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Removing Lime Build Up From Bathroom Faucets

 

Lime buildup can make the prettiest sinks and faucets dull, spotty, and unattractive.  Why? Because water has minerals like calcium and magnesium that can be the culprits for hard water deposits or lime buildup.  As water dries on a surface, these minerals remain, causing spots and buildup on and around faucets and sinks.  Although there are commercial cleaners available, there are also some natural  choices that may take care of your problems.

One option to try is a lemon.  Start with a clean, dry surface.  Then, using a fresh lemon that’s been cut in half, or a rag soaked in lemon juice, wipe the corroded area.  Promptly rinse and dry the surface and your sink or faucet should be clean and shiny.  You may use lemon on chrome, brass or copper fixtures without any issues.

If you have more stubborn lime buildup, then white vinegar may help.  Use a rag to apply the vinegar, or pour a little over the area.  Allow the liquid to sit for a few minutes, then wipe the surface clean.  Or, if you’re in a hurry, just soak a small towel in vinegar and lay it around the faucet base.  You may leave the towel in place for a couple of hours and when you return, remove it to rinse and wipe away any deposits remaining.

If your faucet aerator is coated with buildup, remove it and use an old toothbrush to scrub any loose deposits before rinsing.  Next, place it in a small bowl or cup and cover it with heated vinegar (heat just before boiling point).  Let it soak for up to an hour, and then rinse and return it to the faucet.

For your shower head, pour vinegar into a plastic bag, place the plastic bag over the shower head and tie a rubber band around the bag to hold it securely in place. You may then leave it for two to three hours to do its work.  When you return, remove the plastic bag and scrub away any remaining deposits with an old soft toothbrush.

Hopefully, these steps will remove any lime buildup issues you have.  If not, then the commercial cleaners can help, but remember these have pretty harsh chemicals.  Always use rubber gloves and protective eyewear to prevent harm to skin and eyes.

Have more questions? Call us — we’d love to 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!

Your Plumber Can Do More Than “Fix-It”

 

Many people believe that the only time to call a plumber is when you have a clogged pipe or a leaking water line.  But in reality, there are many occasions when a licensed plumber is needed. Are you building a new home?  Do you want to add a bathroom, or move a sink in your existing home?  Then a licensed plumber is just what you need.

When building a new home, there is a ton of work to get your home water system (sewer lines, water lines and drains) installed, and a professional plumber can get it done efficiently.  Each state has specific guidelines for the installation of plumbing in a new home, and a professional plumber is trained and licensed to meet these guidelines.  This ensures that all of your home water system is working properly, and gives you peace of mind.

What about that kitchen, bathroom, or laundry room remodel?  All these projects can require removing old water lines, installing new pipes, relocating sinks, showers and tubs.  With the kitchen, bathroom, and laundry room being busy, popular rooms in your home, you need the plumbing supplying water to them working at their best.  Your local professional plumber can make certain everything is installed correctly and passes local state code requirements.

So, think of your local plumber as more than just a fix-it company.  They are available to help with many home projects, both new construction and existing home improvement.  Give them a call to discuss any projects you might be considering to make certain your home water system performs at its best.

Have more questions? Call us – we’d love to 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!

What’s in Your Water?

 

Water covers about 70 percent of the earth, and humans are made up of up to 60 percent of water. In fact, doctors recommend that you drink at least 64 ounces of water per day to maintain a healthy body. That’s why knowing what’s in your water is so important. One way consumers are ensuring their drinking water is healthy — and tastes good — is by installing home water filtration systems.

If you’re considering this route too, make sure to plan for testing your water first so that you will know what system is best for you. If you access your water through a municipal source, you can request a water quality report from your water utility company. If your home uses a well, you will need to do an independent water test. Even if you use municipal water, you may still want an independent test — especially if someone in you home is pregnant or nursing — or if you have any unexplained illnesses in the family.

Your county health department can sometimes help test for some contaminates. If not, you can have your water tested by a state certified laboratory. Find one in your area by calling the Safe Drinking Water Hotline at 800-426-4791 or go to their website at www.epa.gov/safewater/labs.  You can also check out the Water Systems Council website (watersystemscouncil.org) to locate one in your area.

The laboratory will provide you with instructions on collecting your sample(s).  Follow these guidelines to ensure the most accurate results. There are different collection instructions based on the contaminates you are looking for in the water. Some laboratories may provide a technician to collect the sample, or even do an on-site test, so ask if this service is available.

Knowing what’s in your drinking water, and how those items effect you, will help you find the best water filtration system for your home.  Check out our next blog where we will discuss the different water filtration systems available.

Have more questions? Call us – we’d love to 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!

Energy Efficient Water Heaters – Gas Versus Electric

 

Ask most people and they will agree that we live in a very energy-aware society. People are concerned with finding more ways to conserve now that ever. But, when thinking about energy efficiency, most people may not consider their water heaters as significant means for saving energy – and money. However, water heater usage makes up about 18 percent of your home’s utility bill. With that being said, it’s worth considering ways to be more energy-efficient in this area.

Your decision to be more energy aware can start with the type of water heater you purchase: electric or gas. Many people have electric water heaters in their homes and may not have considered a gas water heater. To that end, below is some information to help you determine which type of water heater is the best for your family and home.

Electric Water Heaters

  1. Less expensive to purchase.
  2. Easier to install.
  3. Monthly utility costs are higher.
  4. Average lifespan is 12 years.
  5. Longer recovery time to reheat.
  6. No hot water during power outages.
  7. No heat loss during operation.

