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Wright-Touch Frequently Asked Questions

We all know how important our WATER SUPPLY is. Click on the following link for all sorts of water saving ideas/tips. It all starts with US:

Water Conservation

Here is another neat tool! Click on the link to calculate your "water footprint":

Water Footprint Calculator


Q:  What is a Kohler Class Five toilet and how does it differ from my current one?
A:  A Kohler Class Five toilet is a toilet that uses *only* 1.6 US gallons of water to flush! (Upgrading to the Class Five is an excellent way to be more "green" and conscience about saving our precious water sources.) Older toilets flush with 3 - 5 US gallons, so it's quite a water saver.

Q: Is there such a thing as a lead free faucet?
A:  Yes! Wright-Touch Plumbing offers a completely lead free lavy faucet.

Q:  My faucet drips; is it as simple as a new washer?
A:  Most new faucets don’t have washers but there is a part of the faucet that can be fixed or replaced to stop the dripping.

Q:  Sometimes my plumbing makes loud noises when being used…
A:  …most noisy plumbing systems are that way because of water pressure or airlock problems.  Wright-Touch Plumbing offers solutions for those problems.

Q:  What’s the average life-span of a hot water heater?
A:  Good question!  Most hot water heaters last between 7 to 15 years.  Wright-Touch Plumbing recommends an inspection or replacement after 10 years.

Q:  How do I know if my sump pump is working?  And if it is working, can I depend on it?
      1) has your basement ever flooded?
      2) is there a mold or mildew smell?
      3) are your walls wet or is your paint peeling off?

A:  Most sump pump warranties are between 1 and 3 years.  All of the above are signs of moisture problems or possible water damage.  Wright-Touch Plumbing can perform an inspection to ensure your sump pump is in good working condition.

Q:  Do ice cubes sharpen the blades on a disposal?
A:  No.  Despite what you may have heard, ice cubes cannot sharpen the blades, but it is a good way to test the blade operation.

Q:  Should a sump pump pit ever be installed without a sump pump?
A:  No.  Even if your house never has any groundwater problems, code still requires it.

Q:  My toilet runs constantly (also known as “ghost flushing”).  Can it be fixed or is it possessed?
A:  In most normal cases, toilets can be repaired by replacing certain parts in the tank.

Q:  If my toilet is loose on the floor or moving when it’s being used, is that a problem?
A:  In most normal scenarios, the toilet needs to be pulled and re-set (new wax ring and closet bolts).

Q:  Sometimes in my house I smell a "sewer odor" this a health risk?
A:  If in fact what you smell is sewer gas, then yes, that poses a health risk (sewer gas can even sometimes be flammable).  There should never be a sewer gas odor in your hourse if: 1) your venting system is proper and 2) all fixtures are used regularly.

WATER SAVING TIPS (from Real Simple Magazine website, by Jennifer Bogo):

1. Turn Off the Faucet While Brushing Your Teeth
Why it's worth the effort: Brushing your teeth seems like a quick job, but before you know it, four gallons of water may have slipped down the sink.
Your one-year effect: 2,880 gallons of water saved.
The effect if everyone in the U.S. did it for one year: More than four times the Mississippi River's annual flow of water.

2. Bring Your Water With You
Why it's worth the effort: Buying a daily bottle of water may quench your thirst, but it parches the planet. Each one-liter plastic bottle takes seven liters of water to produce. Refilling your own bottle directs the water where it's needed--into your body.
Your one-year effect: 577 gallons of water saved.
The effect if everyone in the U.S. did it for one year: Equal to the amount of water that would cover Washington, D.C., by 52 feet.

3. Buy Recycled-Paper Products
Why it's worth the effort: Products made from 100 percent recycled paper require much less water in their manufacturing than do those made from virgin paper. If your family goes through four rolls of paper towels a week, choosing recycled reduces waste significantly.
Your one-year effect: 637 gallons of water saved.
The effect if every household in the U.S. did it for one year: More than the amount of water that cascades over Niagra Falls in a day.

4. Install a Low-Flow Showerhead
Why it's worth the effort: Low-flow showerheads cut water use in half. If you take a five-minute shower using this type of showerhead, the showerhead would save enough water in a year to fill a 15-foot aboveground pool. Plus, you save all the energy that would have gone into heating the shower water.
Your one-year effect: 4,550 gallons of water saved.
The effect if everyone in the U.S. did it for one year: Enough water to fill about 2,100 Giants Stadiums.

