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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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10 Ways to Save Water Outdoors – Part One

 

Summer is often the time of the year when many homeowners work to find ways to conserve water usage. Ideas to save water indoors are relatively easy to come up with and apply, but outdoors takes a little more creativity. Below are the first five of ten ideas in a two-part series to help you save water outdoors this summer.

Be careful not to overwater your lawn. For a healthy lawn, experts recommend watering every 5-7 days. If your lawn gets a good soaking rain, you may be able to go up to two weeks without watering your lawn.

Strategically plan your watering times. For best absorption and the least waste, water your lawn in the morning. The cooler air in the mornings can reduce evaporation, which means you won’t need to water your lawn as long.

Carefully place your sprinklers. Though it may seem picky, placing your sprinklers “just so” is critically important to reducing your water usage. The fact is that any water that lands on your driveway, sidewalk or adjacent road is wasted and not working for your lawn.

Raise your lawnmower blade. A beautifully manicured lawn doesn’t have to be cut super short. In fact, a little bit taller grass not only looks lush, but it also helps your grass grow deeper roots and hold soil moisture better.

Don’t over fertilize your lawn. Everyone loves deep green grass, but a little bit of quality fertilizer can go a long way. If you limit the amount of fertilizer you use, you can save money on fertilizer as well as water because the more fertilizer you apply, the more water it requires.

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Removing Lime Build Up From Bathroom Faucets

 

Lime buildup can make the prettiest sinks and faucets dull, spotty, and unattractive.  Why? Because water has minerals like calcium and magnesium that can be the culprits for hard water deposits or lime buildup.  As water dries on a surface, these minerals remain, causing spots and buildup on and around faucets and sinks.  Although there are commercial cleaners available, there are also some natural  choices that may take care of your problems.

One option to try is a lemon.  Start with a clean, dry surface.  Then, using a fresh lemon that’s been cut in half, or a rag soaked in lemon juice, wipe the corroded area.  Promptly rinse and dry the surface and your sink or faucet should be clean and shiny.  You may use lemon on chrome, brass or copper fixtures without any issues.

If you have more stubborn lime buildup, then white vinegar may help.  Use a rag to apply the vinegar, or pour a little over the area.  Allow the liquid to sit for a few minutes, then wipe the surface clean.  Or, if you’re in a hurry, just soak a small towel in vinegar and lay it around the faucet base.  You may leave the towel in place for a couple of hours and when you return, remove it to rinse and wipe away any deposits remaining.

If your faucet aerator is coated with buildup, remove it and use an old toothbrush to scrub any loose deposits before rinsing.  Next, place it in a small bowl or cup and cover it with heated vinegar (heat just before boiling point).  Let it soak for up to an hour, and then rinse and return it to the faucet.

For your shower head, pour vinegar into a plastic bag, place the plastic bag over the shower head and tie a rubber band around the bag to hold it securely in place. You may then leave it for two to three hours to do its work.  When you return, remove the plastic bag and scrub away any remaining deposits with an old soft toothbrush.

Hopefully, these steps will remove any lime buildup issues you have.  If not, then the commercial cleaners can help, but remember these have pretty harsh chemicals.  Always use rubber gloves and protective eyewear to prevent harm to skin and eyes.

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Energy Efficient Water Heaters – Gas Versus Electric

 

Ask most people and they will agree that we live in a very energy-aware society. People are concerned with finding more ways to conserve now that ever. But, when thinking about energy efficiency, most people may not consider their water heaters as significant means for saving energy – and money. However, water heater usage makes up about 18 percent of your home’s utility bill. With that being said, it’s worth considering ways to be more energy-efficient in this area.

Your decision to be more energy aware can start with the type of water heater you purchase: electric or gas. Many people have electric water heaters in their homes and may not have considered a gas water heater. To that end, below is some information to help you determine which type of water heater is the best for your family and home.

Electric Water Heaters

  1. Less expensive to purchase.
  2. Easier to install.
  3. Monthly utility costs are higher.
  4. Average lifespan is 12 years.
  5. Longer recovery time to reheat.
  6. No hot water during power outages.
  7. No heat loss during operation.