Gas Water Heaters

  1. Purchase price is more.
  2. Install costs more due to gas line hookup and venting.
  3. Utility costs are lower per month.
  4. Average lifespan is 13 years.
  5. Hot water recovery time is less.
  6. Hot water available during power outages.
  7. Some heat loss due to ventilation.

Using these comparisons can assist you in choosing a more energy-efficient hot water heater.  Doing so can help you save money and contribute to saving energy as well.

Taking Care of Our Feathered Friends This Winter

One of the joys of winter for many people is feeding birds who visit their yard searching for treats amidst the cold landscape. Maybe you’re one of those bird lovers? If so, colder temperatures may have you thinking about them. Although birds are made to adjust to colder weather, there are things you can do to make it easier for them.

Provide nutritious food. Pick a premium blend high in black oil sunflower seeds and nuts.  Other high fat foods like suet, meat scraps and peanut butter are also good. Keep in mind that different birds feed differently, so provide hanging feeders for smaller birds, and spread a mixed blend of seeds and nuts on the ground for ground feeders. Just do this near bushes or under a deck to protect from predators.

Add additional feeders and birdhouses. Winter months can make it hard to find their own food, so having more feeders can help. Choose feeders that keep seed dry to prevent fungal and bacterial growth. Birdhouses give them a place to roost. Placing dry grass or wood shavings inside will help keep them warm.

Don’t forget water. Check and refill it daily. Adding several rocks to the water container will give them a place to land. To avoid problems with sometimes not-so-adorable four-legged animals (i.e., squirrels, chipmunks, etc.), place food out for them too. Just locate their food a distance away from your bird feeders. They love nut blends, corn, and especially nuts in the shells.

While you are working hard to stay warm and healthy this winter, try to remember your feathered and furry friends as well. They will love you for it!

Have more questions? Call us – we’d love to 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!

Remove Odors From Your Refrigerator

The new year is here, but there may be some leftovers from 2016 hanging around — literally. After the dinners, parties and celebrations, your refrigerator may still be housing leftovers, expired items, or produce that’s past its freshness, causing bad smells to take over your refrigerator and be difficult to remove. The following steps can help you deal with this problem.

  1. Remove and Clean.  To start, turn the temperature control to off to prevent the refrigerator from cooling while you have the door open to clean. Next, remove all items from the refrigerator, discarding any old or out-of-date items. Then, remove shelves, vegetable bins and inside door sections to prepare for washing. Using warm, soapy water, wipe down the sides, inside the door, bottom, and any non-removable shelves. Be sure and clean the rubber seal around the door as well. Make sure to dry everything well after washing.
  2. Deodorize. Place an open box of baking soda or a plate of freshly ground coffee in the refrigerator for 24 hours to absorb odors. Some people like to leave a box of baking soda in the refrigerator all the time to help prevent odors. If using the ground coffee, after the 24 hours, add it to your soil to fertilize your garden.
  3. Set Temperature. Make sure your refrigerator and freezer are set to the manufacturer’s recommended settings. The temperature being too high or too low can contribute to spoilage, and reduce the life of produce. This can lead to more odors issues.
  4. Freshen.  Add a few drop of Vanilla (extract or essential oil) to a cotton ball and leave in the refrigerator for 24 hours. Lemon slices placed around the refrigerator can also create a nice aroma.
  5. Prevent. Different foods require different storage conditions to maintain the longest shelf life. Make sure foods are kept in sealed containers and stored in the proper bins (i.e., vegetable, dairy, meat) to help them last longer. Check your refrigerator weekly to remove old food and prevent odors from developing.

 

Your refrigerator is a work horse for your family. Cleaning it regularly will keep it fresh and odor free.

Have more questions? Call us – we’d love to 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!

Upgrade Your Coffee — With a Built in Coffee System

 

Many people wouldn’t know how to get their day started without a “cup of joe.”  But, making that first cup happen can be a little challenging sometimes. How many times have you stumbled around the kitchen, half asleep, trying to fill the coffee pot and get that wonderful aroma going to wake you up? Wouldn’t it be wonderful not to hassle with filling the coffee pot with water?  Well, take heart, because there are real solutions for you on the market today.

You might think that only commercial coffee makers, or very expensive ones (over the $10,000 mark), can have its own plumbing system. But, that’s not the case anymore. There are now more affordable coffee makers for the home that are plumbed in to make your morning routine easier and faster.

Research is important to find the exact built-in coffee maker you want. Since there is a variance in price, you will want to look around to get the best deal with the features you want. Some makers come with built-in water filters, which may be an important feature if you have hard water. Other specialized features are built-in coffee grinder, separate hot water dispenser, auto on/off, and auto rinse/clean.

The next thing is to consider the location for your unit. If you are remodeling it may be easier to make the transition to a built-in unit. Your cabinetry can then be designed to have specific cabinet allotted for your unit. The plumbing and electrical can also be done before cabinet install.

However, if you just want to upgrade your kitchen with a built-in coffee unit there are still ways to make this happen. Brew Express makes a unit that sits on your countertop, while it connects to your water supply just like your refrigerator. Brewmatic has one that mounts under an upper cabinet allowing you to keep your countertop free unless brewing a pot of coffee.  Both  units still require some plumbing and electrical, so speak with a professional installer on how to retrofit to your counter space.

Making life more efficient is important to everyone. So, finding ways to make your morning routines simpler and smoother is always a plus. Having a built-in, plumbed-in coffee maker might be just the right step to improving your mornings in this new year — and get you that caffeine fix even faster.

Have more questions? Call us — we’d love to 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!