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Why Install a Vent in a Bathroom

 

Bathrooms accumulate lot of moisture. When the shower is running or you are drawing a bath, the water vapor has to go somewhere and since the bathroom door is often closed when you do that, it can build up quickly, especially if there is no window to open in the bathroom.  Add to this all the moisture that accumulates when you are running the sink to brush your teeth, wash your face or your hands and you can easily see how moisture can be a problem.  So, what to do?

Consider installing a vent fan in your bathroom to help get the moisture out.  This will actually help you in a  number of ways.  First, it will reduce the moisture in the room and therefore reduce mold, milder and strong odors that come along with that.  Second,  it can make the space more comfortable while you are in it.  While it does not cool down the air, by removing the excess humidity, the dryer air can cool you by allowing the water on your body to cool you through evaporation.  Finally,  you won’t have to wipe the mirrors off each time you get out of the shower as they are less likely to fog up with the fan running.

One caution though – always run your vents to the exterior of the home.  You don’t want them to vent to an attic space or another room.  This would simply take one moisture problem (your bathroom) and move it to another area of your home (your attic or your bedroom).  Call a professional to help you install vents if there are no existing ones.

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!

 

To Bleach or Not To Bleach. That is the question.

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We’ve all been there.  The toilet ring is horrible.  The white towels have lost their “whiteness” and shine.  Maybe you have a porcelain serving bowl that, well, just lacks that luster.  What do you do?  It’s easy to reach for the chlorine bleach.  Bleach it and forget it so to speak.  But what does the bleach do to your plumbing?

The good news is that if you are on the city water system, you have few worries.  The bleach you send to the wastewater treatment system will have little impact when combined with the waste of other users.  However, if you live in an area where the wastewater system has a lot of bleach users, you may have a problem. Bleach kills bacteria – both harmful bacteria, and the good bacteria.  This good bacteria is what helps your septic tank ‘process’ your wastewater.  The good bacteria help to break down toilet paper and other waste products.   When too much bleach is introduced,  you don’t have the ‘good bacteria’ to do the job of breaking down the cellulose in the toilet paper.

So, while bleach can erase a lot of things, you want to carefully consider your use of bleach. There are several products on the market today that can help boost your biological activity in your septic tank.  One well known brand is Rid-X.  These treatments are meant to be used monthly.  You simply pour it in your toilet and flush before you leave the house for an extended amount of time or before bed.  You want to use it at a time when you will have decreased activity to allow the product to work.

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!

 

Garbage Disposal or Compost Bin?

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At some level I think all of us want to minimize our impact on the earth.  Maybe it is because we care about our children, and their children, and their children, and so on and so forth.  Maybe it’s because we feel compelled to care for this planet that has been entrusted to our care.  Maybe you just like living the eco-friendly life.  Either way, whatever your motivations, taking care of the environment can lead to nothing but good outcomes.

So, as a part of that what do you do with your kitchen scraps?  Some advocate having a garbage disposal that grinds all matter to smithereens before sending it to the septic tank or wastewater treatment plant.  Others contend that it is better to corral that organic waste and use it to create new, nutrient rich soil through the use of a compost bin.  But which is best?  Turns out the decision is yours.  Both methods keep organic waste out of landfills.  But each method has different benefits and drawbacks.

Consider these things when deciding what works best for you and your household:

  • Compost bins can stink. While compost is great for growing vegetables and flowers once it has matured, it can take a long time to reach that stage.  Are you prepared for the vermin that will visit your compost bin if you can’t completely secure it?  If not, a garbage disposal might be just the thing for you.  In addition to mice and snakes, bees often seek shelter in compost bins.
  • Compost bins require attention to perform optimally. You can’t just set up a bin and walk away.  They have to be watered during dry periods, their performance slows during cooler weather periods, and they often need to be ‘fed’ some type of enzyme or worms to help with the process.
  • Garbage disposals will not give you the rich, organic soil you can expect from a compost bin. If you want the best dirt available, composting is your best option.  Or making friends with someone who is a composter!

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!

