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Trending Kitchen Faucet Types and Features

 

What’s the latest in kitchen faucet trends? Read below for some great ideas for your kitchen.

Hands-Free Faucets. The faucet gods have delivered a solution for any person who’s ever made hamburger patties and didn’t want to touch the faucet handle to turn on the water with their raw-meat slathered hands. Yes, it’s true. The hands-free faucet is motion activated and will turn on with the motion of your hand in front of the sensor. If you’re in the market, look for hands-free faucets that a) have placed sensors at the front of the faucet instead of underneath or behind and b) have an option to switch to manual.

Tap-Only Faucets. Its name says it all. Meet the kissing cousin to the hands-free faucet. These tap-only faucets require just a tap to get the water flowing, making your time in the kitchen not only more convenient but more sanitary.

Pot-Filler Faucets. This is the faucet for those who are serious about cooking or for anyone who dreads carrying that big pot of water from the sink to the stove for fear there will be an accident – whether from tripping over your four-year old’s misplaced toy or your own feet. Basically, it’s a wall-mount faucet placed strategically over the stove to enable you to fill pots with water without leaving the stove.

Bar Faucets. These faucets have become much more popular with the rise of the kitchen island. A bar faucet in your island, or in a corner can be a huge help when more than one cook is in the kitchen, or if you need that extra space for food prep.

In-Faucet Filters. Tired of filling filtered pitchers or purchasing water bottles? This may be your answer. The In-faucet filter is exactly what it says – and will deliver filtered water to your cup or pitcher from the kitchen sink.

Soap Dispenser. Every sink has to have soap, the question is from where. If you want to reduce clutter around your kitchen sink, a soap dispenser may be something to consider. You can refill the dispenser under the sink, allowing you to keep product packaging out-of-sight and out-of-mind.

Hot Water Dispenser. With water dispensed at about 200 degrees Fahrenheit, a cup of hot tea is just moments away with a hot-water dispenser – what could be better?

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Buying a Kitchen Faucet

 

You probably use your kitchen faucet every day yet it’s easy to take this mini appliance for granted. The fact is, the right faucet can make your life easier  in the kitchen. Therefore, it’s worth spending some time considering your options before purchasing one for your new home, or replacing your existing faucet.

The first thing to consider is how you plan to use your sink. A higher faucet arc is a win for homeowners who need more room to maneuver large pots and pans in the sink. For those moms and dads who plan to bathe your infant in the kitchen sink, the type of sprayer you use will be an important choice.

Once you’ve determined what  you need in your faucet, think about whether you want a deck-mount or a wall-mount. A deck-mount faucet attaches to the counter using water lines from below, while a wall-mount faucet requires water lines to be installed behind the wall.

Next, how do you want your water to be delivered? With one handle that you can move forward and back for warm or cold water? Or do you prefer to manage your water temperature with two handles, one for warm water and the other for cold?

Regardless of how many handles you choose, make sure to find out how many holes your existing or new sink has in it. For one handled faucets, you’ll need one hole and for two-handled faucets you’ll need three holes. The number of holes in the sink you are working with may help determine your faucet choice. However, know that you can purchase base plates or deck plates which attach to the counter or wall that can cover additional holes if needed.

And don’t forget to consider your sprayer. Manufacturers offer faucets with sprayers placed on the side of the faucet and others that are pull-down. If you choose a pull-down sprayer, try to find a faucet with a magnetic catch. This will make things even easier for you in your daily routine.

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Preventing Hard Water Stains on Granite

 

Granite countertops have become the standard in kitchens across the country for good reason: their beauty and durability. But it’s critical to take good care of your granite so that it will continue to possess the qualities that you love so much. One issue that can wreak havoc on the beauty of your granite is hard water stains. Thankfully, with a little regular elbow grease, it’s relatively easy to prevent stains from occurring.

First and foremost, don’t allow water to pool around your faucets after use. Whether from water splashing while doing the dishes, or from a leaking faucet, water at the base of your faucet can make for unsightly hard water stains that can become difficult to clean. Always have a dry, absorbent cloth at the ready to wipe around your faucets regularly.

