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Help for Your Holiday Water Bill

With Thanksgiving less than a week away, the holiday countdown has begun. And like many families, you may be hosting several friends or family members over the next several weeks. While your preparation list likely includes gifts, food and cleaning, have you prepared to absorb the additional water expense that comes with extended house guests?

If your answer is “no”, you’re not alone. With all the activities happening at this time of year, homeowners rarely think about ways to save money on utility bills – until they receive them in the mail or their inbox in January. The fact is that extra guests mean an extra demand on your plumbing system and in your hot water needs, resulting in a greater impact on your wallet

To help you get through this holiday without a whopper of a water bill, here are just a few things you can do right now to save you money.

If you don’t have them already, you may want to consider installing low-flow plumbing fixtures. They can be a great asset in slowing down the water flow in your home. These nifty fixtures use a special high pressure technique that creates a flow that is equal to or greater than the flow on traditional flow faucets but using less water. You can find low-flow shower heads, toilets and faucets at your local hardware store.

Did you know you can buy a blanket for your water heater? To keep your water heater insulated and your water warm longer, stop by your local home improvement store and ask for an insulated blanket for your water heater. These are made especially for your water heater and can make sure all of your guests have a warm shower in addition to saving you money this holiday season.

With more guests comes more laundry. When doing laundry, especially guests’ towels and sheets, make sure you have a full load and that your water level matches the size of your load.

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Hard Water  – What’s the Big Deal?

Hard water, by definition, is water that has a high concentration of minerals like calcium and magnesium. And according to the US Geological Association, more than 89 percent of Americans have hard water in their homes. In contrast, the softest water can be found in parts of New England, the South Atlantic and Gulf regions, the Pacific Northwest and Hawaii.

While the taste of hard water is preferred by many Americans, the damage that hard water can do to a home and its systems has not been lost on many homeowners. Consequently, the popularity of in-home water softeners continues to rise. While these in-home systems may seem extreme to some, there are reasonable arguments for installing a softener in your home. Due to significant mineral build up, there are real challenges that long-term hard water use can have in and on your home:

Washing your clothes in hard water can harm the fibers while making the clothes feel scratchy and looky dingy.

Mineral build up in your shower head can eventually cause clogs and reduce water pressure.

Soap scum on tubs, showers and other surfaces can sometimes cause permanent damage if not treated.

Build up in your coffeemaker and washing machines can make these appliances much less efficient and ultimately affect their valves and seals which can trigger leaks.

Damage to plumbing fixtures. Not only is the buildup unsightly around drains and faucets, the minerals can damage the internal mechanisms, causing potential leaks down the road.

Years of hard water use will cause build up, especially in steel pipes, resulting in increased water pressure and potential damage.

So what should you be doing if your home uses hard water? First, know that there are ways to minimize the harm of hard water on your appliances, clothes, etc. And second, develop a routine of preventative maintenance to reduce the damage to your home. In the next post on “Hard Water,” several of these options will be discussed for you to explore.

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!

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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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!

Water Overload in the Yard by Go Green Plumbing

Ever notice that when it rains you suddenly have ponds or rivers around your house, yard or landscape? These areas might be fun for the kids or your pets to play in, but they can mean trouble for your home, grass and landscaped areas.

So, why does all that water hang around? As with so many things in life, gravity controls a lot. Low areas or dips around our home or yards, will cause water to naturally run to these sections. When the soil isn’t able to handle extra water it can’t absorb, the result is standing water. If water pools near our home’s foundations, it can leak into our basement or crawl space causing mold and mildew to grow, drawing pests, and damage basement interiors. Standing water in our yards and landscapes can also rot grass roots, and damage or kill plants.download

The solution is to move this water away from these lower sections around our home or landscape. To do that you would need to install a French drain, also called a curtain, perimeter or agricultural drain. A French drain is a trench that is dug at a slight slope then filled with gravel and a perforated pipe. This drain allows excess water, that the soil can’t absorb, to run into the trench and be diverted slowly to another area of your property.

The cost of a French drain can vary depending on the length of the drain and the amount of materials needed. If the French drain is needed to draw water away from your basement, you might also have to invest in a sump pump. If you are a do-it-yourselfer, you may be able to save some on labor costs. However, keep in mind that this project does require a bit of digging, and if you need to cover a larger area, possibly the rental of a backhoe.

As with all projects, discussing it with a professional who can advise you on the best, and most cost effect way to complete the project, is always a good idea.

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!