Choosing a Dishwasher

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What did we ever do before automatic dishwashers?  Sure, there is the occasion where items have to be hand washed, or you travel to a secluded cabin that doesn’t have a dishwasher, but most of us rely on this kitchen workhorse every day.  So, if you are installing one for the first time, or looking for a replacement how do you pick the right one for you?

First, consider whether you need a compact or standard sized dishwasher.  While the compact models fit in smaller spaces and use less water and energy, they also hold fewer dishes.  If you have a small home and don’t do dishes often a compact might be just the ticket for you.  However, if you have a large family and are constantly doing dishes this may not be the best choice for you.  You will also want to look for cycle selections.  Depending on how you use your dishwasher you may want to have the option of using a light cycle for crystal and a heavy cycle for when you are doing a lot of cooking and have really messy dishes to clean.  Some models even offer energy saving cycles.

You will also want to consider whether you need drying versus air drying cycles.  While the drying cycle uses electricity the air dry does not.  This means it takes longer for dishes to dry.  Noise level is also an important consideration.  If the kitchen is the hub of your house, you may be off put by the amount of noise your dishwasher makes.  Most models will list a decibel level on the label that you can use to compare models.  Finally, always look for the energy guide label.  It will allow you to compare the costs of operating each model.

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!

 

Front Versus Top Load Washing Machines

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Until recently the only time you saw a front loading washing machine was in an industrial application or at the laundromat.  However, they are now the mark of true style, sophistication and conservation in high-end homes.

Top-loading washers do a great job, especially compared to the ones made in the 1980s and earlier.  The washer’s tub sits vertically in the machine and has an agitator in the middle that churns the water and clothes together, forcing water through the items. It drains, refills with clean water, agitates again, drains, rinses and spins. The front-loading machine follows the same basic method, but has many advantages over the standard top-loaders.

However, the front-loading machine offers greater energy efficiency.  Nearly each one has the coveted ‘Energy Star’ label, which means it meets or exceeds the efficiency standards set out by the Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Energy. While a top-loading machine requires enough water to cover all the clothes in its drum, a front-loading washer needs only a third of that amount because its drum is set horizontally in the machine. As the drum turns, it uses gravity to drop the clothes back into the water. And while a top-loading machine will empty the soapy water and refill for a rinse agitation cycle, a front-loading machine just sprays clean water on the load as the drum continues to turn, saving gallons. Since there’s no agitator in a front-loading machine, there’s a lot more room for dirty clothes – and larger loads means fewer loads.

Finally, the front-loading machine’s spin mechanism can reach up to 1,000 rpm, as opposed to the standard top-loader’s average 650 rpm. That means less water left in the laundry, which in turn gives you a shorter drying time, saving energy there, too.

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!

How to Reduce Water Usage in Your Landscape

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Do you feel like you are using too much water in keeping up your landscape?  The US Environmental Protection Agency thinks that many of us are too.  That is why they created the WaterSense program to help you have a beautiful landscape that doesn’t cost a fortune to install or maintain.  Some key components of their program are:

  • Timing is everything – knowing when and how much to water your landscape makes a huge difference. Water while evaporation is low so that you aren’t just adding water to the atmosphere but to your plant roots instead.
  • Look at the label – purchase Water Sense labelled irrigation controls so that your system only waters when needed using timers and sensors with smart technology.
  • Use a professional – contractors can install, audit and maintain your system for you to make sure that you won’t be throwing your water, or dollars, away.

Americans use more than 30% of their water on outdoor landscapes annually.  That is a lot of water when you consider that the average American family uses 320 gallons every day.  So, what can you do to conserve?  Consider these tips:

  • Go native – these plants will use less water.
  • Group plants according to water needs so that you don’t overwater plants that are more drought tolerant.
  • Use healthy soil that can retain moisture and provide optimal growing conditions for plants.
  • Cut (out) the grass – turf requires more water than other landscaping.
  • Water wisely by using smart technology and timers.
  • Use mulch to keep in water.
  • Maintain your yard by using mulch and removing weeds – it will make the yard look better and operate more efficiently.

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!

