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Water Conservation Tips for the Summer Months

Tuesday, June 6th, 2017

Water conservation is especially important during the sweltering months of summer when demand increases dramatically. Pools are maintained, lawns are watered, laundry increases and car washes abound. These activities put a strain on fresh water supply, increasing the importance of water conservation. This post shares simple, easy to follow tips that can help you do your part to protect one of our most valuable natural resources.

Schedule Your Car Wash

Always use a hose nozzle when washing your car. Simply letting a free-flowing hose run during the duration of car washing will waste hundreds of gallons of fresh water. Schedule your car washing after it rains and never the day before. While this might seem difficult, a quick glance at the weather channel can alert you if it is going to rain the next day. In addition, wash your car on the grass so the excess water is put to good use.

Recycle Rainwater

Take advantage of free water whenever it rains. Redirect gutter downspouts to water lawns and gardens. Place rain barrels under downspouts to collect roof runoff. Use it to water potted plants, trees and shrubs or even to wash your car.

Think Before You Water

Do not over-water your lawn. Lawns only require approximately one-inch of water every 5 to 7 days. Set irrigation timers to activate during the morning hours when temperatures are the lowest to reduce evaporation loss. When the forecast calls for rain, turn off your automatic sprinkler system. Inspect irrigation systems regularly. Leaks and broken sprinkler heads can waste precious water resources. Ask you plumbing professional about connecting to a reclaimed water source for lawn irrigation. Reclaimed water costs less and helps you conserve fresh water.

Switch to Showers

Don’t use your shower as a spa. A 5-minute shower uses approximately 20 to 25 gallons of water. Lather up, rinse off and get out. Turn off the water when shaving and brushing your teeth, whether you are in the shower or at the bathroom sink. Take a shower instead of a bath. Filling an average sized bathtub requires approximately 70 gallons of water. If you and your family members switch to showering instead of bathing, you can conserve a good deal of water.

Inspect Plumbing Fixtures

Routinely inspect plumbing fixtures, including faucets, toilets and pipes for leaks. Address any concerns promptly with your plumbing contractor. A simple test can help you identify a toilet tank leak. Place a few drops of food coloring in the toilet tank. If the toilet bowl water changes color, you have a problem.

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

Plumbing Repair: When to Call in the Professionals

Monday, April 10th, 2017

Many homeowners have attempted a plumbing repair only to fail and actually make matters worse. When this happens, not only do they waste time and money but also subject there home to potential water damage resulting from their faulty repair adding even more cost to the project. Running toilets, leaky sink drains or garbage disposals on the fritz are common plumbing problems handy homeowners try to tackle. The following post will outline some easy repairs you can attempt without the risk of potentially ruining your home as well as the repairs you should never attempt.

The Consequences

While repairing your plumbing yourself can save you a few dollars in repair costs, a faulty plumbing repair can result in costly water damage to your home. For instance, the water resulting from a faulty sink drain, faucet or toilet repair can ruin your cabinetry, flooring, walls and baseboard. In addition, when things get wet, there is a high chance that mold and mildew growth are soon to follow. The consequences can be severe and add thousands of dollars to a project that should have been a fraction of the cost.

Think Before You Dive In

Common household plumbing problems include both easy and difficult fixes. Often a problem that seems simple turns into plumbing nightmare, setting off a chain of events as one problem leads to another. The next thing you know, you are ripping out cabinets and cutting into walls as you discover the shutoff valve you thought was leaking is actually a leaking supply line within the wall. You can avoid adding to the cost of a plumbing repair in your home by simply staying away from most of them. In fact, if there is even a small chance that your repair could fail and allow water to pour into your home, you should call a licensed plumbing contractor immediately.

What You Can Do

There are a few plumbing repairs a handy homeowner can safely do without the risk of damaging their homes. Replacing faucet aerators, shower knobs or faucet handles is not that complicated; however, there are repairs a novice should never undertake.

  • Any repair involving electricity and water is a dangerous mix. Garbage disposal or water heater replacement both qualify as household plumbing repairs best left to the professional.
  • Any repair that could result in home flooding should the repair fail.
  • Repairs that could result in additional damage to household plumbing systems such as drain cleaning and/or snaking.

