Upgrade Your Shower With What You Need

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If you are planning on remodeling your shower or just planning to add-on some new features then this is the guide for you. You can contribute a lot to an existing shower from functional upgrades to aesthetic upgrades, let’s explore what some of those are.

                If your aim is an aesthetic upgrade, you can look into tiling or re-tiling your shower. There is an immense variety of tile choices out there and beautiful designs to accompany that. If you are looking for the room to pop you can go with a vibrant color or subtle colors with a crazy pattern or if you are looking for a more refined look you could even use natural materials like wood or real stone. Depending on the price of the tile you can increase the value of your bathroom while adding appeal.

                Another option you can choose is the addition of a hanging shower rack or, taking it a step further, built-in storage or shelf. The addition of storage will help organize the mess of various bottles and in-turn upgrade the look of your shower.

                Adding a skylight can be a very appealing option for a shower. Along with providing a beautiful view, a skylight can help humidity escape and prevent the spread of mold or mildew.

                The addition of a second showerhead. If you have the space to do this a second shower head will provide the capability for two people to shower at one time with separate controls for their own preferences. You could put the heads either next to each other or across from each other and could also dress them with add-ons, like a showerhead with a handheld spray on one side and a rain shower head on the other.

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Is A Wall-Hung Toilet Right For You?

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Over the past few years wall hung or wall mounted toilets have become very popular however, they come with a price. They usually offer a bevy of new features that a standing toilet does not and are a space-saving and stylish investment. However, do all the benefits of a wall hung toilet justify the higher pricing? Let’s find out now!

                Let’s take a look at some of the most appealing features of this type of toilet. Like I mentioned before, they are quite small and are mounted into the wall so there are great opportunities for space saving. This serves as a great option to provide some open space for people working with a small bathroom. These toilets also offer advanced technologies and features that would not come with a normal toilet. Because of its technology they can feature anything from an internal cleaning wand to a nightlight and even an air purifier. Another benefit of the wall mount is that is that it provides for clean lines, meaning that all the connections for the toilet are hidden and it is much less obtrusive making it much easier to design around. One more quality added to the “pro” list is that it makes the bathroom a lot simpler to clean without having to work around a standing toilet. The final and most appealing perk of this design is that majority of the time they require less water to function.

                Some of the least engaging aspects of the wall hung toilet starts with its price. Although the technology is usually much more advanced, wall hung toilets usually start upwards of $400. Also, the pressure over time of sitting on it will cause problems and eventually you will need to hire a plumber to tighten or re-hang it, which also costs money. Finally, it will be difficult for repairs since all the water lines are in the wall, very few provide a repair panel.

Hopefully after reading this article you can make the decision whether or not you want to make the investment! If you think it’s right for you, we suggest visiting our site https://www.simplyplumbing.com/ and checking out the best brands that do it, TOTO USA, Kohler and American Standard. Comment with any questions or pointers below!

Would You Like Your Water Hard Or Soft?

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Have you ever heard that you are receiving either soft or hard water in your home? Well if you haven’t, it is a real thing and it is based on your geological location. Soft water is simply water which lacks a number of dissolved minerals, mostly magnesium and calcium and hard water is water with a high concentration of minerals. In the United States, soft water is present on each coast and it turns harder as you travel to the middle of the U.S. and south but test kits are available to specifically see what kind of water is running through your house. Let’s look at the pros and cons of water softening so when you get the results of that test you will know what you want to do.

                If you are in an area where you are receiving hard water and want to be receiving soft, you will buy a water softener. Let’s backtrack a little, why would you want to soften your water in the first place? Well, hard water can cause a lot of problems for you and your plumbing. For example; it can cause pipe clogs and reduce water flow, shorten the life of fabrics, when heated it produces a film that can build up on your tile and kitchen/bath appliances and dry out your skin, it will call for more soap use in the home, will degrade your plumbing fixtures over time and affects the taste of coffee or tea. So it seems like softening your water would be an obvious choice to get rid of all those issues right? Well your decision is about to get a little harder as we look at the cons of softening your water.

                If you do choose to install a water softener you’re obviously looking at the cost of installation and the cost to buy the actual softener. The price of a water softener, depending on size and type, can range anywhere from a couple hundred dollars to even a couple thousand dollars. Most water softeners are salt based so this means that you will have to shell out some money to keep up your salt supply annually and if you do go that route, which most do, there will be more salt present in your water so if you have a sodium issue this may not be the option for you. You will also have to keep up maintenance on the softener itself which will cost money.

