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Plumbing in a Tiny Home

 

With the Tiny Home popularity growing, many are interested in what it takes to build a Tiny Home.  Once you figure out the size and layout, one of the remaining details is plumbing: How will you get water in and out of your Tiny Home? Below we’ve laid out a few ideas for you to consider.

Simplest, But Not the Easiest 

One choice—and the least costly—is to go with no plumbing at all.  You can still have water in your Tiny Home, but YOU will be the system to transport water in and out.  By using buckets or bottles, you can carry water into your home.  This is made easier by making sure your Tiny Home is near a water source.  If this isn’t possible, buying water in bulk may be necessary.  However, keep in mind that this requires space to store the bulk supplies.  Going this route will save you money on the initial build, but cost more in time securing and moving water to and around your Tiny Home.

Tank Water Source And Pump

This system allows you to have a water tank installed during the building of your Tiny Home.  In order for a water tank to work you must have a pump that circulates and pressurizes the water.  A downside to this is that the pump can be a bit noisy when in use, and the tank monopolizes some of your limited space.  But getting creative in finding space for your water tank can be challenging and fun.

Let’s Stay Put

If being self-contained and mobile is not an issue for you, then finding a permanent location for your Tiny Home will allow you to have a more typical water source.  You can then install regular plumbing in your Tiny Home, and connect to a public water source like an RV or regular home.

Best of Both Worlds

If you want to stay put most of the time, but are interested in some mobility, then you can install regular plumbing and a tank/pump system.  This allows you the flexibility of having regular plumbing while remaining stationary. But, if the desire to roam hits, you have a self-contained system on board.  This is the most costly and time-consuming option, but it does provide you with the most flexibility.

Entering the Tiny Home world can be exciting and overwhelming all at once, but knowing how to do it properly will allow you to be a success.  Our next post will deal with handling water as it leaves your Tiny Home.  Check back to see how to finish out your Tiny Home plumbing.

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!

Is A Kitchen Prep Sink In Your Design Plan?

 

When deciding on a design for your kitchen remodel, give some consideration to multiple sinks.  Having a smaller bar or prep sink, along with your regular double bowl kitchen sink, can make your kitchen run more efficiently.

A bar or prep sink is a singular, smaller sink that is available in square, round, or rectangular shapes.  Due to the size of these sinks they can be placed in a strategic location to meet specific needs.  For example, a bar sink (or a longer trough sink) installed in a side counter area creates a space to hold ice, iced drinks, or chilled hors d’oeuvres during a party.  It also makes a great location for a coffee or tea station.

If you find yourself sharing your kitchen space with another person, or persons, a second prep area is very beneficial.  A prep sink placed in a kitchen island where the majority of food preparation happens can be a lifesaver.  An island sink is the natural place to wash fruits and vegetables, so while you’re at it, install a garbage disposal to help with cleanup.

And, of course, don’t forget the design appeal of having a bar or prep sink in your kitchen. Without a doubt, it provides a touch of luxury. And with the different shapes and textures available today you can match your personal design, ranging from modern to rustic.

This additional work space will have your kitchen looking great even as it works hard.

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!

The Hidden Shower Drain

When doing a bathroom remodel, homeowners usually focus on what they consider the big items.  For example, the tub, vanity, countertop, and tile all contribute to the overall design we want in our bathroom so they are a natural choice. One thing homeowners normally don’t think about is the drain system in the shower.  Most people are used to the simple round drain that sits in the middle of our shower floor.  Though it gets the job done, no one can call it pretty or attractive.

Today, however, there are new and attractive choices available.  Tagged as “hidden or premium shower drains,” these drains allow for a more finished and attractive look on your shower floor.  They come in linear—or trench—shape, square and triangular shapes, as well as curbless designs that are simply an opening at the bottom of the wall.

It’s helpful to note that using a hidden or premium drain can expand your design choices as well.  Using larger sized tiles, shaped and patterned tiles are easier to implement now than ever before.  And most importantly, you don’t have to worry about an ugly round drain detracting from your beautiful tile work.

However, as with any remodeling project, research your choices and discuss them with your contractor or plumber.  This will ensure that you have picked the best drain for your shower area.  Then you can enjoy the smooth, finished look and feel of your new shower floor for years to come.

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!

Plumbing Inspection When Buying a Home

Buying a home can be an exciting, yet stressful, experience. Finding the house you want to make your home is often overshadowed, albeit temporarily, by the stress of making sure all is well with your wonderful find. Fortunately, thorough home inspections can provide peace of mind. However, some areas, like plumbing, can be costly if issues arise. So how can you be certain that everything is okay and covered in the inspection? Knowing a few things you can discuss with your inspector or plumber will help.

Some things to ask about:

1.  Water Heater(s) – Water heaters are usually an afterthought to most people, but it’s an appliance workhorse. Because of how dependent we have become on them, making sure that the one in your new home is in good working order is key. An inspector will check for leaks and corrosion, as well as ensuring the PRV valve is working properly.

