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Installing A Remote Water Faucet

 

Spring is here and many are turning their thoughts to planting and gardening.  Along with that comes thoughts on keeping everything watered during the hot summer months.  Dragging around long water hoses can be a heavy and tiresome chore.  The solution may be installing a remote water faucet.  A remote faucet is a stand-along faucet a distance from your home water source.  There are a couple of ways to set up a your remote faucet.

Option 1:  Begin with replacing your single valve outdoor faucet with a 2 to 4 valve.  This allows you to connect multiple water hoses.  Connect a water hose and move to the area needed.  Tuck hose up near your foundation or cover with mulch to conceal.  Attach a cut-off valve to the end of the water hose.  If at your deck, use holding brackets to attach to one of your deck pickets.  Then connect the water hose you will use to water your garden or plants.  You can use a water hose holder or reel to keep your hose stored neatly.  If the location has no mounting post, purchase a free standing water hose holder and then attach your watering hose.

Option 2:  If a remote faucet is needed some distance from your outdoor faucet, you might want to consider having an underground water pipe run from your home to the gardening area you water.  Unless you are an advanced plumbing DIYer, you might want a professional to handle this project as it requires splicing into an existing water line, and soldering if you have copper piping in your home.  A professional will also know to check for any buried cables or pipes in the area for the underground pipe.  They will also know what depth to bury the pipe based on the freeze levels in your area.  You will still need to determine what post to use at the installation site.  PVC fence post provides a nice look and can be finished with a decorative cap.  However, you can make your own post of any material, just remember to make it hollow to hide and protect the water pipe.

Whichever choice you make, know that a remote water faucet can make your gardening chores easier.  Allowing you more time to relax and enjoy the results of all your hard work.

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!

Fixing Your Kitchen Sink Sprayer Hose

Having a sprayer hose at your kitchen sink is a handy thing to have, until it no longer works.  Then you find out how much you really do use it.  Below are some issues to troubleshoot before purchasing a new one.

  1. If your sprayer hose isn’t spraying evenly some of the small spray nozzles may be clogged.   Mix together 1/2 cup vinegar and 1 1/2 cups hot water in a bowl or glass.  Place the sprayer hose head in the mixture and allow it to sit for an hour.  Use a soft toothbrush or cloth to clean away any buildup that may remain.
  2. For a leaking sprayer hose, first determine the area leaking.  Do this by turning on the water and watching for the area leaking.  If the hose is leaking where the head connects to the hose, try turning the sprayer clockwise to make certain it is tight.  If it continues to leak, remove the sprayer head and check that the washer is firmly in place.  Replace the sprayer head and see if it continues to leak.  The washer will need to be replaced if the leak is still present.
  3. A leak under the sink where the sprayer hose connects to the faucet will require tightening the connection with a wrench.  If the leak continues, make certain the hot and cold shut-off valves are turned off.  Remove the hose from the faucet connection then use wrap thread sealing tape and sealing paste around the external connection.  Replace the hose and tighten with a wrench.  Turn on the water to test for a continued leak.  If the hose still leaks then a new sprayer hose is needed.
  4. To install a new sprayer hose, turn off the hot and cold shut-off valves.  Install the decorative sprayer holder in the hole near the faucet.  Feed the sprayer hose through the hole and connect to the faucet underneath the sink.  Be certain to use the thread sealing tape and sealing paste on the external faucet connection to ensure the tightest seal.  Turn on the water and check for leaks.  Tighten the connection as needed to stop any leaks.

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Dealing With A Cabinet-Sink Leak

 

If you have experienced a leak under your sink, you now know all too well the mess that can be left behind.  Even after the excess water has been cleared away, and the leak fixed, you may now be dealing with damage done to your cabinet floor.  However, don’t stress that you have to replace the entire cabinet.  There are a couple of things you can do to fix the problem.

If the leak was a small one that was caught quickly and repaired, all that may be required is to wipe up any standing water and keep the doors open to allow the area to dry out.  Setting a fan in front of the open doors can assist with this process.

Once the area is dried completely, inspect the cabinet floor for damage.  There may be some slight bubbling or discoloration of the area where the water stood.  If you are concerned about how this looks, you can line the bottom of the cabinet with a sink shelf liner.  You can also use peel and stick tiles that will not only cover the effected area, but help provide protection if you have a future leak.

But what if you had a bigger leak, and the cabinet floor is completely water-logged and sagging?   Not only is the cabinet floor beyond repair in this case, but you will want to have it removed so that any mold issues can be addressed.  You still want to begin with drying out the area as much as possible.  Clean up any remaining water, then leave the cabinet doors open and use a fan to circulate air.

Replacing the cabinet floor will require that the old floor be cut out, and a new base and floor installed.  Since an oscillating saw is needed for this process, you might want to have a professional handle this for you.  Once the new base and floor is installed you can decide whether you want to just water treat it, paint it, or add another treatment.  Besides the items mentioned above, you could also consider using formica, vinyl or ceramic tiles.

Having a water leak is never a fun thing.  But having some ideas of how to deal with the resulting problems can make it less painful.  You may also end up with a nice, updated look for your cabinet floor to show off to your family and friends.

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!