Why Hire a Professional Plumber

Professional plumbing contractors are required to undergo continuous training and education to maintain their license. They carry the experience and knowledge to make plumbing repairs correctly without the added risk of additional home damage. However, should their repair fail, they also are required to carry liability insurance that protects your home should that unfortunate circumstance occur.

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

Faucet Plumbing: One Handle vs. Two Handles

Friday, August 1st, 2014

Understanding the basics of faucet plumbing and the differences between one-handle and two-handle faucets can help you determine which type to choose for your remodeling project. Kitchen and bathroom remodeling is a daunting task, especially when it comes to choosing the details, like deciding on your faucet fixtures. With the vast array of choices available, you could spend countless hours choosing among all the different varieties. By familiarizing yourself with basics of faucet design and functionality, you can make your decision easier and choose a faucet style best suited for your needs.

Faucet Configuration

When selecting a new faucet, you must first choose the type of handle configuration that works best for you. Some people prefer the simplicity of a single-handle faucet, while others find it too sensitive or are more comfortable with a traditional two-handle faucet. Another consideration is the appearance of the faucet. Single-handle faucets provide a sleek, modern look, while two-handle faucets are more traditional in appearance.

Faucet Operation

Single-handle faucets operate by combining the hot and cold water through one lever. The handle position governs the amount of hot or cold water dispersed through the faucet spout. Traditional, two-handle faucets provide a lever for both the hot and the cold water supply. The desired water temperature is achieved by adjusting each handle to increase or decrease the amount of hot or cold water flowing through the spout.

Plumbing Requirements

Aside from the number of holes in the sink or countertop, different faucet plumbing between the two types of faucets is not required. The faucets are designed to connect to existing faucet plumbing configurations to provide the easiest installation possible. This makes the faucets extremely attractive for do-it-yourself homeowners as well as plumbing contractors. Most include optional base plates that allow the faucets to mount to single- or multiple-hole countertop or sink applications.

Additional Considerations

Traditionally, the faucet’s mounting holes passed through the sink. Although this method is still in practice today, mounting the faucet directly to the countertop has become more popular. This is due to the advent of under-mount sinks. Granite and other types of solid-surface applications fabricated with under-mount sinks require the faucets to mount through predrilled holes in the countertop.

Before purchasing your new faucet, it would be wise to consult with your plumbing or building contractor to determine the correct faucet type and configuration for your project.

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

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Potential Problems with a Faucet Handle

Saturday, July 26th, 2014

Most people probably never give a second thought to how they turn a faucet handle on or off. It’s a programmed movement that is made without thinking about the best way to do it. The brain makes the super fast decision between turning on the hot or the cold faucet handle, and that’s the extent of it.

These fixtures, so easily taken for granted, are an important part of the bathroom sink, shower, bathtub, kitchen sink, and outdoor water spigots. Their inner workings may seem simplistic, unless you are an experienced plumber who has replaced countless faucets and understands just how much wear and tear a faucet handle receives during its lifetime.

Avoiding Faucet Damage

Can you actually damage your water faucet handles by turning them on or off with too much force? The answer is yes, you can cause damage, and here’s why.

Depending on the type of faucet you have—compression, cartridge (sleeve), ceramic disk, or ball type—rubber washers, seat washers, or cartridges may need to be replaced. The snug fit of the particular seal works as a barrier to prevent water from leaking from the faucet. The seal has the job of eliminating the drip, drip, drip of wasted water going down the drain. Wasting water makes your home less environmentally friendly, plus it puts an extra drain on your water bill.

Due to natural wear and tear, seals will deteriorate over time without using excessive force to manipulate the handle. In this case, new faucets or new seals need to be installed. When you put excessive force on the handles—for example, if you jam the handle back as far as it will go when you turn off the faucet, or push it to make sure it’s off—you put undue stress on the handles. If the seals are working properly, treating the handle in that manner isn’t necessary. In fact, if you aggressively turn the handle on with full force, this, too, can damage the seals.

Water pressure can also be a damaging element. If the pressure is beyond the norm, the stress on the seals to prevent leaks is increased. Eventually, the seals will not be able to hold the water, and the faucet will begin to leak.

Our experienced staff will be more than happy to check out the faucets in your home and replace any that are showing a sign of wear and tear before a broken faucet becomes a major issue.

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

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