Gas Water Heaters

  1. Purchase price is more.
  2. Install costs more due to gas line hookup and venting.
  3. Utility costs are lower per month.
  4. Average lifespan is 13 years.
  5. Hot water recovery time is less.
  6. Hot water available during power outages.
  7. Some heat loss due to ventilation.

Using these comparisons can assist you in choosing a more energy-efficient hot water heater.  Doing so can help you save money and contribute to saving energy as well.

Protect Your Washer with a Little Care

 

Laundry day may not be your favorite day, but if your washer breaks down, it won’t take long for you to discover how important it is to your household. That’s why routine maintenance is not only  important for extending the life of your washer but also for avoiding down time and expensive washer repairs.

Maintenance actually begins with installation. When installing your washer remember to properly level your machine. Laundry room floors are rarely completely level, so washers are made with adjustable feet with this in mind. Use the level to adjust the feet on the washer to ensure it is perfectly level. Even being a little off level can cause the drum to spin off balance putting stress on parts causing them to break.

If you have a front load washer, make certain you are using the high-efficiency detergent. Using the wrong kind can result in serious damage to your machine. Be sure to remove wet laundry shortly after washing because leaving wet laundry too long can produce a musty smell, and even progress to mildew and mold. After your final load, dry off the door, inside the washer, and particularly around the door gaskets. Mildew can start to grow very quickly around the gaskets.  Leave the door open a few hours to allow air to circulate and dry any remaining moisture.

Every couple of months check all hoses and connections for any that are loose, cracking or showing signs of wear. Tighten any loose hoses and connections, replacing ones with cracks or worn out. Giving your washer a thorough cleaning periodically is also a good idea.  There are special cleaning products designed to remove residue build up that can cause odors.

For detailed information specific to your washer, check your manual for filter locations and cleaning procedures. Following the recommended schedule will help your washer work more efficiently. In addition, sticking to a maintenance schedule can prevent undo stress and problems with your washer. So, take a little time to show your washer a little TLC and it will serve you faithfully for years.

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!

Mold: Winter’s Unexpected Challenge

 

imagesSome may think that because the weather is now colder and the heat in our homes is running, mold is not an issue. On the contrary, mold can be more prevalent this time of year. Although heating our homes may cause the air to be drier in most areas, some places may have higher levels of humidity because of reduced ventilation. Small bathrooms — steamy from showers — and kitchens — full of steam from cooking and running dishwashers — are two especially vulnerable areas.

Recognizing that wintertime can be a heightened season for mold growth is the first line of defense.  The second is being observant and watching for mold growth. Here are a few things to track:

Manage Moisture

Keep an eye out for condensation or peeling paint on window sills as this can be an indication of a moisture problem. Check under sinks, around shower stalls, and bathtub area for leaks or standing water. Dry wet areas immediately, and repair plumbing, window or roof leaks as soon as possible.

Maximize Air Flow 

If possible, improve the ventilation in your home. Cold weather isn’t compatible with opening doors and windows to the outside, but opening doors between rooms — even closet doors  — can improve ventilation. Moving furniture slightly away from walls will also help.

Monitor Humidity Levels

Keep check on your homes humidity level by using a moisture meter that can be purchased at your local hardware store. It is recommended that your home’s humidity level stays between 30 and 60 percent.

Eliminate Mold 

If you discover mold in your home and plan to remove it yourself, wear a good quality allergy mask, goggles and gloves. If you are sensitive to mold, have someone else clean up the affected area. Use a mold remover and disinfectant rather than bleach to ensure the mold is killed. You may also want to consider using a mold sealant that when sprayed on surfaces can prevent the growth of mold up to two to four years.

Even if no one in your home has a mold allergy, you can still suffer the effects of being exposed to mold. They can be as minor as eye irritation, coughing, and headaches or as serious as nausea, vomiting, and respiratory problems. So, its important to be aware of areas where mold can grow so your family can have a safer and healthier wintertime environment.

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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!