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How To Shop For a Walk-in Bathtub

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How to Shop For a Walk-in Bathtub


Walk-in bathtubs have become hugely popular. Many people, especially boomers, are determined to age in place without leaving their homes as long as possible. In order to do that, they must remodel their homes to accommodate changing physical needs. One of those needs is the ability to bathe comfortably and safely without help from others.

walk-in bathtubsThe standard tub is dangerous and difficult to enter and exit. If a person loses mobility, they will need an easy access bathtub. A walk-in bathtub, sometimes referred to as a safety tub, can solve  that problem because it has a door and a seat that is the height of a standard chair. There is a slight step to enter the tub, but a person who uses a walker should have no problem. This is a tub you should try out before buying. Visit a local showroom and get into the tub, close and open the door, and get out.

Some designs allow easier entry because of a lower threshold and have a curved door to clear your knees. Walk-in bathtubs are available with a door that swings in or out. Because the door must be water tight, the door that swings in is better from a design standpoint. The pressure from the water reinforces the seal.If a walk-in tub will not fit in the bathroom or the home has only one bathroom, it can be installed anywhere there is access to plumbing like a laundry room or closet because it is free standing and does not have to be attached to a wall.

Some claim that you can use a walk-in tub for a shower as well but this is not feasible in my opinion. The ledges around the tub are not designed to drain water back into the tub so you would need a 360 degree shower curtain to divert the water properly. You can, however, add a personal hand-held shower to complete your walk-in bathtub.

All Walk-in Bathtubs Are Not Created Equal:

walk-in bathtubsRecently, many new companies have started to manufacture walk-in tubs. Some are quality tubs and some are not. There are many aspects that make up a well-engineered tub. The shell is usually made of fiberglass or acrylic. Acrylic is the better of the two. Acrylic is a very tough and durable man-made plastic. Corian countertops are made of acrylic, as are airplane windshields, skylights, and outdoor signs. Acrylic tubs are made by vacuum forming a sheet of acrylic over a fiberglass reinforced mold. The finished surface is high gloss, non-porous, and chip, peel and stain resistant. The color runs throughout the acrylic so it is color-fast and will not fade.

These walk-in bathtubs are designed to stand alone and therefore must be self-supported. The tub and plumbing components should be supported by a heavy metal frame. This frame should also have hand-holds that will make carrying and installing the tub easier.

The plumbing fixtures are critical. The tub must drain fast enough so the bather is not sitting in the tub for a long period of time waiting for the water to drain. The faucet should be a recognizable brand so parts are readily available. It must be able to handle enough volume to fill the tub as quickly as possible so the water does not cool as you are filling it. Obviously, the door must have a good water tight seal.

Walk-in bathtub prices vary greatly. Options such as a therapeutic whirlpool, air bath or heater will add to the cost. Some tubs are made in this country while others are made in China. Before purchasing, do your homework. You will want to work with a company that makes a quality product with a proven track record and offers a good warranty.

Before You Buy Your New Walk-in Bathtub:


Do You Have Enough Space? The most important considerations when planning for a walk-in tub are available space and access. Walk-in tubs come in different lengths, heights and widths. They are designed to fit in the same space as a regular tub. Check your doorways and hallways to make sure you have enough room to get the tub into the bathroom. Since the standard bathroom door is only 24″ wide, the doorway would have to be widened or removed to get the tub in and then be replaced. If you are not comfortable measuring, enlist the help of a carpenter.

walk-in bathtubs

Can Your Water Heater Meet Supply And Demand? The tub specifications will tell you how much water the tub will hold. Ask your plumber if your current water heater will be able to supply enough hot water. You may want to replace your hot water heater with a larger and more efficient model. There would be nothing worse than to go through the process of buying and installing a beautiful walk-in tub only to find you don’t have enough hot water.

