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Touchless Toilets Have Arrived

Thursday, May 11th, 2017

It’s a common scenario: You’re dining at a new restaurant and need to use the restroom. But when it comes time to flush, you can’t find the lever. You soon realize the restroom is equipped with a touchless toilet, and with a wave of your hand, the problem is solved. If you want one of these modern wonders for your own bathroom, you’re not alone. Touchless technology has found its way to residential applications, allowing you to upgrade your bathroom with a little stroke of genius. This post will shed light on how touchless toilets work and their many benefits.

About Touchless Toilets

Previous touchless toilets relied on a motion sensor/light beam to flush the toilet once the beam was broken. While the old technology worked, it often fell short in reliability. The new technology is a bit different. It uses electromagnetic fields to activate and flush the toilet with a simple wave of your hand over the toilet tank. The Kohler Company is the first manufacturer to introduce this new technology to the residential market. All Kohler touchless models require four AA batteries to power the electromagnetic module that’s necessary to detect hand movement and flush the toilet.

Benefits of Touchless Technology

The primary benefit of a touchless toilet is obvious; you don’t have to touch it to flush it. Toilets are breeding grounds for bacteria and germs, so anytime you can avoid touching them is a plus. Touchless technology reduces your exposure to germs by eliminating the need to touch the toilet to flush it, which is both convenient and beneficial to everyone.

Consult a Plumbing Professional

Schedule an appointment with your plumbing contractor and discuss your options for installing a touchless toilet. Because they are battery operated, no electrical upgrades are necessary. Installation requires simply replacing your old toilet with the new model. During the installation, it’s wise to ask your plumber to install a new shut-off valve and supply line as these devices deteriorate over time. This simple step may eliminate a service call down the road.

Less Expensive Alternatives

Kohler took the new technology one-step further by manufacturing a retrofit kit that adapts to most standard toilet models. The kit is ideal if you don’t want to replace your toilet. Perhaps you recently purchased a new toilet and can’t justify replacing it so soon, or there’s just no room in your current budget. In either case, you can still enjoy the wonders of touchless technology at a reduced cost.

For answers to your plumbing questions or to find out more about touchless toilets, contact The Pink Plumber today.

The Pink Plumber Offers More Than Just Plumbing Services—They Give Back For A Good Cause

Friday, July 22nd, 2016

Sure, The Pink Plumber is widely known to provide some of the best plumbing, service and repairs in the industry. But, what you may not have noticed right away is that they are strong advocates for breast cancer research. A portion of all of their profits goes toward fighting against the disease. A recent customer, Donna K, had a lot of positive things to say about The Pink Plumber and her experience with our company. Here’s her story.

What was the main reason for contacting us? “I needed some repairs done on my two upstairs toilets. They were both flushing slowly, and one of the toilets kept running around the clock. My husband is a good handyman and he tried to fix them, but unfortunately they kept giving us issues. That was when I knew it was time to call in the pros! I chose The Pink Plumber because my neighbors have raved about them and their exceptional service.”

Here at The Pink Plumber, we strive ourselves as providing some of the best customer service in the industry. What was your first opinion of us when you spoke with us? “When I first called, your receptionist was extremely friendly and was very concerned about what our plumbing problems were all about. She asked several questions and gathered a lot of information about our plumbing issue. She quickly put together an appointment time for us for later that day. I was shocked that we could get help so quickly, but The Pink Plumber definitely pulled through.”

“The first thing I noticed when the tech, Jack R. arrived, was that he pulled up in a pink truck.” says Donna. “Of course, my first reaction was that as a woman, I was attracted to this company because of the beautiful pink colors. I quickly found out from Jack that they are pro-breast cancer research and donate part of their earnings to breast cancer research and awareness. This really hit home for me, because a close family member of mine is battling the disease.”

What do you want others to know about us, Donna? “I really want to express to others who are looking for a plumbing expert to call you guys first. You are affordable and you were able to tackle my underlying plumbing issue the same day. Now, our toilets and our entire septic drain is running and flowing better than ever.”

If you’re faced with any plumbing issue, big or small, call The Pink Plumber today and schedule a consultation right away!

The Best Ways to Save Water at Home

Wednesday, March 9th, 2016

Water is one of the earth’s most important natural resources. Conserve fresh water supplies by eliminating wasteful habits to preserve our environment. Using less water reduces energy use, which will help to reduce harmful carbon emissions in earth’s atmosphere. You can do your part by saving water at home. Here’s how to reduce your water use and keep your home’s plumbing system in top (water-saving) condition.

Plumbing Water Saving Tips

Begin your personal water conservation campaign by addressing your home’s plumbing system. Make it as efficient as possible. Most home plumbing systems can be upgraded with minimal expense. The upgrades listed below can save you money in the long run as they’ll help you reduce water usage (and will likely lower your energy bills).

  • Replace old, water-guzzling toilets with newer, more efficient models. Some dated models use six to eight gallons of clean water per flush. Newer models require less than a gallon per flush.
  • Repair faulty toilets that run constantly or have a penchant for hanging up every now and then. A running toilet will wash enormous amounts of fresh water down the drain… along with your hard-earned money.
  • Replace showerheads with low-flow units designed to conserve water. Some models are equipped with a convenient, built-in shutoff valve that allows you to interrupt the flow of water without changing the temperature. This comes in handy when shaving or scrubbing your back.
  • Repair leaking faucets and hose bibs. You might be surprised to learn how much water is wasted as a result of leaking faucets.

Personal Water Saving Tips

Now that your plumbing is up to speed, you can practice these personal tips to save water at home.

  1. Turn off the water when brushing your teeth or shaving. A common faucet puts out up to two gallons of water a minute. Since the recommended time you should brush your teeth is two minutes, running the faucet while brushing your teeth will waste four gallons of clean, fresh water.
  2. Take showers instead of baths. Filling a bathtub can require up to 70 gallons of water. In addition, reduce your shower times to five minutes or less.
  3. Wash full loads of laundry when doing the wash and avoid the permanent press cycle, which requires an additional five gallons of water for the extra rinse.
  4. Avoid the garbage disposal. Aside from requiring a lot of water to dispose of food scraps, garbage disposals can be detrimental to septic tank systems. Put food scraps in the trash or start a compost bin and make your own fertilizer.

The aforementioned information will help you save water at home. You can take it a step further by discovering additional water saving tips and practicing common sense when you turn on the tap.

For answers to your questions, contact The Pink Plumber today.

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