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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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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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10 Ways to Conserve Water Indoors This Summer – Part Two

 

While many homeowners make a point to install water-conserving features in showers, faucets, toilets and even dishwashers and clothes washers, there are everyday processes that can either use or conserve significant amounts of water. This post, which is a continuation from the last, offers 5 more ways to reduce your water usage indoors with suggestions for new processes.

6. Thaw meat in the refrigerator. If your dinner plans require you to thaw meat, make sure you’ve taken the meat out of the freezer the previous night. This way, you can avoid wasting water by running cold water continuously to thaw your meat.

7. Begin composting. While garbage disposals are convenient, they tend to be water-hogs. The fact is, to keep them running efficiently and properly, a great deal of water is required during their use. Instead, start a compost for your food remains – not only will you save water, but you’ll be creating your own fertilizer too!

8. Limit your water usage when washing dishes by hand. When you are washing dishes, it’s tempting to let the water continuously run to rinse each dish. However, this is a big water waster. If you have a double sink, fill one tub with soap and water and the other with clean rinse water. If you have only one tub, wash the dishes and set them aside on a dish drying rack. When you’re done washing, place the dish drying rack in the sink and use a faucet spray to rinse them all simultaneously.

9. Pay attention to your toilets. Is your toilet leaking? Is it running constantly? Or do your children tend to use the toilet as a wastebasket? By staying on top of needed repairs and maintenance ¾ as well as monitoring what goes into your toilet, you can save a significant amount of water. Call your plumber immediately if you suspect that your toilet needs repairs or a thorough checkup.

10. Wash Rover outdoors. While the weather is warm, wash your pet outdoors in the sun and on the lawn, giving you a clean dog and a green lawn!

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Maintaining Your Water Heater 

 

Did you know that most water heaters last for more than ten years? The key to making it last even longer? Keeping yours maintained properly. So, two questions: first, how do you make sure yours is in good condition and second, how to know when you need a new one?

Dial it back. To keep your hot water heather working smoothly and efficiently, dial the temperature down. Besides saving you money each month, keeping your water temperature lower is an important safety precaution if you have small children.

You will find the temperature setting dial on a knob on the gas valve or thermostat behind an electric water heater panel. Once you have located it, turn it to between 115 to 120 degrees. With that simple adjustment, you’re not only reducing your energy output, but also protecting your tank from overheating.

Test the Temperature and Pressure (T&P). Simply lift the lever part way and let it go so it will snap back. When you do this, you should hear the water being released into the drain tube. If you do not hear this water release, your water heater probably should be replaced.

Perform a mini flush. It’s a good idea to perform a mini flush annually—just add it to your spring or summer cleaning list. Why? Any sediment that has gathered at the bottom of the tank can lead to rust and/or inefficiency. Simply place a bucket under the drain valve (located near the bottom of the water heater tank) and turn the valve counter clockwise. When you do this, the water heat will release a few gallons of water into the bucket. If you prefer, you can do a full flush, but know that it requires more time and work as well as shutting down your water heater.

Assess your costs. Ultimately, if your water heater does not heat efficiently and/or you find yourself constantly calling a professional for repairs, look for a new one. While a new water heater is typically about a thousand dollars or less, if your current water heater isn’t working properly, it’s probably costing you more than you realize.

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Common Summer Plumbing Issues To Avoid

Now that summer has arrived, the last thing you want to deal with is plumbing issues. Unfortunately, there are some issues that arise more often during the summer months than others. Below you’ll find a list of those most common summer plumbing issues and how you can avoid them – and move on to more important issues – like vacation.

Clogged Disposal. With fresh produce at the ready during the spring and summer, homeowners can put extra stress on their disposals and not even know it. To avoid it clogging, limit – or avoid altogether – disposing of hard produce such as melon rinds or corn cobs in your garbage disposal. Also, be sure not to pour used cooking oil or grease into the disposal.  When you are using it for appropriate biodegradable items, run cold water briefly before and after you use it help flush the food through the disposal.