2.  Toilets – Another item in our homes that get a lot of use, but can be neglected, is the toilets. Small leaks at the back of a toilet can cause big problems if not found and fixed in time.  The water stop valve should be checked for leaks, and the toilet itself checked for stability. A rocking toilet can also cause leaks. TIP: Signs of leaks can be found in the flooring. They include vinyl turning purple from water damage, and grout lines turning white or darker at the toilet base.

3.  Sinks – Kitchen and bathroom sinks should be inspected. The hot and cold stop valves should be checked for leaks or corrosion. TIP: Water stains on the bottom cabinets can be an indication of a water leak.

4.  Showers/Tubs – For enclosed showers, the baseboard and drywall that butts up against the shower pan needs to be assessed. A leak at the base of the shower can cause the baseboard to swell and the drywall to be soft. Shower and tub combos that use shower curtains, can produce problems as well. A shower curtain not properly closed during showering can allow water to run over the tub corners, causing damage to the flooring. TIP: Vinyl flooring lifting or discoloring, or a softness when stepping on or touching the area, can be an indication of damage.

5.  Basement/Crawl Space – For finished basements, the inspector will look for wet spots, or water stained areas, pointing to a pipe leak. Unfinished basements and crawl spaces enable the inspector to assess the water pipes directly for leaks. This is the time they can look for subfloor damage under kitchen and bathrooms caused by leaks.

Knowing these things will ensure the house you are purchasing is getting a thorough review.  Then all that’s left is to relax, and enjoy getting settled into your new home.

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!

Heat Your Water Fast! by Go Green Plumbing

Who doesn’t get tired of waiting for the hot water when you turn on the shower or faucet?  Ever add up those minutes in a week to see how much time is wasted watching perfectly good water go down the drain?  Speaking of “water going down the drain”, studies show that billions of gallons of water are wasted each year by households nationally while waiting for the hot water to show up.  But what can we do to change this?  None of us really love taking cold showers, unless its 95º and our air conditioning is out. hotwatersystem_std

Well, there is a solution.

Installing a hot water recirculation system will get the hot water to where you need it without the long wait.  Rather than waiting on your home’s water pressure to get the hot water to you, a hot water recirculation system uses a pump to move the water quickly from the water heater to your sink or shower.

There are two types of systems to review. A dedicated, or demand, loop recirculating system has a hot water line looped throughout the house near each plumbing fixture.  At each fixture a short pipe connects the loop to the hot water valve.  A circulation pump is installed on a pipe near the water heater that keeps hot water continually circulating through this loop.  So when you turn on your faucet or shower, you have hot water within seconds.

The second system is an integrated loop system.  This system requires a pump that is installed at the water heater and a special manifold under the plumbing fixture farthest from the water heater.  This system returns cooled water sitting in the hot water line back to the water heater through the cold water lines.  This can raise the temperature of the cold water slightly, but will return to normal temperature quickly.

Some systems keep water recirculating constantly, or can be set up on a thermostat or timer.  Since there are different options available, talk with your plumber to determine the best and most energy efficient for your household.  Then enjoy the experience of no longer “waiting around” for hot water, and feel good that you are contributing to saving energy and our water supply.

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!

Bathroom Remodels by Go Green Plumbing

Finally, you are getting the new bathroom you have always wanted.  Now you have started the search for your faucets, and are staring wide-eyed at an over-whelming array of them.  Who knew there could be so many choices in bathroom faucets?  Well, here is some info that hopefully will make your selections much easier and a lot less stressful.moen-T6125-1

To start, you have to consider your remodel.  Are you keeping your current sink or replacing?  If you are keeping your existing sink you will need a faucet that has the same pre-drilled hole cutouts.  The different types of faucets are Single-hole, Center-set, Widespread mounts and Wall mounts.  If installing a new sink, then you can go with the style of faucet you like best since holes can be drilled at installation.

The next thing you have to consider is your finish.  Your choices will range from the industry standard of polished chrome, to brushed nickel, stainless steel, bronze, brass and decorative ceramics.  Choose a finish that you love and will be happy to live with.  Keep in mind that polished finishes, while beautiful, require more upkeep.  Brushed finishes help at hiding water spots and fingerprints; a plus if you have children.

There are now special features manufacturers have created to assist us and make us feel more pampered.  Have a need for extra clean hands?  Then you might be interested in a sanitizing faucet that injects a stream of ozone into the faucet water to kill germs.  Some come with the feature built in or a retrofit kit can be purchased and attached.  Prefer a hands-free faucet?  Then a motion-activated faucet that requires a battery or AC power, or one that generates its own power, might be just what you need.  If soft, silky water is your preference, then a faucet with laminar flow will be the one for you.

Shopping for your bathroom faucets can be fun and exciting.  Doing some online research for current styles, finishes and features will help you make a better, more informed choice.  And whether you purchase from a local hardware store, showroom, or online store, you will know you have made the perfect choice for you.

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!