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How to Install an Eco-Friendly Kitchen Faucet

September 1st, 2017

Guest Blog Post – Emin Rooters On Time is Northridge, CA based family owned plumbing company. We provide plumbing services to great Los Angeles area since 2010.

 

Your kitchen sink is one of the biggest users of water in your residence. Over the course of a year, your faucet releases about 10,000 gallons of water. Choosing an eco-friendly kitchen faucet and installation can help to conserve water and lower your utility costs by an average of $170 dollars annually. The actual process is not much different than a traditional installation, but will make a big difference in water usage. This is a moderately challenging task and should be completed in about a day.

Materials Needed

  • Eco-friendly kitchen faucet

  • Low-flow aerator

  • Bucket

  • Shutoff valves (optional)

  • Stainless steel supply tubes

  • Screwdriver

  • Hammer

  • Basin wrench

  • Pipe wrenches

  • Open-end wrenches

  • Hacksaw

  • P-trap

 

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Step 1. Select the Faucet

This will be the most important step in completing an eco-friendly kitchen faucet installation. There are several different options. Consider purchasing one that already has an aerator installed. If this is present, there will be flow rates imprinted on the side. Most distributors will have markings on their faucets that are eco-friendly such as an EnergyStar or WaterSense certification. To achieve a WaterSense certification, there needs to be a 30 percent reduction in water.

Step 2. Turning off the Water Supply

Once you have selected your faucet you are ready to install it. It is imperative that the water supply is shut off. Place the bucket under the sink directly below the P-trap in order to catch any water left in the pipes.

Step 3. Remove the Drain Lines

Drain lines that are located under the sink, can get in the way over the course of installation. If you can reach everywhere without removing these then you can skip this step. The drain lines can be removed with a pipe wrench. It is a good idea to take a picture of your drain lines under the sink prior to beginning. This will help you to remember how to reassemble later.

Step 4. Check for Shutoff Valves

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Shutoff valves will be very handy in the future. When you are looking at the plumbing under the sink, check to see if there are shutoff valves. If not, install these with the new faucet. To do this, cut the water supply lines using the hacksaw and then attach the shutoff valves.

Step 5. Unmount the Sink

It is actually not difficult to unmount the sink. Simply take the basin wrench and loosen the lock nuts behind the sink. Pull up on the sink and clean in the underneath area.

Step 6. Place Flange over Plumbing Opening

Once the sink has been unmounted, the flange is placed over the opening. This should only be tightened with your fingers at this point.

Step 7. Inserting the Faucet

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If you have an existing faucet, you will need to first remove that. Check the manufacturer’s instructions and follow those for the primary installation. You can expect to pay about $200 dollars for a high-quality faucet. There are not significant differences in quality past this price point.

Step 8. Tighten the Faucet and Flange Nuts

Once the faucet has been put in place, the nut under the sink must be tightened in the right direction. Place it through the flange and sink holes, then put the washer and faucet nut on. To put the flange nut on, use an open-end wrench and tighten it securely.

Step 9. Cut the supply lines

Locate the compression nuts on the valves and mark the supply lines directly about this location. Cut the supply lines and then choose the new tubing and attach it to the supply lines with the accompanying materials.

Step 10. Install an Aerator

If the faucet does not already come with an aerator, you will need to install one. For the kitchen sink, you will want an aerator with a flow of 2 gallons per minute. Use the white pipe tape around the thread. Place the rubber washer and aerator inside the faucet. Tighten the aerator by hand and check for leaks. If there are leaks, gently use a set of pliers to firmly tighten, but not over tighten the aerator.

Congratulations! You have now successfully installed your own eco-friendly kitchen faucet. This is a time-consuming project with several parts, but will ensure that you are now eco-friendly and ready to do more with less water!

 

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Going Green with Your Plumbing – 3 Green Solutions

March 17th, 2017

 

Since today is all about wearing green we thought we would keep the trend going and extend the theme to our blog. When it comes to going green with your plumbing there are a lot of benefits; it’s good for the environment, it’s good for your health, and it’s good for your wallet. There are a lot of things that you can do when going green with your plumbing. Here are some of the best ways you can go green with your plumbing.

 

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Replace Faucets and Shower-heads

One of the easiest and least expensive ways of going green with your plumbing is to replace your existing faucets and shower-heads with low flow faucets and shower-heads. Most new faucets and shower-heads are designed to use less water without sacrificing pressure and performance. You should start to see and improvement in efficiency right away. An added bonus of replacing faucets and shower-heads with low flow models is it modernizes the space without costing a lot of money. If you are looking for a quick project to update your bathrooms and kitchen, then replacing the faucets and shower-heads is a good option.

 

Replace Old Outdated Toilets

Toilets account for nearly 27% of all water use in a home. More than any other plumbing fixture or water using appliance. So, it only makes sense to update old and outdated toilets with low

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flow toilets. Most modern construction already has low flow toilets installed, but older homes, particularly home built prior to 1994, can have old toilets that use as much as 7 gallons per flush! That is a lot of water that could be saved. While low flow toilets initially struggled to perform, newer versions are not only efficient but effective, with some models offering 2 flush options, one for solid waste and one for liquid waste. While replacing the toilets in your home can be and expensive project, you will make up for it in savings.