5. Water Your Lawn in the Early Morning or Evening
Why it's worth the effort: If you irrigate in the middle of the day, evaporation prevents 14 percent of the water from reaching the plants' roots. Watering the lawn in the early morning or evening can save the typical home owner 87 gallons a week.
Your one-year effect: 4,524 gallons of water saved.
The effect if every household in the U.S. did it for one year: Equal to nine times the annual rainfall in Seattle.

6. Water Your Lawn With a Hose, Not a Sprinkler
Why it's worth the effort: The average single-family home pours at least 25,000 gallons of water a year on the lawn--more than double the amount used inside. People are smarter than automatic sprinklers: Watering with a hose is at least twice as efficient.
Your one-year effect: 12,500 gallons of water saved.
The effect if every household in the U.S. did it for one year: Equal to the volume of water in Shasta Lake, in Northern California.

7. Eat One More Vegetarian Meal a Week
Why it's worth the effort: It takes a lot of water to grow the grain to feed the cow that ultimately produces a hamburger. Replacing just four ounces of beef in your diet a week with a vegetarian option can save more than 3,000 gallons of water.
Your one-year effect: 171,704 gallons of water saved.
The effect if everyone in the U.S. did it for one year: More than twice the volume of water in the Chesapeake Bay.

8. Use a Lower Setting on Your Dishwasher
Why it's worth the effort: Contrary to popular belief, it's almost never necessary to use the normal setting on a dishwasher or to rinse plates beforehand. The light-wash setting cleans just as well while reducing water use up to 55 percent.
Your one-year effect: 2,860 gallons of water saved.
The effect if every household in the U.S. did it for one year: Equal to the amount of water that would cover Rhode Island by a foot.

9. Install Faucet Aerators
Why it's worth the effort: Faucets account for 15 percent of indoor water use and typically flow at twice the rate they should. Installing aerators in kitchen and bathroom sinks fixes this problem for only a dollar or two per sink.
Your one-year effect: 1,000 gallons of water saved.
The effect if every household in the U.S. did it for one year: Equal to the 10-day water supply for New York City.

KOHLER. Trends: Tips for Small Bathrooms:

TIP 1: Toilet Upgrade (this is something Jeff says ALL THE TIME).
Old toilets are larger and less efficient than newer models. To give yourself more room to operate, consider replacing your old model with a compact toilet. It's the same size as a round-front model and still provides the comfort of an elongated seat. Plus, newer toilets use less water, making them friendlier to the environment (something Natalie says ALL THE TIME).

TIP 2: Stick with solid colors.
In a small room, busy paterns overpower and appear to shrink the space. Light, natural tones lend an open, airy feel. If you want to get creative, play with textures rather than patterns. Keep prints light and to a minimum.

TIP 3: Use corner storage.
Install shelving or build your storage units into the corner. Small bathrooms need to make use of all available space. Corners provide those extra inches, and create unique design solutions.

TIP 4: Work at the right height.
Consider having your cabinet from the wall at a more comfortable height (around 34 or 36 inches) to avoid unnecessary bending. If possible, use niche shelving and a mirrored medicine cabinet to remove bulky furniture.

TIP 5: Choose a smaller faucet.
Change your faucet to a space-saving, single-control model.

TIP 6: Downsize the vanity.
Save real and perceived space by installing a petite vanity, smaller pedestal or wall-mounted sink. Console tables, even if they're not particuarly small, help expand the perception of space thanks to their slender legs. You'll want to add shelving to make up for lost storage with a pedestal sink.

TIP 7: Lower your bath profile.
To give the illusion of more space, consider replacing your old tub with a lower-walled model. Look for a 5-foot tub with a flat bottom. They're perfect for showering, but still deep enough for a pleasant bath. If you don't have the dimensions for a full bath, consider a corner shower enclosure.

TIP 8: Streamline the shower.
Choose a sliding shower door or shower screen. Sliding doors don't require door clearance, and the clear glass acts like a window, opening the space even more.

In honor of going
GREEN and helping our planet, the following tips are from 'The World Wildlife Fund': Ten Simple Things YOU Can Do to Help PROTECT the Earth!

1) Put on a sweater. Remember, when you turn up the heat in wintertime your furnace is probably burning fossil fuels. A sweater or a nice warm robe will keep you even warmer and will help conserve resources and reduce climate change.

