TEANECK PLUMBING GUIDE: ALL YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT SHOWERHEADS
April 30, 2012
Everyone, at one point or another, wants to upgrade their Teaneck plumbing, and your bathroom showerhead is a great place to start. Showerheads in all their glory are actually a quite wonderful invention: giving us a hot, relaxing time of quiet, a sort of respite from the worries which bombard us outside their steamy spray. Consider this your guide for all you need to know about showerheads, and possibly some information you never even thought of!
Prior to 1994, showerheads had a flow rate of 5 ½ gallons per minute, but since then with the involvement of the EPA the flow average rate per showerhead has decreased to an average of 2 ½ gallons per minute, thus conserving half the water which used to be wasted in this one area of the home. Don’t be misled by price: the highest price-tag is not always the best; some of the top-rated showerheads are quite reasonably priced.
There are a number of showerhead types which offer a variety of functionality, some with incredible water-efficiency.
- Multi-Setting Models: Provide adjustable flow patterns up to as many as twelve settings such as massage, mist, wide stream, narrow stream, pulsing, and even a water-saving trickle while applying soap or shampoo.
- Single-Setting Models: Provide one setting and tend to cost considerably less than their multi-setting counterparts.
- Multi-Head Models: Provide a spa-like experience in your own home with a fixed or handheld showerhead as well as several body jets mounted on a vertical tower. However, with such comfort comes a higher price tag. These are the most expensive to purchase, install and run, oftentimes using as much as 10 gallons per minute of water.
- Custom Models: Modern showers are created with unique showerhead designs, from luxury panel showers, to artistic expression through showerheads with special lighting, to pocket showers which can be taken on the go and are in essence a waterproof reservoir which holds enough water to have an outdoor shower while camping.
- Aerating Showerheads: Mix air with water, producing a misty spray which makes the water-flow feel more substantial, and they don’t create as much steam and moisture.
- Handheld Showerheads: Leave it in the holder or remove it to focus the spray on a particular body-part, allowing for quicker cleaning and rinsing.
- Rain Showerheads: Large heads and wide spray patterns provide a soft, soothing flow of water.
- Low-Flow Showerheads: Features can include a pause button to start and stop water during the shower, a shower timer to manage the time spent in the shower, a temperature gauge which keeps water-flow to a trickle until the desired water temperature is reached, and water volume controls to let you manually adjust the gallons per minute.
From showerhead types to showerhead features, this should give you all you need to know about showerheads in order to make an informed decision on what type of new showerhead is right for your home and lifestyle. For even more information, talk to the Teaneck plumbing experts at BZ Dependable Plumbing & Heating!
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April 27, 2012
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April 23, 2012
Here is a common and yet seemingly complex Tenafly plumbing problem for you. You turn on your shower, flip the switch to go from tub faucet to shower head and the tub faucet continues to leak. Not only is it rather irritating, but it draws from the water pressure in the shower head. Let’s take a look at why this happens and how to quickly fix it.
Why the Leak?
There is a valve in your tub’s faucet that diverts water from the tub to the shower head when the switch or lever is pulled to turn on your shower. Because the valve is not a perfect seal, the tub faucet will drip a small amount during a shower. However, if a large amount of water is coming out of the tub faucet and very little is coming from your shower head, it is likely a problem with that valve.
In some cases, the only way to know the root of the problem is to take apart the assembly and check all of the valve parts individually for damage. The specifics of the repair process will depend largely on the type of shower and diverter valve you have.
Fixing the Problem
To fix this problem, you can either replace part of or the entire shower diverter valve. Start by removing the faucet and pulling the screw that holds the shower diverter valve in place. Once the screw is removed, take out the rubber washer and replace it. Many times, this is enough to fix the problem.
If it is not, however, you may need to replace the entire shower diverter valve. There are some situations that make it hard to reach the shower diverter valve, such as when you have a shower handle instead of a faucet knob. If this is the case, you may need special tools or professional assistance in removing the knob to access the valve.
If you find that this does not fix the problem or that you are uncomfortable attempting this repair, contact a Tenafly plumbing professional who is experienced in removing and replacing shower diverter valves. We have live operators answering our phones 24 hours a day, so never hesitate to call BZ Dependable Plumbing & Heating for any plumbing repair!
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April 19, 2012
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Once a year, a member of our expert plumbing team (A Certified Service Technician) will give your home a thorough inspection. This means a scheduled service and FREE plumbing system adjustment including all connected equipment. The complete list includes up to 100 different items, a $200 value alone!
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April 16, 2012
Remodeling your New Jersey bathroom plumbing can be a great way to not only make it look better and more inviting, but also make it more environmentally friendly, while giving the resale value of the whole house an upgrade.
As with any big home project, there are some caveats and tips to doing it right. Here are some of those tips to consider before diving right in:
- Before starting on your bathroom or any remodeling project, work out a budget first. Establish what you want it to look like and how much you have to spend, then choose the options that fit into that framework. There are few things worse than having a bathroom left unfinished because you ran out of money halfway through the job.
- Remodeling is a great opportunity to assess the ventilation in your bathroom and upgrade it if necessary. Proper ventilation improves air quality and prevents mold growth and water damage, so an upgrade in equipment can be an investment that is well worth the expense.