Do the pros outweigh the cons for you? Let us know what you think about this topic with a comment below.

Light My Fire

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It’s the time of the year when everyone just wants to be warm and comfortable. For some of us that just means throwing on some layers, gloves and a coat but for others staying warm is a dedicated job. For those whose mission it is to stay warm, you may have a fireplace in a cozy room in your house. A fireplace sits quietly toasting up the room and is constantly growing older and becoming worn down, whereas the rest of the room is changing. Today we’re going to look at some fireplace renovations to keep your fireplace consistent with the room it is in.

                -The first and probably most obvious fireplace remodel would be to replace the mantel. Mantel’s can be incredibly elaborate or purely modest so make sure you know what you’re looking for. Don’t forget if you want the mantel to carry out a function such a shelf storage.

                -The most traditional and common make-up of a fireplace is brick, and in many cases it is painted to blend into its surroundings (we don’t know why this became so popular), so our simple suggestion is to strip the brick to its natural colors. What this really does is bring the focal point back to the fire place instead of blending it in with the wall. This could add the refreshing change you have been wanting.

                -In a completely different direction, you can try to cover the brick up with tile. Tile brings a vast amount of options ranging in all types of styles so this should definitely be a consideration. A fireplace is a statement piece so you could go crazy with the tile surround and create works of art or a textured masterpiece or just go simple with a smooth neutral color.

                -Finally you could get an even cleaner look with plaster. If you don’t want much attention around your fireplace or are looking to put the focus more in the mouth of the fireplace then this is the option for you. Plaster will allow you all the versatility of textured, striking or relaxing look, the ability to change it to almost any style and also the ability to use it to compliment other color shades in the room.

                We wish you good luck in your remodel! Let us know if you have any further questions on this topic with a comment below!

Guide to Buying the Right Showerhead

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Everyone has their preference when it comes to showering and now with so many different options it’s hard to know which one will be best for yourself. Some people shower just to clean themselves and hop out but others shower to clean and relax themselves. Showers have become a luxury product with an immense amount of customizable options that allow you, the consumer, to personalize your experience and get exactly what you want. Let’s look at all the options there are for you.

  1. The most basic, common and economical is the standard wall-mount showerhead. This is good if you are on a budget or if you just need a basic showerhead to pair with an existing bath. Some features of them are that they are easily interchangeable and will work with existing plumbing, they usually have a few spray settings and they can start at $2 for the most basic plastic showerhead.
  2. The next style is the hand-held showerhead. Accompanied with a 3-6 foot hose a hand-held showerhead allows you to direct the water in any direction. This style is paired well with people who are meticulous about washing their hair and is also good for families because it can be used to bath children or even a dog. Some features about this one are that it will work with existing plumbing, can be bought with plenty of extra features, can be paired with any other showerhead, and prices start around $40.
  3. The next style is the top-mount showerhead. This type of showerhead is most commonly associated with the names rain or waterfall showerheads. This is a higher end option providing a relaxing, drenching experience which would be good for the people who linger in the shower. Like the name says it is installed on the ceiling providing overhead spray and can either be extended from the ceiling or flush with it. Some features are that it does require extra connections and plumbing, so most people tend to get this if they are re-modeling their shower or bathroom. It is good if you have a low ceiling bathroom and usually starts at $100.
  4. The final type of showerhead is the body and mist shower sprays and spa shower panels. This option is probably the most high end and are usually set up in vertical rows on opposite or adjacent walls creating a crisscross of water flow. The sprays and panels are generally setup up from the knees to the shoulders to provide full body a soothing, almost spa-like hydrotherapy experience. This option is very good for people who are going to spend some time in the shower and look to be soothed by the almost full body massage quality of this option. We suggest this type for someone who is looking to renovate their bathroom as it does require extra plumbing, and one spray or panel usually starts around $80.

          If you are interested in any of these products, check them out by following the link below to our site where you are guaranteed low prices every day. https://www.simplyplumbing.com/catalogsearch/result/index/?cat=349&q=showerhead

Know Now So You Don’t Pay Later

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A clogged or damaged drain is like running out of gas in your car, if you are paying attention, it is very easily avoidable. Did you know that sewage is reused to feed our water supply or is returned to our creeks, rivers and oceans? Keep that in mind when you are putting things into the drain because what you put down could affect you later on. Please look at this list of liquids and solids that you should NOT put down your drain.

