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Add a Pot Filler for the Ultimate Luxury

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Pot fillers are a great luxury addition to a gourmet kitchen. Not only do they add visual appeal, they can help save you time and energy, especially if you cook a lot. Pot fillers will allow you to fill your pots right on the stovetop. They can fold up to fit closely to the wall and save space.

Pot fillers can be installed in new construction very easily. They can also be added as part of a kitchen remodel. This is not a project for the faint of heart as there can be a lot of work involved with tying into existing plumbing and running a water supply up the wall near the gas/electrical lines. If you choose to install this yourself, consult the instructions that accompany your fixture.

There are many different types of faucets in a variety of finishes, from oiled bronze to nickel to stainless steel. Choose a finish that complements the color of your other fixtures as well as the warmth of other finishes in your home.

Have a plumbing issue and need some help? Call the professionals at Go Green Plumbing at 336-252-2999 for service 7 days a week/24 hours a day. If water runs through it – We Do It!

Update Your Bathroom for Less Than $100

 

Do you want to refresh the look of your bathroom? Just want a change to brighten your day? Want to save some money on a new look? This blog is for you!

There are many ways to freshen up your bathroom without breaking the bank. Bathrooms are small and therefore require a lot less of everything. In addition, your bathroom has a lot of soft décor items rather than hard (and more expensive) items. Here are a few ideas about ways to freshen that look without spending a fortune:

  • Change hand towels, bath rugs and shower curtain
  • Use towels as a decorative accessory – roll them into decorative rolls and place in a basket for a pop of color
  • Consider washcloths as a tabletop décor item that also provides for a handy dispenser
  • Paint! Most bathrooms are small and require less than one gallon of paint
  • Use collected natural items like cones, rocks or shells to make a bold statement in a bathroom and provide a grounding element
  • Change fixtures – this is more expensive, but nice faucets and towel racks can be had for less than $100
  • Use inexpensive frames and images from photo magazines to add color to your walls

Have a plumbing issue and need some help? Call the professionals at Go Green Plumbing at 336-252-2999 for service 7 days a week/24 hours a day. If water runs through it – We Do It!

 

Removing Buildup on your Shower Head

 

Does your shower head seem to spray in every direction except the right one when you get in the shower in the morning? Mine did. Since I have well water, it is not all that uncommon to have the holes in the shower head stop up with the minerals in the water. But fear not, there is hope for a fix that doesn’t mean giving up your perfect shower head.

Start by removing your shower head at the junction just past where the spigot comes out of the wall. This can usually be done by loosening it by hand, but in cases of extreme blockage you may need a wrench. Once removed, turn on the faucet so that you can make sure water flows freely from the pipe. If it doesn’t call Go Green Plumbing to diagnose the problem. Next, look at your shower head. Often, there will be a white, crusty material around the holes in the shower head. This is the mineral deposit.

There are two ways to remove these minerals, and you may have to use a combination of the two methods. One is to manually remove the debris. To do this, you will need a stiff brush. Remember that to remove the mineral accumulation the bristles have to be harder than the minerals, so pretty tough, and pretty damaging to the surface. The second method is a chemical method where you break up the bonds that hold the mineral deposits together. An excellent, and environmentally friendly way to weaken these bonds is white vinegar. Soak your shower head for several hours and even overnight. In the morning you will be able to use a softer brush (nylon bristle) to remove any undissolved residue. Be sure to test the vinegar solution in an inconspicuous spot before soaking to make sure it won’t ruin the finish. Reinstall shower head.

Have a plumbing issue and need some help? Call the professionals at Go Green Plumbing at 336-252-2999 for service 7 days a week/24 hours a day. If water runs through it – We Do It!

Replacing an Outlet by Go Green

How to Replace an Outlet

Do you have cracked cover plates on your light switches or outlets? Do you have outlets that don’t work? It is really simple and easy to replace those switches as well as the cover plates.

First, disconnect the outlet or switch from the power supply. Cut the power supply at the fuse box by flipping the circuit breaker or removing the fuse. Next, remove the cover plate. When removing the outlets or switch, make not of which wire connects to which pole. Your new outlet should look a lot like the one you removed. Make the same connections to the new unit that were on the old unit. You can really improve the look of a room by ensuring all covers match and are clean by replacing them.