Does Your Home’s Electrical Panel Need To Be Upgraded? If you choose to add whirlpool jets or an inline heater, consult with your electrician regarding your electrical service. You may have to add new circuits. If your service panel is filled to capacity, you will have to upgrade your electrical panel.

walk-in bathtubs

Buying a Walk-In Tub:

There are four options for purchasing a walk-in bathtub:

  • Buy it and install it yourself. You should know enough about carpentry to make the necessary modifications to get the tub in the room and install it. This is a two person job so you’ll need a helper. A plumber and possibly an electrician will need to be subcontracted. You’ll be responsible for a correct installation in order to protect the warranty.
  • Have a general contractor purchase and install it. You should make sure the contractor supplies a good quality tub, is familiar with the installation process and is willing to manage and service the warranty process should you need it. Ask if you will have to pay for service calls if there is a warranty issue. A contractor with little experience with this product is probably not a good choice.
  • Buy the tub from a marketing company. These companies market mostly through newspapers and magazines. They do not have a local store. If you do purchase a tub through a marketing company you will be responsible for receiving the tub and installing it. If they do offer installation, it would be through a subcontract network. If you have a warranty issue it will be up to you to get it resolved; the subcontractor has no responsibility past the installation. Buyer beware!
  • Buy from a franchised bathroom remodeling company. These companies furnish AND install so you deal with one company that specializes in the product and the installation. Franchised companies are held to certain standards to assure their customers of a good job. Typically, their installers are employees that have passed drug and background checks. The companies are required to have the proper licenses and insurance. Best of all, if you do have a problem, one call will take care of it.


Questions to ask before you hire a company to install your walk-in bathtub:

  1. How long have you been in business?
  2. How many walk-in tubs have you installed?
  3. Do you have a showroom where I can see the product before I purchase it?
  4. Does your product have IAPMO, UPC, UL, ANSI certifications? These are independent testing organizations that assure the products meet safety and mechanical standards.
  5. What licenses do you have? (Business, contractor, plumbing, electrical, etc.)
  6. Will you furnish me with a Certificate of Insurance? (This assures you the company has Liability and Workmen’s Compensation insurance).
  7. Check their rating with the Better Business Bureau.
  8. Do you have references from customers who have purchased this type of product?
  9. What is your warranty on the product as well as the installation?

Do You Know What’s In Your Drinking Water?

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70% of the Earth is covered in water, but only 1% of water on the planet is drinkable. Do you know where your water comes from? There are several different sources for fresh drinking water, each with pros and cons. Depending on where you get your water, you may be getting more than you bargained for.

Drinking Water:

As the name implies, drinking water (also called potable water) is intended for people to drink. It is safe for human consumption and comes from a municipal source. There are no added ingredients besides what is considered usual and safe for any tap water, such as fluoride. Depending on your municipal water provider, they may filter or add different materials to your city’s water supply. To learn exactly what’s in your city’s local water, visit the EPA to find your state’s water quality report.

drinking water

Well Water:

Especially for homes that do not have access to municipal city water, most home owners outside of the city limits have to have a contractor drill for a well and install a water pump. Well users use water directly from the ground. Unless you install an additional filtration unit, the water you drink will not be filtered or purified in any way. Well water tends to be hard water, containing more minerals than municipal city water.

well water

Homes using well water must also have a septic tank installed beneath their homes to process waste. Filling your septic tank with too much solid waste or water can cause your septic tank to back up into your home or yard, so be mindful of your water usage.

Spring Water:

Spring water comes from an underground source that has naturally made its way to the surface, and it may or may not have been treated and purified. In order to earn the term “spring water,” collection methods performed should include retrieval only at the spring or through a borehole tapping into the formation of the spring underground that does not compromise the natural physical properties of the water. Spring water contains small amounts of natural minerals and appears crystal clear or sometimes tea-colored from the spring.

spring water

Although spring water and well water are more sheltered from pollution than rivers and streams, pollution caused by erosion, drilling or chemical waste can sometimes affect this type of water.

Though spring water sounds more appealing (like many others, I imagine my spring water coming from a rushing fresh spring at the base of a tall snow-capped mountain), it’s not necessarily the best water for drinking if you have other options. Studies done by the Natural Resources Defense Council have found contaminants such as coliform bacteria, arsenic and phthalates in bottled water. Some homes with well water, spring water or excessively hard water prefer the taste of bottled water to their home’s tap water.