                In The Kitchen:

  1. Fats, oils or grease
  2. Toxic chemicals, like paint
  3. Coffee grinds
  4. Animal bones and skins
  5. Items that expand with water like rice, potatoes, gelatin
  6. Stringy and fibrous fruits

In The Bathroom:

  1. Cotton balls
  2. Paper towels
  3. Any medication or pills
  4. Wet wipes
  5. Drain cleaner, most times do more harm than good

All of these things could result in an expensive and dirty clean-up, a clogged or damaged drain, raw sewage overflowing in your home, water contamination, and environmental harm. So be sure that you are conscious of what you and your family puts down the drain so you can prevent things like a large, unwanted bill due to a plumbing issue or a future health issue.

 

If you have any questions or comments on this topic please let us know with a comment!

 

8 Ways to Keep The Money in Your Pocket, The Heat in Your Home and Your Energy Consumption Down

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This week we are going to look at 8 ways you can lower your energy consumption this coming winter. We can in-turn, assume that some of these will save some money which is great during this time of year because of the high costs of heating.

                – The first tip is to set your thermostat to 66-70 degrees, depending on your comfort, no higher. Then you should program your thermostat or manually set it to drop a couple of degrees when everyone is out of the house and when you are sleeping at night.

– Open the curtains to the windows that face south during the day so the sun can naturally heat your home.

-Turn your ceiling fans to low and reverse their motion, usually clockwise, creating an updraft that will push hot air down towards you.

-Install tight fitting insulation or weather strips on all windows and doors and make sure to lock your windows to ensure tightness and no chance of drafts coming in.

-Try not to block your radiators or heat vents with furniture or drapes so the heat can properly distribute throughout the room it is occupying. Also make sure there isn’t a buildup of dust in them, if it is too dirty to be cleaned, replace filters.

– Reducing air leaks could cut 10 percent from an average household’s monthly energy bill. The most common places where air escapes homes are: attics, floors, walls, ceilings, ducts, fireplaces, plumbing penetrations, doors, windows, fans, vents and electrical outlets (NSTAR).

-Close your fireplace damper when it is not in use. It’s virtually an open window.

-Many people don’t know this but you can set your water heater to a temperature and it is usually set at an excessive temperature. Set your water heater to the warm setting or 120 degrees Fahrenheit to lower your energy bill and also prevent scalding water mishaps.

Do you have any other suggestions? Let us know what’s on your mind with a comment!

What’s the Difference Between a Furnace and a Boiler?

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Do you know the difference between a furnace and a boiler? Whether you’re simply searching for knowledge or planning on building a new home, this is a valuable bit of information to know. Both have unique advantages and disadvantages that we are now going to explore.

                Firstly, what does each system do? Well, a furnace heats air which is then moved and distributed to different parts of a house with a blower motor. In contrast, a boiler heats water which flows through pipes throughout the house and as it flows through the house it radiates heat.  If you are trying to decide which one is best for you, you’ll have to look at the pros and cons of each.

                Generally, it is said that a boiler system is better than a furnace for a couple reasons and one big reason is that a boiler can heat different, specific zones in your house while a furnace only heats the entire house. Typically there will be a thermostat in each room that can receive heat with a boiler and a furnace will have one. Another advantage of the boiler is that it leaves a higher amount of humidity in the area its heating which is healthy to have. They are also much easier to maintain than a furnace, there’s no need to worry about cleaning vents, replacing filters or providing adequate airways. Some cons for a boiler would include the fact that you need to worry about freezing and breaking pipes during the winter. Also, if you ever develop a leak in your boiler you could be looking a lot more damage to the structure of your home and furnishings than you would with a leaked air duct. Now let’s take a look at some factors of the furnace.

                Some positives for the furnace is that they are usually cheaper to install than a boiler and many plumbers know more about installing and maintaining them so finding help will be easier. Also, duct-work made for the air to travel can serve two purposes and be used by an air conditioner. Some disadvantages to a furnace are that it runs a bit noisy while a boiler runs virtually silent. Also, the indoor air quality of a house with a furnace won’t be healthy as healthy as a boiler because a furnace will be pushing dust and allergens around.

                Now that you know some facts about both systems you can make your decision. You must also keep in mind when/if you install one of these that conservation and efficiency is very important so don’t cheap out on sealing duct-work or upgrading insulation. If you have any questions or comments on this topic let us know!

DIY Guide to Winterizing Your Sprinkler

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The winterizing process of a sprinkler system is task that is not so easy the first time. This guide will explore the two most common ways to get your sprinkler system ready for the cold months and guide you through the processes so it does not get damaged.

