting for Your Water to Heat Up.

To discuss hot water issues or have one of our professionals come take a look, visit us at poolesplumbing.com.

 

 

 

 

 

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As we have noticed here locally over the past two months, as the seasons change, we can at times see some unpredictable weather. This could be said basically in the weeks and months surrounding the change of each season. In regard to how your home plumbing system is affected or any changes or preparation needed to be ready for a new season, the transition from Fall to Winter sees the most drastic measures needing to be taken. Now, that is not to make you worry, as the actual preparation is not difficult. However, the problems start when you are not on top of your Winter Plumbing Preparation. As you will see below, just taking some preventative measures can be the difference in some big savings.

As we just noted, to be on top of your Winter Plumbing Preparation does not take a plumber, per see. There are not many mechanical tasks to prepare and have you worry-free when it comes to any surprise plumbing issues this winter. But there are quite a few areas that you want to monitor. Whether indoors or outdoors, faucets or pipes, in this piece, we will walk through simple ways that you can with minimal effort have your home “winterized.”

Winter Plumbing Preparation: What are We Preparing For?

Well, the above subheading does raise a valid inquiry. So, for those of you maybe not familiar with Winter Plumbing Preparation, we will explain. Basically, the winter months see a big drop in temperature. At points during the winter, temperatures will go below freezing. This can be a plumbing issue, as your pipes could freeze. Likewise, with snow, ice, or sludge on the ground or in the air, outdoor plumbing items could get clogged or damaged as well.

Below, we will start our helpful hints for Winter Plumbing Preparation. In this series of articles, we will cover burst pipes, indoor plumbing, and outdoor faucets and plumbing as well. Hopefully, by the time you’ve finished reading these posts, you will be able to keep an eye on a few areas that even with temperatures dropping you can feel warm inside, knowing your plumbing system is ready for the cold.

What Causes Pipes to Burst in Winter?

Well, the cold. That’s the simple answer. But to go in detail, when temperatures drop below freezing, water freezes. When water freezes, it expands. When this water is contained inside pipes, this puts an incredible amount of pressure on your pipes. Whether the pipes are plastic or metal, if forced to expand too far, these pipes will crack.

Most at risk and most in need of your Winter Plumbing Preparation are the pipes that run along a home’s exterior walls. This is because these pipes tend to have little insulation. Likewise, pipes that are in an unheated area like a basement, attic, or kitchen cupboard are at greater risk as well. The pipes that are most “at-risk” for freezing, cracking or bursting are any located outdoors. Hose bibbs, pool supply lines, sprinkler system lines all are ones to be given attention during your Winter Plumbing Preparation.

Winter Plumbing Preparation for Indoor Plumbing

To start, we will take a look at some helpful hints for Winter Plumbing Preparation inside the house. Below are six reminders that could wind up saving you not only from a mess but also in repair costs.

  • Add additional insulation to basements, attics, and crawl spaces. This helps to raise and keep temperatures higher in these usually less insulated areas.
  • If going out of town for an extended period of time or not going to be at your house, set the thermostat no lower than 55 degrees
  • Repair any broken windows or door seals to help keep temperatures regulated inside the house
  • Keep your garage door closed
  • Open kitchen and bathroom faucets to let them drip during extremely cold temperatures. This helps to keep the water moving and doesn’t allow for it to freeze.
  • Remove all outdoor hoses from the spigot. Hoses can often time hold water inside them even after the water has been shut off. If the water in the hose is left to freeze it will expand and could cause damage to the spigot.

Outdoor Preparation is Next!

In our upcoming second post on Winter Plumbing Preparation, we will take things outdoors. Much like we did in this piece with indoor preparation, we will give you some helpful pointers and remind you of all the areas outdoors that you will want to be sure your Winter Plumbing Preparation is in order.

For information or to contact the most trusted name in Raleigh plumbing, Poole’s Plumbing, go to poolesplumbing.com.