As for bottled spring water from your local grocery store? To meet FDA safety inspections, most bottled water is purified tap water that has been properly treated. The law now requires bottled water companies like Coca-Cola’s Dasani or Pepsi’s Aquafina to label the water source on each bottle. Do your digging and learn where your water is really bottled.

Purified Water:

Purified water can come from any source, but has been purified to remove any chemicals or contaminants. Types of purification include distillation, de-ionization, reverse osmosis and carbon filtration. Like distilled water, it has its advantages and disadvantages. The advantages are that potentially harmful chemicals may be taken out; the disadvantages are that beneficial minerals may be removed as well.

purified water

Distilled Water:Distilled water is a type of purified water. It has gone through a rigorous filtration process that strips it not only of contaminants, but any natural minerals as well. This water is best for use in small appliances — like steam irons — because it won’t leave behind the mineral buildup you often get with tap water. Though it may seem counter-intuitive, this water isn’t necessarily the best for human consumption because the often-beneficial minerals found naturally in water is absent.

distilled water

De-Ionized Water: Often used in chemistry or industrial capacity, de-ionized water has had the minerals and metals neutralized. However, this does not mean the water is safe to drink. When water is sent through an ion-exchange resin, the dissolved minerals and metals are not actually filtered out of the water, and this process may leave resin in the water. Do not drink de-ionized water unless it is labeled safe for human consumption


Do You Know What’s In Your Drinking Water?

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Do You Know What’s In Your Drinking Water?

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70% of the Earth is covered in water, but only 1% of water on the planet is drinkable. Do you know where your water comes from? There are several different sources for fresh drinking water, each with pros and cons. Depending on where you get your water, you may be getting more than you bargained for.

Drinking Water:

As the name implies, drinking water (also called potable water) is intended for people to drink. It is safe for human consumption and comes from a municipal source. There are no added ingredients besides what is considered usual and safe for any tap water, such as fluoride. Depending on your municipal water provider, they may filter or add different materials to your city’s water supply. To learn exactly what’s in your city’s local water, visit the EPA to find your state’s water quality report.

drinking water

Well Water:

Especially for homes that do not have access to municipal city water, most home owners outside of the city limits have to have a contractor drill for a well and install a water pump. Well users use water directly from the ground. Unless you install an additional filtration unit, the water you drink will not be filtered or purified in any way. Well water tends to be hard water, containing more minerals than municipal city water.

well water

Homes using well water must also have a septic tank installed beneath their homes to process waste. Filling your septic tank with too much solid waste or water can cause your septic tank to back up into your home or yard, so be mindful of your water usage.

Spring Water:

Spring water comes from an underground source that has naturally made its way to the surface, and it may or may not have been treated and purified. In order to earn the term “spring water,” collection methods performed should include retrieval only at the spring or through a borehole tapping into the formation of the spring underground that does not compromise the natural physical properties of the water. Spring water contains small amounts of natural minerals and appears crystal clear or sometimes tea-colored from the spring.

spring water

Although spring water and well water are more sheltered from pollution than rivers and streams, pollution caused by erosion, drilling or chemical waste can sometimes affect this type of water.

Though spring water sounds more appealing (like many others, I imagine my spring water coming from a rushing fresh spring at the base of a tall snow-capped mountain), it’s not necessarily the best water for drinking if you have other options. Studies done by the Natural Resources Defense Council have found contaminants such as coliform bacteria, arsenic and phthalates in bottled water. Some homes with well water, spring water or excessively hard water prefer the taste of bottled water to their home’s tap water.

As for bottled spring water from your local grocery store? To meet FDA safety inspections, most bottled water is purified tap water that has been properly treated. The law now requires bottled water companies like Coca-Cola’s Dasani or Pepsi’s Aquafina to label the water source on each bottle. Do your digging and learn where your water is really bottled.