 

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On Demand Water Heater

Water heaters prove to be another source of waste around the house. Traditional tank water heaters can suck up a lot of energy to maintain a constant temperature of water being stored for future use. While having a ready supply of hot water at any giving moment is a good thing, wasting energy and the natural wear and tear associated with tank storage is not. On demand water heaters are far more efficient and cost effective in the long term because they only supply hot water when it is needed. Because they aren’t storing water in a tank there is no sediment built up so they are low maintenance and actually last longer than tank storage systems.

 

The above options for going green with your plumbing are great options. They can help you save energy and plenty of green! To find a plumber near you that can help you with going green with your plumbing check out our plumbing directory.

 

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Going Green With Your Plumbing Company – Tips to Help You Run Your Plumbing Company More Efficiently

June 5th, 2014

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When it comes to running a plumbing company it pays to go green with your plumbing company. There are many ways to go green at home, but have you considered your environmental impact when running your business? Not to mention the impact going green with your plumbing company will have on your wallet. Going green with your plumbing company will not only help decrease your carbon footprint, but also help reduce your monthly operating costs, which can free up funds for other important things, like your plumbing marketing budget! Here are some tips to help you run your plumbing company more efficiently.

 

  1. Conserving Electricity

    Electricity is a big expense when it comes to running any office. With light fixtures, computers, printers, etc…this can be a big cost. To go green with your plumbing company and save electricity turn lights off in the office when not in use and use natural light whenever possible. You can also install motion detectors that turn the lights off automatically when no one is in the room. Another way to go green with your plumbing company and save electricity, is to turn off your computers and other electronics at the end of the day, and unplug the power strip. Constantly running computers can add up to electrical waste, and can be unnecessary unless it is a server computer, check with your IT support to make sure your not turning off anything vital.

     

  2. Conserve Paper and Recycle

    When it comes to going green with your plumbing company, consider how much paper you use. Many offices waste a lot of paper printing unnecessary documents. A way around this is to make any things easy to share among the office. If you have a central network set up this should be quite easy. In the event something does require printing, utilize both sides of the paper. When it comes to document destruction, always recycle. There are many outside companies that can help with document destruction that not only allows you to recycle, but also protect the privacy of you and your customers, but professionally shredding documents. In addition if you are invoicing customers, a great way to do this is with email. Going paperless is a great way to go green with your plumbing company.

     

  3. Promote a Healthy Work Environment

    A great way to go with your plumbing company is to promote a healthy work environment. Purchase reusable dishes, silverware and drink ware for the break-room to reduce waste. Purchase organic and local food for snacks and office get togethers. It is also a good idea to use organic and non toxic cleaning supplies that are safe for employees to use as well as the environment.

     

Many of these things will not only help the environment but also help you save more money and run your plumbing company more efficiently. Going green with your plumbing company really can be quite easy by just making some simple changes in how you operate your plumbing company.

 

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Eco-Plumbing helps to reduce environmental impact

Only 1 percent of the Earth’s water is available for human consumption. It’s no wonder that we’re facing a global fresh water shortage. Ever conscious of this, green plumbers strive to conserve water by promoting eco-plumbing products that not only save money but conserve water and energy as well. Green plumbers can help you monitor your water consumption and develop strategies to help maximize your plumbing efficiency with eco-plumbing products.

 It is estimated that the average American uses over 100 gallons of water daily. Even sadder is the amount that is not necessary and wasted. For instance, a standard water heater keeps 40 to 80 gallons of water heated even when you’re asleep or not at home! In addition many older toilets consume more than 3.5 gallons of water per flush! You can reduce the amount of water wasted by having a green plumber install Eco-Plumbing innovations like a tankless water heater that can save you up to 40 percent of energy by heating water only when it’s needed. A newer, low-flow toilet can trim you down to 1.6 gallons per flush.

 

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The Eco-Plumbing industry is also making advancements in the field of solar energy. This is a clean, renewable source of energy that you can use to heat your water. The Energy Improvement and Extension Act of 2008 will ensure big savings on your switch to solar. By switching your home over to Eco-plumbing, you will be doing your part in reducing your environmental impact. Sustainability and green-living aren’t the only benefits…

Eco-Plumbing will save you money

 The main hesitation of homeowners to switch to Eco-plumbing is the perception of high costs. Once again, litigation like the Energy Improvement and Extension Act were implemented to help reduce costs of installation. Many green plumbers have partnered with governmental organizations like the EPA. The EPA’s Water Sense partnership program offers many perks such as discounted high-efficiency eco-plumbing products. Upfront costs can be higher than standard products; however eco-plumbing products offer a longer life span in addition to continued monthly savings on utilities.

Tankless water heaters, low-flow toilets, and water treatment systems will help reduce water usage and waste ultimately reducing monthly water bills. Solar energy and tankless water heaters will lead to reductions in your annual energy costs. In addition, many green plumbers are experts in traditional plumbing services such as toilet repair, drain cleaning, sump pumps and a variety of others.

An effective Eco-plumbing strategy, coupled with traditional plumbing fixes will dramatically reduce your water and energy costs. The Eco-plumbing products will pay themselves off in a matter of years! Check out the info graphic below to see some more savings data. For more information on green plumber and eco-plumbers please visit www.growplumbing.com.

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