How to Spot Water Leaks Early

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I know it is frustrating to hear that drip – drip – drip of a leak.  But that tedious sound isn’t the worst part of a small leak.  It’s the fact that a small leak can easily and quickly turn into a really big leak with much bigger consequences than getting on your last nerve.  So, what can you do?  Catch them while they are small and manageable.  And never put a basin under a leak and wait for it to get better because it won’t!

So, how do you head off these disasters?  First catch these leaks early.  Inspect in cabinets, near ice maker connections and laundry connections regularly – at least monthly is ideal.  Yes, it is a pain to pull the washer out to look, but try this instead – look a thin rag over the end of a yardstick and secure with a rubber band.  Using the rag tipped in run it along the floor under the washer.  Water seeks the lowest point and if you pull a wet rag out chances are good you need to investigate.  If not, no worries until the next month.

Also, follow you nose – it always knows.  If something smells musty or moldy all of a sudden there is likely a reason. Hopefully you’ll just find a cleaning rag that never quite got dried out rather than a leak but all suspicious smells may lead to finding a leak so check it out.  Remember that in addition to water damage, some leaks that are close to sensitive equipment like televisions or computers can cause even more problems.  And never let water sit on wood – it can lead to rot.  So, if you find a leak what should you do?  Cut off the water at the nearest cut off.  In most bathrooms and kitchens you will find it right under the sink.  Older homes may have longer distances to cut offs or even require you to use a whole house cut off.  Call a licensed plumber immediately to repair the leaks and look for other unseen damage.

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 Scope Your Pipes?

No one would scope their plumbing pipes unless they have a problem – right?  But what might you be missing?  sewer-camaraWhy not find out about your problems early?  By scoping your pipes before you have a blockage you can prevent problems and more expensive repairs down the road.  So if your pipes are running slow, or you suspect damage, call Go Green to scope your pipes.    Our professionals can bring in our special scopes to take a good look at your pipes from the inside out.

By scoping your pipes you can abate tree and plant roots early to avoid further damage. Tree roots can grow into the pipes through small cracks.  These small cracks become large cracks when the roots get into them and expand.  In order to prevent future problems you will need to clean out the roots that are in there and either remove the tree altogether.  Some chemicals can be placed in the lines on a regular basis to prevent these roots from continuing to grow.  You can also repair cracks before they become  bigger problems. The technician can insert a small camera into the pips and track them all the way through to where they connect to the sewage lines leading to the city or your septic tank.

We utilize cameras that are very sophisticated and can pinpoint exactly where there are issues in the line.  This ways there is no guessing about where exactly the crack is.  Other plumbers have to estimate where is issue is and have to excavate more of your yard in order to find it.  We are able to reduce the amount of digging required to get to the crack or problem.

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!

Appliances Got a Funky Smell?

 

Do your kitchen and laundry appliances have a smell that is . . .  well, not too fresh?  If so, your appliances may be holding in water that isdouble bowl stainless meant to be flushed out at the end of the cycle.  But never fear, there is nothing wrong with your appliance or plumbing, this is simply a by-product of the new designs.

Here are a few easy steps to take to get rid of that smell and brighten your kitchen and laundry room as soon as possible!  First, let’s consider what may be causing these smells.  First, for all appliances, clean all of the surfaces thoroughly including the front, sides, interior compartment and underneath.  With refrigerators, be sure to pull the condensation pan underneath and empty it before cleaning it thoroughly with a mild soap solution.  Vacuum coils to remove any excess dust on refrigerators.  Specific appliances to treat include:

  • Dishwashers – make sure to remove any food debris in the basement and prevent future debris by thoroughly scraping dishes. Be sure to remove and clean the screen as well as the lip of the door. Consider using a dishwasher cleanser available at most grocery and general stores.
  • Washing machine – clean lint filters and detergent, softener and bleach dispensing cups. Consider running a load with a commercially available cleaner or run a load with hot water and two cups of vinegar with no clothes in the machine.  If you see a scummy looking build up along the line where your laundry typically reaches consider cutting back on your detergent amount.  Too much detergent can cause odors.
  • Garbage disposal – cut up lemons and add rock salt. Run disposal with these items in it for a few minutes while flushing with hot water.

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!