Purified Water:

Purified water can come from any source, but has been purified to remove any chemicals or contaminants. Types of purification include distillation, de-ionization, reverse osmosis and carbon filtration. Like distilled water, it has its advantages and disadvantages. The advantages are that potentially harmful chemicals may be taken out; the disadvantages are that beneficial minerals may be removed as well.

purified water

Distilled Water:Distilled water is a type of purified water. It has gone through a rigorous filtration process that strips it not only of contaminants, but any natural minerals as well. This water is best for use in small appliances — like steam irons — because it won’t leave behind the mineral buildup you often get with tap water. Though it may seem counter-intuitive, this water isn’t necessarily the best for human consumption because the often-beneficial minerals found naturally in water is absent.

distilled water

De-Ionized Water: Often used in chemistry or industrial capacity, de-ionized water has had the minerals and metals neutralized. However, this does not mean the water is safe to drink. When water is sent through an ion-exchange resin, the dissolved minerals and metals are not actually filtered out of the water, and this process may leave resin in the water. Do not drink de-ionized water unless it is labeled safe for human consumption


8 Amazing Mother’s Day Ideas

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8 Amazing Mother’s Day Ideas

Mother’s Day is all about celebrating the little ways that make moms so special. You don’t have to spend lots of money to make her feel appreciated- pampering is a labor of love. Seeing the effort you put into Mother’s Day will make her light up. Give your mom an unforgettable Mother’s Day and make her feel as special as she really is. Whether you plan to do a handful of nice things or make Mom queen for a day, here are a 8 amazing Mother’s Day ideas:

1) Breakfast In Bed

Mother’s Day is the perfect way for you and the family to spoil Mom and take care of her the way she’s always taken care of all of you.

mother's day ideas

Fresh cut strawberries with whipped cream , homemade crepes and tea are an easy-yet-elegant breakfast to bring up to Mom, but you know what she likes best. A little pampering goes a long way!

 

2) Turn Your Bathroom Into A Spa

Nothing rinses stress away quite like a bubble bath. Giving Mom some downtime to relax is one of the most underrated Mother’s Day gifts that leaves her prepared for life as usual on Monday. Run her a hot bubble bath and dress up your bathroom with some candles. If you want to set the mood, find some ambient background sounds or low-key music.

mother's day ideasWhether she simply wants to enjoy a prolonged soak or to finish a few chapters of a book, reserving at least an hour for peace, quiet and relaxation will be appreciated. Lay out a robe and towels for her and take the kids out of the house so she can enjoy it!

 

3) Mom Coupons: Redeemable Any Time

Making your Mom a book of coupons for chores, family outings or even dates is a great way to let Mom feel the love all year round.

mother's day couponsWhether it’s a coupon to do the dishes or take her out for a movie when she needs it most, she’ll love it. Don’t be afraid to get creative!


4) Mother’s Day Picnic

Especially if the weather’s nice, pack some sandwiches, pasta salad, and some freshly cut fruit and take Mom to your local arboretum for a day outside.
mother's day picnicRemember to pack a blanket for stretching out on the grass. For a touch of sophistication, bring a bottle of a light wine in tow.


5) Make A Collage

Using photos and memories from the years past, ticket stubs, or whatever you can fit on a small poster board, capture your family at their happiest.
mother's day ideasRemind Mom how much you all love each other and how much fun you have together. It’ll make her even prouder to be a Mom!


6) Mom’s Choice

There’s not a single one-activity-fits-all when it comes to moms. The mother in your life is a special and unique lady, so try to customize your activities to her interests and hobbies. If your Mom’s an avid gardener, bring her some seedlings or the beginnings of an herb garden and offer to spend the afternoon planting with her. If your Mom loves to read, offer to take her to the book store for coffee and book browsing. Give her a chance to do something she enjoys with you.

mother's day ideasIf you think you don’t have what it takes to be a good sport as your Mom’s partner in crime, let her fly solo. Getting aggravated or impatient will ruin the mood. Let her enjoy her day!


7) Don’t Let Mom Cook

Dinner doesn’t have to be fancy, but it shouldn’t be up to mom to feed the family today. Whether you take her out out for dinner or you team up and make dinner for mom together, let her know she’s taken care of.

mother's day ideasGoing out of the way to make her favorite meal will go a long way. Dress up the meal with a homemade sangria or a nice wine.


8) Clean Up

364 days out of the week, mom is constantly behind the scenes cleaning up after everyone. This Mother’s Day, don’t let her lift a finger. After dinner or breakfast, wash the dishes, take out the trash, and don’t leave a mess behind your activities today.

mother's day ideas

As much as she’ll appreciate your hard efforts, leaving the responsibility and stress of cleaning up to mom may put a damper on your grandiose Mother’s Day plans. Give her a day off.