- As tempting as it may be to make wholesale, sweeping changes to everything in your existing bathroom, it will be more difficult if you move plumbing around. It can extend the time it takes for the job to be done. Is it really worth an extra week of work to have the tub against another wall?
Keep those tips in mind as you consider that bathroom remodeling job, and you are likely to have the whole experience work out much more pleasantly for you.
If you have any questions, talk to the New Jersey bathroom remodeling experts, BZ Dependable Plumbing & Heating!
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April 13, 2012
Plumbing Emergency Tips
When you have a plumbing emergency, it’s always best to call a professional as soon as you can; however, there are some immediate steps you can take to prevent major damage to your home. For instance, shutting off the main water valve is one way to keep the water from creating more problems in your home. From overflowing toilets to broken water lines, learn what measures to take in case of a plumbing emergency.
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Improving the Quality of Water with Water Softeners
If your water is hard or has a very low pH balance, you may want to consider using water softeners to reduce mineral buildup in your pipes, which can get into your drinking water. Water softeners can extend the life of your pipes and reduce odors from sulfur and other common municipal water problems. Read more about how water softeners can help to create a more effective water treatment system in your home.
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April 9, 2012
When we think of clogged drains and other common Teaneck plumbing problems, we most frequently think of toilets and kitchen sinks, but one of the most common drains to cause problems in a home is the bathtub. To avoid drain problems and to help fix any problems that might crop up, here are some tips for how to handle your finicky bathtub drain.
- How the Bathtub Drain Works – A bath tub drain works the same as the other drains in your home with a simple trap that ensures the safe transfer of water out of your home and blockage of sewer gasses from getting into your home. The drain itself is frequently open with a small crack – roughly a quarter inch – beneath a larger drain plug that can be lowered when you fill the tub. While the space is not large enough for objects like a bar of soap to enter, it is plenty large enough for hair, soap scum, and other small objects from a bath or shower to enter and start clogging that trap.
- Cleaning the Drain – To cut down on how much hair and gunk actually gets into the drain you should take off the entire drain mechanism once a week and remove any excess hair. You should also use some form of wire device like a bent coat hanger or scrubber to reach in and remove any hair you can reach. There are specific plumbing devices to help with this as well, but a hanger works just fine assuming you do not have a heavy clog. It is also a good idea to run boiling water through your drain once every week to clear out any soap and hair build up. While most soap is water soluble, it can create a thick, greasy clog when combined with hair. Hot water can help to remove it before a clog occurs.
- If a Clog Occurs – If a clog does occur, you should use the hot water method along with a plunger to try and clear out as much of the clog as possible. Avoid chemical use at all costs. Bathrooms are usually small rooms and even with the fan on, the fumes can be dangerous and the chemicals caustic on your pipes and tub. Baking soda and vinegar often help for small clogs, but otherwise, you should move on to a snake for physical clog removal.
If you have a clog deeper than the snake can reach or that you simply cannot affect with the tools listed above, it may be necessary to call a Teaneck plumbing professional who can track your clog into the pipes and find where the root of the problem is. It might be just too deep in your drainage pipe or it could be a completely different area of your plumbing system.
If you have having any trouble with your home’s plumbing, give BZ Dependable Plumbing & Heating a call today!
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April 2, 2012
A leaky faucet is obnoxious for more than one reason. It is incessant, it represents a problem that will probably only grow worse, and it can cost you money on your water bill. Beyond all of that, it wastes a lot of water, putting undue stress on the environment. But, how much water does a leaky faucet actually waste? It may not seem like much, but when added up over a period of time, your Englewood leaky faucet’s impact can be fairly substantial.
Okay, so a single drip every couple seconds may not seem like a lot of water. But, think about it this way. If you let your faucet drip every day, twenty four hours a day, it is definitely going to add up. Imagine what would happen if every faucet in your home was dripping or every faucet in your neighbourhood. It would not seem like such a small amount of water anymore.
In terms of how much water is actually wasted, it is impossible to tell for certain. After all, every drop of water from a faucet is a different size and falls at a different rate. But, for the most part the water coming from a faucet (according to the US Geological Survey) is between 1/5 and 1/3 of one milliliter. Using those calculations and 1/4 of a milliliter as an average, the USGS estimates that roughly 15,140 drips from a faucet equals one gallon of water.
It may not seem like much. After all, fifteen thousand drops is a LOT of drops. But, if your faucet dripped once every second every day, all day, it would only take four and a half hours to reach one gallon. Every day you would waste 5 gallons of water or 2,082 gallons per year. That is 10% of the average water used by a standard 3.5 gpf toilet on a daily basis. Now, imagine what happens if you have more than one drippy faucet, or if your bathtub leaks which will drip more water at a time or if the leak is larger than the average size.
In short, the cost of a leaky faucet may not seem like much, but as time passes, it can really add up and if it is not taken care of, the cost will only grow as the leak gets bigger and potentially new leaks start in other parts of your Englewood plumbing. Do not let it drip forever – take action now and cut down on the environmental impact you have, as well as your bill.
If you suspect that your plumbing is leaking, call reliable Englewood plumber BZ Dependable Plumbing & Heating today!
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