Next, seal the sink and faucet atleast one to two times a year if possible. It’s easy to forget that granite is a porous material that will absorb water. That absorption can cause dark spots in your granite, ultimately harming the beauty of the granite. If the granite appears darker after getting wet, or if water absorbs into the granite rather than sitting on top of it, this is your sign to re-seal.

If you’ve already noticed some hard water stains caused by lime buildup, grab a plastic putty knife and gently scrape the stains to lift up the buildup. Once you’re done, clean the granite with a stone cleaner specifically formulated for stone and a soft, clean microfiber cloth to clean the area thoroughly and bring back the natural beauty of your granite.

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Cleaning Bathroom Mold & Mildew

So how do you prevent mold growth? The first step is to be vigilant about keeping your bathroom dry and well-ventilated. When you take a shower or bath, turn on your vent fan or even open a window. After bathing, make sure any accidentally spilled water is off the floor and your towel is hung up so that it can dry thoroughly. Don’t throw it down and let it sit in a corner – that’s asking for trouble. In addition, wiping the water around your sink up on a regular basis can help keep the moisture at bay.

But what to do if mold and mildew are already growing? There are several different options from borax to bleach, but one of the most natural and effective methods is using white vinegar. Believe it or not, vinegar reportedly can get rid of up to 82 percent of molds. So why not give it a try before bringing out the harsher chemicals?

If you’ve discovered mold growth in your bathroom, fill a small spray bottle with undiluted vinegar. Spray the area that you want to clean with vinegar and let it sit for up to two hours, but no less than one hour. Next, take a soft clean cloth and scrub the mold. If you need something stronger, a scouring pad or old toothbrush are great for this task as well.

After you’ve scrubbed away the mold, rinse the area thoroughly. If you can still see a few spots, mix a paste of three parts baking soda and one part water. Next, apply the paste to the hard-to-remove and hard-to-reach areas, then spray with white vinegar. Scrub with old toothbrush or scouring pad again and then rinse.

At this point, unless the mold is severe, you should have a clean area. In the case that you still have mold that’s not budging, it may be time to break out the bleach for further cleaning. If you do this, make sure that you’ve thoroughly rinsed the area with water so that the bleach and vinegar do not mix.

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Protect Your Plumbing During a Major Storm or Flood

It’s no secret that Hurricane Season 2017 is upon us. Americans have already seen four strong hurricanes wreak havoc in the Gulf and the Atlantic. Thanks to many years of great communication campaigns, most people know exactly what to pack in their hurricane kits. But did you know there are a few steps you can take to help protect your home’s plumbing?

Check your drainage system. From gutters to downspouts, you want to make sure there are no blockages so that water can run freely away from your home. It’s also a good idea to check curbside drains and street culverts close to your home to rid them of any debris that may keep them from draining properly.

Check your sump pump. If you have a sump pump, check it to be sure it’s in good working order. This powerhorse can can be a big help in protecting your plumbing lines from flood waters as long as you have power. Before extreme situations, a battery back-up should be a consideration.

Know how to shut off your water. Before a major storm or rain event, it’s critical to locate your main water shut-off valve. Long before waters begin to rise, shut off the water in your home to prevent contaminated water from entering your system.

Check your sewer line. Are you experiencing drainage issues? Do you suspect a larger sewer line problem? Be sure to tackle these issues before storm season arrives. Heavy rains not only create problems for sewer lines, but they also make current problems much, much worse.

Inspect your property after the storm. Heavy rains, major storms and floods can wreak havoc on your home’s property. After the storm passes, check your foundation for cracks or water damage and determine whether shrubs or trees have been moved as displaced roots can cause problems for underground sewage lines.

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Fall Home Maintenance Part Three: Your Lawn

There’s no question that home maintenance is critical to retaining the value of your home. And a vital part of your home’s curb appeal is your lawn and landscape. To make sure your yard is prepared to look its best next spring, you’ll need to take a few steps.

Keep watering and mowing. Your lawn will love you for this. As it prepares to go dormant for winter, its soaking up all the water and nutrients it can to support it through the winter.

Aerate. By allowing oxygen, water and fertilizer into the soil, aerating will help keep your lawn looking beautiful. If you don’t have an aerator of your own, you can often rent one from a local home and garden store, like Home Depot or Lowes.