Sewer Line Backups. Summer is the time for late afternoon thunderstorms and rain. While we need rain to make our flowers and gardens grow, an abundance of rain can enter into sewer pipes through cracks and cause the sewer line to back up. Tree roots that spread underground can also cause cracked pipes. If you see any signs of sewer line trouble such as water from the toilet backing up into the bathtub drain, call a qualified plumber right away. He or she may recommend a sewer line replacement if the damage is extensive.

Washing Machine Maintenance. Your washing machine may get more of a workout during the summer as well. With children out of school and more time spent outside, including days at the pool or the beach, there’s more laundry to wash, consequently more stress on your washer. And note, it’s best to stay at home while the machine is running, so that if a problem arises you can stop the cycle immediately and call a professional if needed.

Clogged Toilets. Household toilets are also used more regularly in the summer, thanks to children using the bathroom during the day. Most clogs are fairly simple to clear with a plunger, but if you need additional help, call in a professional.

Sprinkler Issues. If you have sprinklers embedded in your lawn, be sure to inspect and clean the heads before the season begins. When you are mowing the lawn, be careful to do so when the sprinkler heads are lowered to avoid damaging them.

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Is Your Toilet Leaking?

Toilet leaks can be difficult to identify. Consequently, they can continue for a long time without being noticed. During that time, hundreds of gallons of water and money can be wasted and damage done. The good news? Most toilet leaks can be fixed without too much of a hassle. So what should you do if you suspect your toilet has a leak? Here are a few tips for you to try.

To detect a leaking toilet, remove the tank lid and place a few drops of food coloring in the back of the toilet tank. Wait 30 minutes and check to see if any food coloring has entered the toilet bowl water. If the water is clear, the toilet is not leaking. If you see food coloring in the bowl you have a leak. So, what now?

There are a few common toilet leak issues that are relatively easy to fix. First, a leaking toilet can be caused by a worn or cracked flapper, which is the rubber valve in the base of the tank that lifts up when the toilet is flushed. If the flapper is damaged, water can flow from the tank into the bowl without flushing.

Second, if your flush handle is not functioning properly, your toilet will run continuously, wasting gallons of water daily. Typically, this is because your flush level bar and chain or the flush handle are sticking. Simply adjust the nut that secures the level bar and chain in the toilet tank and/or replace the flushing handle.

And third, you may have an issue with your overflow tube. In a perfect world, your toilet water level should even with the fill line on the back of the toilet tank which is about half an inch below the overflow tube. If the toilet water is too high in the tank and is spilling into the overflow tube, you can adjust the water level by turning the adjustment screw or by gently bending the float arm downward so that the water shuts off at a level below the overflow tube.

If you find that your leak is not resolved after checking these issues, you should call a professional to assess the situation quickly and ensure that no further damage is done. It is critically important to resolve any water leak issues quickly and effectively so that they do not lead to much larger issues.

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Plumbing in a Tiny Home (Part 3)

 

As a final part of our blog series on “Plumbing in a Tiny Home,” we are now going to deal with the subject of Black Water.  Black Water is simply the sewer waste from your toilet.  Since most people have always had public sewer or private septics, this is new territory for most.  However, if tiny home living is your goal, then you will have to give some thought to your choice of toilet and the system installed.

Disposal of Black Water – A flushing toilet is something most of us take for granted; and if you plan to keep your tiny home stationary, your solution may be a regular toilet connected into a sewer or septic system.  But, if mobility or living off grid is your choice, then you may want to consider one of the choices below.