Have a plumbing issue and need some help? Call the professionals at Go Green Plumbing at 336-252-2999 for service 7 days a week/24 hours a day. If water runs through it – We Do It!

Why Go Tankless? by Go Green Plumbing, Greensboro North Carolina

Ever thought about going Tankless?

If you find that you have to replace your water heater, you might want to consider a tankless water heater.  Tankless12814721_1539557743041497_2945426110015825869_n water heaters are efficient because you just heat the water you use rather than storing multiple gallons of water.

Benefits of a Tankless Water Heater system:

  • You are unlikely to run out of hot water. They heat water as it’s coming through the unit, on demand.
  • They utilize 30-50% less energy saving up to 40% off your utility bill!
  • Eliminate the extra cost of keeping 40 to 50 gallons of water hot in a storage tank
  • Easier to fill up a large tub or big whirlpool since the water continues to stay hot
  • They are smaller units that mount to the wall, saving space
  • There are many types and brands out there, and we service them all
  • Most units are very durable and last a very long time
  • Since the water hasn’t been sitting in a tank for long periods of time, the water is cleaner

Have a plumbing issue and need some help? Call the professionals at Go Green Plumbing at 336-252-2999 for service 7 days a week/24 hours a day. If water runs through it – We Do It!

 

Irrigation System by Go Green Plumbing

 

Is an Irrigation System Right for You?

With spring just around the corner, you may be daydreaming of that beautiful emerald green lawn and how wonderful it will feel to finally sink your bare feet into that nice lush carpet of grass. But how are you going to ensure you have that luscious yard? Maybe an irrigation system is right for you.

If you find that the trouble of getting out the hose and sprinklers keeps you from taking care of your lawn like you should, you may want to consider an irrigation system. Irrigation systems can free you from worrying about your lawn by being set up on timers. This way you don’t have to remember to water the lawn, but you also can set it up to water in the early morning hours when water loss is minimal.

Irrigation systems do require some maintenance. Systems need to be checked to make sure there are no breaks in the lines, must be winterized and don’t plan on parking on your lawn with an irrigation system. Sprinkler heads can and do break if you run over them with the car.

Have a plumbing issue and need some help? Call the professionals at Go Green Plumbing at 336-252-2999 for service 7 days a week/24 hours a day. If water runs through it – We Do It!

Composting by Go Green Plumbing

Composting for Beautiful Produce

Want to grow summer tomatoes that are the envy of the neighborhood? How about flowers that are perfect for arranging? Compost may be the answer to you are seeking. Earlier this week we talked about how you can use a garbage disposer to get rid of your kitchen scraps by flushing them down the drain. What if you don’t want to flush them down the drain but instead want to harness the power of that waste for your garden? We have answers!

Composting is easy to begin. There are a couple of basic things you will need:

  • A container. You will need a container that can keep your organic material in one place, and keep moisture in, but also lets air flow through. You can either purchase one that comes ready to use with features like a handle to turn the compost or make one with salvaged pallets.
  • Brown and green waste. Brown waste like dried leaves, twigs and dry grasses must be used in conjunction with green wastes like peels, vegetable bits, fresh grass clippings and fruit peels. Always add a bit of brown waste when adding green waste to balance the moisture/air balance.
  • Keep your mixture moist and turned at all times. While it doesn’t require daily maintenance, you should check it each time you dispose of a batch of green waste, or weekly, whichever is most frequent.
  • Place your compost bin in a sunny location so that it is able to warm up during the day. If the compost bin is too cold, the breakdown process will slow.
  • Avoid dairy and meats. These can rot and attract dogs, mice, raccoons, skunks and nuisance animals. Instead dispose of these in the trash or through your garbage disposer.

It can be intimidating, but you should just start. As you work with it you will learn more about the specific needs of your compost bin.   When your compost smells like rich earth soil, and is crumbly, it is ready to be used. Use as a top-dressing in your garden, as a soil amendment or as a growing medium.

Have a plumbing issue and need some help? Call the professionals at Go Green Plumbing at 336-252-2999 for service 7 days a week/24 hours a day. If water runs through it – We Do It!