The first step is to turn off the water at your main valve, when that is done, you will have to turn the controller of as well. You can do this by completely disconnecting the controller from the power or by turning your system to “rain-mode” which will keep the sprinklers off, maintain your timing and other settings and use a very low amount of electricity to stay on. The next step is to remove the backflow preventer, drain all the water from it and store it inside. This you can do by uncoupling the union connections it is held in by and if it’s not held by union connections you will have to cut it out manually. Now is the most important step, removing water from the system’s pipes and sprinklers. Do the steps above before starting either of the processes below.

  1. Drain Valve Method – First off, you have to have properly installed drain valves in the right places. You will need a drain valve at every low point in your piping system and a drain valve at every high point that doesn’t have a sprinkler so that air can escape; otherwise, the water won’t drain. Now, it is important that you map out where these all are for convenience. Next you will either use manual or automatic drain valves. With manual many people put them near the control valves and if done right you will only need one drain valve for each lateral. You need about a quarter inch per foot of slope to efficiently drain the pipes. With automatic drain valves, they open by themselves every time the pressure drops in the pipe releasing water. However, they have been known to stick and also are known to cause problems throughout the normal year of use because they will drain at the end of every irrigation cycle which wastes money and can cause issues with the piping because if it drains every time it has to fill every time which is laborious on the pipes. Since water won’t drain all the way out of the valves, it will be necessary to remove them as well. Also be sure to check that you open the sprinkler heads and make sure there is no water in the body of them.
  2. The Blow-Out Method – This method is best done by a professional because it does require some specific equipment that not every homeowner has or knows how to use, large air compressors, and also requires some experience and know-how to get it right. However, if you are planning to try this method so you become a pro and can possibly save some money here is where you can learn. First you need the right equipment. At minimum, you should use a 50 cubic feet per minute compressor to properly do this job. You can either rent or buy this type of equipment however you should make sure that it has a pressure regulator valve with an accurate gauge. Remove the backflow preventer if you have not already then on the downstream side of the system you connect the compressor to backflow preventer riser. Then you will need to turn on your valves one by one starting with the last valve or the highest elevated. Now we turn on the air compressor. You will need to gradually increase the pressure without it ever exceeding 50 PSI and if the air turns hot here, you will need to connect the compressor with the valve using a hose. Now allow the water to blow out, the first valve should take the longest and when you are done with the first be sure to turn off the compressor. Follow this step for the rest of the valves until you are finished, and if you want optimal results, repeat this process. If your system has a main line section up flow from the backflow preventer, hook up the compressor to the blow out fitting near the sprinkler system shut off valve; blow out the water through the backflow preventer riser. When you are finished, make sure you are disconnected from the power or in “rain mode” and make sure to put caps on all open ends like the backflow preventer riser.

Hopefully this guide will help you get your sprinkler system ready for the winter. If you have any further questions or inputs please comment below, we are always happy to hear from you.

Visions of a Better Thermostat

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A thermostat is something we often set and then forget. It plays a big part in both our comfort level and our energy bills yet we don’t give it much consideration. In today’s market, companies have developed the functionality of thermostats to offer more practical and useful attributes assisting in ultimate comfort. A thermostat like Honeywell’s VisionPRO IAQ 7-Day Programmable Comfort System is a significant upgrade and will provide a new level of ease for maintaining your well-being and contentment.

                This thermostat has a lot of features but one of its most important attributes is that it is an all-in-one control for both temperature and indoor air quality which includes humidification, dehumidification, ventilation and air filtration monitoring. Although all these are different appliances, you will be able to control all of them from this one, easy to navigate touchscreen panel. Another important feature is its ability to be programmed specifically for each day of the week. You can set which temperatures you want at specific times in the day and it will save the information and even has a low-functioning feature if you go on vacation. This system also automatically raises the humidity, usually in the cold months, in all rooms when it detects a low level to keep symptoms of dryness away and will conversely lower humidity, mostly in the hot months, to prevent any dampness. Another important feature that this system has is its ability to remove air pollutants by exchanging stale air with new filtered air, which is better than having a window open. It will also let you know when you need to replace something like a filter and works with your existing telephone line to offer control of your home’s temperature and Indoor air quality over the phone. Overall, this is a great product for anyone’s home as it provides strong, easy communication with the system and promotes both comfort and health.

                If you are interested in buying this product please follow the link below to our Simply Plumbing website where you will find everyday low prices. If you have any questions or concerns on this topic use the comments section below to let us know!

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