Fertilize. Want a thick, green lawn next spring? Experts say mid to late fall is the best time for fertilizing. This will help your grass grow deeper, stronger roots.

Control weeds. Apply an herbicide in early fall to ensure you’re not dealing with weeds come Spring.

Rake leaves. As the leaves fall, take the time to remove them quickly so that they don’t sit too long on your healthy lawn. Wet leaves from rain or morning dew create a prime environment for mold and fungus growth.

Fill in bald spots. Everyone one has a spot or two that just needs a little extra help. Grab your rake and scratch up the bald spots, then follow with a lawn repair mixture, which is a combination of grass seed, quick start fertilizer and organic mulch.

Plant flowering bulbs. For beautiful spring tulips and day lilies, now is the time to plant. So go pick your favorites from the garden store and start planting!

Cut your grass short. Towards the end of fall, begin cutting your grass short to help your grass look it’s best throughout the winter while minimizing chances for snow mold growth.

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Fall Home Maintenance Part Two: Your Home’s Exterior

 

While indoor home maintenance is critical as you prepare for the fall and winter months, your home’s exterior is equally important. There are key items that need to be checked to ensure you and your home are well-cared for this winter.

Clean your gutters and downspout. If this isn’t on your annual to-do list, it should be. If the gutters or downspouts are full or clogged, rain water doesn’t flow as it should through your gutter system, thus it will overflow from the gutter straight to the ground below which can mean trouble for your foundation. Too much water at the base of your foundation is a breeding ground for many issues, including a cracked foundation.

Inspect the roof. Now’s a great time of year to identify and replace any missing or damaged shingles. If you are comfortable doing this, great. Otherwise, hire a trusted professional.

Weatherize windows. Again, a good time for making sure screens and weather-stripping are in good shape and ready for cold temperatures.

Inspect the perimeter of the house. Take a stroll around the house to inspect your foundation and grading. If soil has washed away from the base of the foundation, now’s the time to refill it, making sure the grade declines away from your home.

Repair and seal driveway. Before cold weather hits, you need to inspect your driveway and walkways for cracks and damage.

Clean the deck. After a summer full of activity, including small kids, family gatherings and pets, your deck deserves a good cleaning. Break out the pressure washer and make her shine.

Cover and store outdoor furniture. Take advantage of the beautiful weather to clean your outdoor furniture and store what you won’t be using this winter. When spring arrives, it will be ready to be put to work.

Bring latex paint inside. Many people don’t realize that freezing weather can and will ruin latex paint.

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Fall Home Maintenance – Part One

As you say goodbye to August and hello to September, now is a good time to begin preparing your fall home maintenance list. With school activities, football games, holidays and family gatherings, there’s little time to complete these important tasks. To lend you a hand, the next few posts are dedicated to important tasks to schedule and complete this fall. So mark this page and read on!

Your Indoor Checklist:

Clean your refrigerator. Fall means family and friends’ gatherings. You’ll want to make sure you refrigerator is doing its job. So break out your favorite cleaners and some old-fashioned elbow grease. You can do it!

Clean your stove and oven. From baking pumpkin pies and chocolate chip cookies to roasting that turkey and Grandma’s favorite casserole, your oven will be seeing its share of activity this fall as well. Get it ready to shine!

Inspect the furnace. Have a heating professional inspect your furnace to ensure there’s no damage and that all is ready for the chilly weather ahead.

Clean your clothes washer. If you haven’t already done this, now’s a good time. Just check your owner’s manual for any specifics related to your model and get cleaning.

Check your dryer exhaust tube and vent for lint and debris. Clothes dryers can be a hazard if they aren’t well maintained. If you aren’t sure how to complete this task, contact a professional who can make sure your dryer will work safely into the next year.

Clean out your laundry room. Because dryers can be a hazard, keeping your laundry
room clean and free of extra clutter is another positive step in making sure your home is safe.

Test smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. This is a no-brainer. You can test them if you’ve recently replaced batteries. However, if you’re not sure you last changed batteries, toss the batteries and install new ones. A few extra dollars could save your family and your home.

Clean out your mudroom. This one’s simple. Remove all the summer items like pool towels, sunscreen and flips flops and make room for gloves, coats and hats.

Clean your chimney. Contact a professional who can ensure your chimney is ready for the first fire of fall.

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