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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!

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.

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!

What’s in Your Water?

 

Water covers about 70 percent of the earth, and humans are made up of up to 60 percent of water. In fact, doctors recommend that you drink at least 64 ounces of water per day to maintain a healthy body. That’s why knowing what’s in your water is so important. One way consumers are ensuring their drinking water is healthy — and tastes good — is by installing home water filtration systems.

If you’re considering this route too, make sure to plan for testing your water first so that you will know what system is best for you. If you access your water through a municipal source, you can request a water quality report from your water utility company. If your home uses a well, you will need to do an independent water test. Even if you use municipal water, you may still want an independent test — especially if someone in you home is pregnant or nursing — or if you have any unexplained illnesses in the family.

Your county health department can sometimes help test for some contaminates. If not, you can have your water tested by a state certified laboratory. Find one in your area by calling the Safe Drinking Water Hotline at 800-426-4791 or go to their website at www.epa.gov/safewater/labs.  You can also check out the Water Systems Council website (watersystemscouncil.org) to locate one in your area.

The laboratory will provide you with instructions on collecting your sample(s).  Follow these guidelines to ensure the most accurate results. There are different collection instructions based on the contaminates you are looking for in the water. Some laboratories may provide a technician to collect the sample, or even do an on-site test, so ask if this service is available.

Knowing what’s in your drinking water, and how those items effect you, will help you find the best water filtration system for your home.  Check out our next blog where we will discuss the different water filtration systems available.

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!

Dealing With a Clogged Drain

 

Clogged drains are a nuisance any time of the year, but especially when family and friends are visiting. Even the most conscientious homeowner will most likely deal with clogged drains at some point, so below you’ll find some steps to remedy the situation:

A Plunger – Sometimes the best fix is the easiest. The plunger has been around for a long time and should still be your first step in dealing with a clogged drain. Fill the clogged sink about a quarter of the way with water. If you have a double vanity sink, block the opposite sink drain with a towel or rag. Next, place the plunger over the clogged drain, move it up and down quickly until the water starts to drain. Doing this should remove any small blockage.

Baking Soda and Vinegar – If the sink remains clogged after plunging, move on to the next tried and true method, baking soda and vinegar. You may remember these items being used in creating a volcano science project. The same premise works here, just in the opposite direction.

To do this, you will need to remove as much water as possible from the clogged sink. Then pour a cup of baking soda into the drain and use a handle from a spoon to pack it down into the drain pipe. Next, pour a cup of vinegar into the drain, replacing the stopper immediately. This will force the mixture down into the pipe. Allow the mixture to work for five minutes. If the drain is still not cleared, pour four cups of hot water into the sink.  At this point, if the drain is still clogged, then a more advanced step is required.

A Cable Auger – This next solution is more difficult and is best handled by a professional plumber. A cable auger (sometimes called a snake) can be used to remove the obstruction. Place a bucket under the sink to catch water, then detach the trap or J-joint underneath the sink that connects the pipe to the sink. Next, remove the pipe going into the wall. The cable auger can now be used to slowly slide down the pipe by spinning the crank clockwise. Once you reach the clog, turn the auger counter-clockwise to grab the cable, and hopefully, the obstruction. If all goes well, this will take care of your problem.

A Professional Plumber – At this point, if the drain cannot be unplugged, then it’s definitely time to call in the professionals.  Calling a plumber is important to avoid causing any damage to your pipes.

Remember that the drainage system in your home is a complex, engineered system.  Trying to clear a clogged drain from a small obstruction is something most homeowners can do.  However, it’s always best to leave it to the experts for the more complicated issues.  They know how to remove the problem while keeping your plumbing system in good working order.

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!

Easy Water Conservation For All by Go Green Plumbing

Water…so necessary to life, but something a lot of us take for granted.  When we need it, we turn a knob, push a button, or grab a bottle.  But what if you turn that knob, or push that button, and no water appears?  According to the US Government Accountability Office, 40 out of 50 states have at least one region that’s expected to have some kind of water shortage over the next 10 years.P16672369

With this issue looming ahead of us, now is the time to start looking at our water as the precious resource it is.  There are several small things we can change in our daily routine that can save thousands of gallons of water a year.  Below are a few suggestions to get you started on your water conservation path.

Bathrooms are a good starting place. 

  1. If you don’t have aerators on your faucets and shower heads, install them.  Aerators reduce the amount of water that flows through.
  2. Turn the water off while shaving or brushing teeth instead of running continuously.
  3. If replacing a toilet, purchase a low-flow toilet that requires less water to flush.
  4. Keep a bucket or watering can near your shower to catch water while waiting for it to warm up.  Then use the water to flush toilets or water houseplants.
  5. Shorten showers or turn the water off while soaping up or shaving legs for bigger water conservation.
  6.  The shower bucket idea can also be used in the kitchen.  Use a container to catch the colder water while waiting for the hot.  Then use later for cleaning, watering plants, or other food preparation.
  7. If you hand-wash dishes, fill-up your sink with dish water rather than washing under a running faucet.
  8. If replacing your dishwasher or washing machine, look for ones with Energy Star ratings.  And remember not running dishwashers and washing machines until you have full loads can save gallons of water.

Look for even small ways to prevent waste.  Water left in drinking glasses or water bottles?  Use to water house plants.  Keep your eyes and ears open for drippy faucets or leaks, or running toilets, and fix problems quickly.  Take your vehicles to car washes that recycle water.  A big gardener?  Install a rain barrel as the source to water your garden and plants. Keep in mind that energy plants are powered by water, so conserving energy is another way to save on water.

Becoming conscious of the water we are using will help us to look for other ways to conserve on our water usage.  Let’s all pitch in to do what we can to take care of this precious resource we all rely on.

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!

 

Ways to Remove Mold by Go Green Plumbing

Mold buildup can be a nasty bathroom issue!  Since mold loves dark, moist areas, our bathrooms provide perfect homes for these unwelcome spores.  But, don’t despair.  Although, one of the most common problems in homes, if not allowed to get out of hand, it is also one of the more easily solved problems.curbless-showers

An “ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure” is a very true statement in the case of dealing with mold.  Taking steps to prevent and limit excessive mold growth can save you money, and prevent health issues related to an overgrowth of mold.  Here are some suggestions to get you started:

  • Make certain you have good ventilation in your bathrooms by installing an exhaust fan. This will help pull moisture out of the bathroom and keep things dry.  Mold cannot grow without moisture.  Run the fan not only during your shower or bath, but about 30 minutes afterward.
  • Keep check for leaks around toilets, sinks, and shower/tub areas. If you have plumbing from the bathroom in a basement or crawl space area, check these for leaks as well.  Have repairs made to any leaky areas or pipes.
  • Regularly wash rugs, wallpaper, shower liners and curtains. Purchase a mold-resistant shower liner as these are good places for mold to grow.  If installing new drywall or wallpaper these also can be purchased using mold-resistant materials.
  • Limit the items stored in the shower (i.e., shampoos, conditioners, shaving creams, etc.) as these provide perfect places for mold to grow.
  • Drying showers and tubs after use will also assist in the prevention of mold growth.

Prevention is a great way to control mold, but since mold spores are in the air around us, we will still at times have to deal with it.  So, how is the best way to clean mold from our bathroom areas?  We will discuss some helpful suggestions  in Part 2 of Ways To Remove and Help Prevent Mold In Bathrooms.

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