  1. Toilets made for RVs.  This requires a holding tank that the waste goes into and then is emptied at a disposal site or hooked into a sewer.  Some may not like this system due to the work and chemicals required to maintain them.
  2. Composting toilet.  Requiring no water or energy, they allow you to live off grid and look after the environment at the same time.  You can purchase composting toilets, or make your own.  Each time you use the toilet, you simply add fine wood shavings (pine works well) to the toilet.  This prevents odor and helps the waste to break down.  Adding coffee grinds will keep things smelling fresher, and composting worms can help break down waste faster.  You will need a compost area to dump your toilet waste, but once broken down, the compost can be used around your planting beds.
  3. Incinerating toilet. These use electric or gas (natural or propane) heat to burn waste that can then be dumped into your trash.  The electric toilet has a liner to catch waste and a pedal to release the liner into a sealed compartment where waste can be incinerated after each use.  The gas toilet has a holding tank and incinerates once full.  There may be some odor with the incinerating toilet, but the process sterilizes the compartment requiring no cleaning.
  4. Dry Toilets.  These toilets also require no water to operate, but electricity is needed to charge the motor.  Dry toilets are lightweight and moveable.  The toilet bowl is a bucket with a liner cartridge on top that the toilet seat rests on.  After each flush the motor turns the bucket so that the liner tightly wraps the waste, and a new liner releases from the cartridge.  When the liner cartridge is empty, simply remove and dispose in your trash, and install a new cartridge.

Adjusting to tiny home living may take a little time, and making sure you choose the best plumbing system will make the adjustment easier.

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When Your Pilot Light on the Gas Hot Water Heater Goes Out

 

It can be frustrating to find out that the pilot light on your gas hot water tank is out.  Discovering that it has gone out often occurs at the most inconvenient times, like standing in your shower waiting for the hot water or trying to fill your sink to wash dishes.  Determining the reason why there’s no hot water can be a bit of trial and error since there can be several reasons for this problem.

Before moving on to more technical issues, lets begin with the basics.  Has there been an interruption in your gas supply?  Has there been any work done to any of the gas lines in your home?  What about any utility work in your neighborhood where the main gas line was turned off?  Even a brief interruption to your homes’ gas supply can cause the pilot light to go out.  Try relighting to see if that solves the problem.

If the pilot light won’t stay lit when there is a problem with the thermocouple.  What’s that, you ask? The thermocouple is a safety device that uses an electrical current powered by the pilot’s heat to determine if there is an unlit pilot.  If so, it turns off the gas supply to the pilot light.  A dirty, curved or damaged thermocouple can prevent your pilot from staying lit.  After turning off the gas, use a piece of sandpaper to clean the thermocouple.  If curved or bent, straighten it back to its original position.  If the thermocouple is damaged it will need to be replaced.  An experienced DIYer can do this, otherwise call your local plumber to handle it for you.

A few other reasons could be a dirty pilot tube, flex tube or main control valve.  If you’re wondering which of these issues is causing the problem, your best contact is your local plumber.  Whichever of these problems might be the issue, getting it resolved quickly is vital for everyone.

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Getting Your Sprinkler System Up and Running for Spring

After winter, we all get excited at the first signs of spring.  We start making our lists for all the outside projects we want to begin working on and those we want to complete.  However, many might not remember to put their sprinkler or irrigation system on the to do list.  To ensure your system is running efficiently through the warm seasons here are a few things to prevent problems down the line.

  • Make certain the ground is completely thawed.  Use a shovel or spade to see if the ground is still frozen, at least a foot down.  If you encounter ground that is still frozen, wait a week or two and recheck before prepping your system to prevent damage.
  • Inspect your sprinkler control panel.  Remove any dirt or cobwebs from the controls, confirm the date and time is current, and that your water settings are correct for your landscape. Replace your backup battery if it older than 6 months.
  • Locate each sprinkler head and clean away any dirt or rocks that could block the water flow.  Inspect each spray head for damage.  You will need to replace any broken or worn heads, nozzles, valves or pipes.  Sprinkler heads that are damaged or not working properly can result in too much water in some areas and not enough in others.
  • Avoid a water pressure surge—which can cause a break in your water line—by opening the main water valve slowly so water fills the pipes gradually.  For systems without air pressure relief valves, remove the sprinkler heads at the highest point of each zone.  This allows the air to be pushed from the pipes when the water starts to flow.
  • Make sure your water pressure is at a safe range for sprinkler systems.  Too much water pressure can damage the pipes, valves and sprinkler heads.
  • Once all the water lines to your sprinkler system are full, run a test to determine all sprinkler heads are working and covering the needed areas.  Adjust or repair as necessary.

Now your system should be ready and set to keep your landscape looking beautiful and lush throughout the spring and summer season.

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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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