2) Put one foot in front of the other. 100 years ago, 99.9% of people got by without cars. They took the train, they lived near their workplaces...and they walked. Using fuel-efficient cars is important, but we can save even more fuel by simply driving less.

3) Go for seconds. Recycling doesn't only mean separating your cans and bottles. It can mean using things a second (or third) time. That nice padded envelope you got in the mail, for example? Instead of throwing it away, scratch out the address, tear off the stamps and use it again.

4) Watch your waste. Items you may be throwing away can contaminate the soil and water for thousands or millions of years. Your community probably has special disposal procedures for things like used oil and batteries. Ink cartridges can probably be recycled where you bought them. And many of the new super-efficient lights bulbs contain mercury, so proper disposal is crucial. Check with the store where you buy them.

5) Paper nor plastic. Bring your bags with you! By taking reusable bags to the grocery store, you can cut down on the 350 bags the average American uses each year, and reduce needless death to marine life caused by plastic bags that end up in streams, rivers and oceans.

6) BYOB. Last year Americans went through about 50 billion plastic water bottles. Fill up a reusable water bottle at home and bring it with you. Don't like the taste of your tap water? Buy a filter! (Remember, much of the bottled water sold today is filtered tap water, anyway...)

7) Flip 'em off. In much of America we can't even see the stars anymore, due in part to all the electric lights. Keep the light on in the room you're in, but keep the rest of your house dark. You'll find the dark is soothing.

8) Get in touch with your roots. Plant a tree! Good for the soil, good for the birds, good for reducing climate change--and good for the air you're breathing.

9) Get off. Catalogs are great when they're from companies you like to order from. But if you're getting catalogs from companies you don't buy from, call them and tell them to get off their list--and that's an order.

10) Support WWF. We're working to protect endangered species and preserve their habitats. Time is running out for many of the animals you love. We must act urgently, and your generous financial support is crucial to our efforts. Thank you!

41 Ways You Can Go
GREEN on Earth Day (& virtually everyday)
GREEN your daily routine, home, office, and more.
By Cara Smusiak @ Naturally

1. Start carrying a reusable bag.
2. Bring a travel mug to your favorite coffee shop.
3. Eat an all-local meal.
4. Take public transit.
5. Walk or bike instead of driving.
6. Install a water filter so you don't feel the need to drink bottled water.
7. Install an aerator on your kitchen faucet to reduce water use. (Most kitchen faucets today come with these built-in - double check to make sure you don't have one already.)
8. Replace old toilets with dual flush models. (Or a Class 5 or 6 toilet - which means they flush with a lot less water.)
9. Invest in rechargeable batteries.
10. Start buying and using compact fluorescent lights (CFLs) or LED light bulbs.
11. Take hazardous waste to your local drop-off center.
12. Switch to all-natural cleaners (homemade or store-bought).
13. Stop using paper plates.
14. Buy a bunch of tea towels (aka kitchen towels) and ban paper towels from your home.
15. Build a backyard compost bin.
16. Plant a garden to help promote biodiversity.
17. Switch to eating organics, especially fruits and veggies.
18. Flush your pets poop instead of throwing it in the garbage.
19. Install a water-saving shower head.
20. Invest in cloth napkins and stop buying paper ones! (And that's an order.)
21. Plant a tree in your yard.
22. Share your green know-how with others.
23. Try a locally-brewed and/or organic beer.
24. Plug your electronics into a smart power strip, which automatically senses when electronics aren't being used and cuts power to avoid phantom power use.
25. Take a short shower (5 to 10 minutes).
26. Head to the library to indulge your reading habit instead of the bookstore.
27. Turn your thermostat down at night or when you're at work.
28. Throw a clothing swap.
29. Find new ways to use old things (REDUCE, RECYCLE, REUSE).
30. Recycle your old sneakers with Nike's Reuse a Shoe program.
31. Get a solar charger for your iPod and other electronics with built-in batteries.
32. Take the train instead of a plane if you're traveling.
33. Switch to a renewable energy provider.
34. If you're not doing it already, start recycling!
35. Carpool with coworkers or friends who work close to your office.
36. Ask your boss if you can telecommute even one day per week.
37. Plan a green vacation.
38. Repair a pair of favorite shoes instead of buying a new pair.
39. Recycle your old electronics at Best Buy.
40. Donate your old cell phone to a charity.
41. Turn off your computer, head outside, and do something that requires only your own energy!

Whatever you do to celebrate Earth Day, choose to make changes that have an impact today and in the future.