Under Counter Ice makers

 

Do you have a large family that uses a lot of ice?  Or, love to entertain and tired of carrying home large bags of ice?  The solution to your problems may just be an “under counter ice maker”.  Designed to fit under your countertop like a dishwasher, it can be worked right into your kitchen design.  If having a constant supply of ice sounds like a good choice for your home, here are some things to review before making your purchase.

Location:

First and foremost, determine the location for your ice maker.  This will allow you to purchase the correct size for the space available.  Remember that access to a water line and 110V-120V 3-prong outlet is needed.

Capacity:

Capacity of the ice maker is related to the size of the ice maker.  A smaller space means a machine with a smaller capacity.  However, an ice maker with a high production rate will allow the machine to remake ice faster.  Different types of ice machines make different shapes of ice (i.e., nugget or pearl ice, cube ice, crescent ice, or gourmet).  Built in water filters are another feature to be considered, along with whether or not the machine comes with a warranty.

Installation:

Installation is another consideration.  An experienced DIYer might be able to manage the installation. However, there are several complicated aspects to be considered, so having a professional handle it might be worth the additional cost.  Proper installation ensures your ice maker works at its best and alleviates leak concerns that can damage cabinets and flooring.

Having an under counter ice maker means you’re less likely to run out of ice right when you need it — an important asset to your family on a daily basis, and when entertaining.  You’ll be able to sit back, relax, and never worry about having enough ice on hand.

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!

Handling Problems With Your Residential Well Pump

 

If your home has a well as its water source you will encounter issues that those living with municipal water access do not.  Although a well provides lower monthly costs, the maintenance and repairs involved in having a pressure tank, switches and pump come with their own issues.  Below are some areas to check if you begin having problems.

Check the power supply if you have no running water.  Power surges and blackouts can trip your electrical circuit breaker, shutting down your system.  Locate the correct circuit breaker for your well pump, switch off, then on again.  Once the circuit breaker is back on, you should have running water again if this is the problem.

Too much of a demand on your water system can trip the pressure switch, and shut the system down.  Locate the pressure switch, a silver bar on the side of a gray box on top of the feed line.  The pressure switch should be at an upward angle.  If  tripped, it will be at a downward angle.  To reset, close the water valves going to the delivery system.  Lift the pressure switch until it engages.  Once the pressure tank refills, slowly reopen the water valves.

Next, check the pressure tank for correct pressure.  The default setting for the pressure switch is 30 psi (pounds per square inch), and the tank should be 2 psi less making it 28 psi.  A lower air pressure can indicate a waterlogged tank, or an air bladder break.  Both issues would require a professional to determine if a repair can be done, or if a new tank is needed.

Discolored water or smells from rust, iron, sulfur, calcium, magnesium and other minerals can also present problems.  Contacting a water treatment specialist can help determine what steps are needed to correct the problem.  Keeping your well pump maintained and in good repair will keep it working for many years, providing your family with all the water it needs.

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!

How to Clean Your Jetted Tub

 

If you have a jetted tub you know how relaxing and de-stressing they can be after a long, hard day.  They can help with pulled or strained muscles during healing as well as reduce arthritis pain.  However, nothing can put a damper on a nice, warm soak like concern over bacteria growing in your jetted water lines.  Studies have shown that bacteria can grow in these areas causing infections and disease.

So, does this mean you can no longer use your jetted tub?  Of course not.  It just means you need give more attention to keeping your jetted tub nice and clean.  This means more than cleaning just the interior of your tub and wiping around the jets.  It requires a few more steps to ensure the jetted water lines are cleaned as well.  Below are the steps you can take to make certain your jetted tub is bacteria free.

  1. Refer to your manufacturer’s manual for recommendations first.  Then begin by removing any dust or dirt from the interior of the tub, and filling it 2 to 3 inches above the jets.  For a more natural clean, add 2 cups of vinegar to the water.  Vinegar does a good job of dissolving buildup without potentially damaging your jets or plumbing.  If you prefer something stronger, then use a 1/2 cup of bleach and 2 tablespoons of a low-sudsing dishwasher liquid.  There are also commercial cleaning products you can purchase.
  2. Before activating the jets,  make certain the air induction valves are turned off (unless the manufacturer recommends they be on during the cleaning process).  Closing these will allow water to circulate through the internal tub plumbing providing a deeper clean.  Then run the jets for 10-15 minutes or until no debris is coming from the internal plumbing.
  3. Drain the tub and refill, again 2-3 inches above the jets.  You will want to run for another 10-15 minutes to flush any remaining debris and rinse the jets thoroughly.
  4. Now comes the interior cleaning part.  You can use a soft cloth and baking soda (or any commercial cleaning product) to remove any grime or buildup.  Use a soft toothbrush or Q-tip to clean around the jet nozzles and trim.  For really hard to reach places, try dental floss.  Remove the air-intake cover, clean with soap and water, then replace. Give the tub a final rinse.

Keep in mind that for a jetted tub that is not used frequently, cleaning quarterly would probably be enough.  But, if used on a regular basis, you will want to following these cleaning steps once a month.  Now that your jetted tub is squeaky clean, inside and out, you can reward yourself with that much deserved long soak.

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!