8 Amazing Mother’s Day Ideas

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8 Amazing Mother’s Day Ideas

Mother’s Day is all about celebrating the little ways that make moms so special. You don’t have to spend lots of money to make her feel appreciated- pampering is a labor of love. Seeing the effort you put into Mother’s Day will make her light up. Give your mom an unforgettable Mother’s Day and make her feel as special as she really is. Whether you plan to do a handful of nice things or make Mom queen for a day, here are a 8 amazing Mother’s Day ideas:

1) Breakfast In Bed

Mother’s Day is the perfect way for you and the family to spoil Mom and take care of her the way she’s always taken care of all of you.

mother's day ideas

Fresh cut strawberries with whipped cream , homemade crepes and tea are an easy-yet-elegant breakfast to bring up to Mom, but you know what she likes best. A little pampering goes a long way!

 

2) Turn Your Bathroom Into A Spa

Nothing rinses stress away quite like a bubble bath. Giving Mom some downtime to relax is one of the most underrated Mother’s Day gifts that leaves her prepared for life as usual on Monday. Run her a hot bubble bath and dress up your bathroom with some candles. If you want to set the mood, find some ambient background sounds or low-key music.

mother's day ideasWhether she simply wants to enjoy a prolonged soak or to finish a few chapters of a book, reserving at least an hour for peace, quiet and relaxation will be appreciated. Lay out a robe and towels for her and take the kids out of the house so she can enjoy it!

 

3) Mom Coupons: Redeemable Any Time

Making your Mom a book of coupons for chores, family outings or even dates is a great way to let Mom feel the love all year round.

mother's day couponsWhether it’s a coupon to do the dishes or take her out for a movie when she needs it most, she’ll love it. Don’t be afraid to get creative!


4) Mother’s Day Picnic

Especially if the weather’s nice, pack some sandwiches, pasta salad, and some freshly cut fruit and take Mom to your local arboretum for a day outside.
mother's day picnicRemember to pack a blanket for stretching out on the grass. For a touch of sophistication, bring a bottle of a light wine in tow.


5) Make A Collage

Using photos and memories from the years past, ticket stubs, or whatever you can fit on a small poster board, capture your family at their happiest.
mother's day ideasRemind Mom how much you all love each other and how much fun you have together. It’ll make her even prouder to be a Mom!


6) Mom’s Choice

There’s not a single one-activity-fits-all when it comes to moms. The mother in your life is a special and unique lady, so try to customize your activities to her interests and hobbies. If your Mom’s an avid gardener, bring her some seedlings or the beginnings of an herb garden and offer to spend the afternoon planting with her. If your Mom loves to read, offer to take her to the book store for coffee and book browsing. Give her a chance to do something she enjoys with you.

mother's day ideasIf you think you don’t have what it takes to be a good sport as your Mom’s partner in crime, let her fly solo. Getting aggravated or impatient will ruin the mood. Let her enjoy her day!


7) Don’t Let Mom Cook

Dinner doesn’t have to be fancy, but it shouldn’t be up to mom to feed the family today. Whether you take her out out for dinner or you team up and make dinner for mom together, let her know she’s taken care of.

mother's day ideasGoing out of the way to make her favorite meal will go a long way. Dress up the meal with a homemade sangria or a nice wine.


8) Clean Up

364 days out of the week, mom is constantly behind the scenes cleaning up after everyone. This Mother’s Day, don’t let her lift a finger. After dinner or breakfast, wash the dishes, take out the trash, and don’t leave a mess behind your activities today.

mother's day ideas

As much as she’ll appreciate your hard efforts, leaving the responsibility and stress of cleaning up to mom may put a damper on your grandiose Mother’s Day plans. Give her a day off.


What Is Hard Water?

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Do You Know What Makes Water “Hard” Or “Soft”?

Hard water is called “hard” because it contains excessive amounts of dissolved minerals in it. These minerals can contain ions that chemically react with the things they touch. Soft water refers to water without any additional mineral deposits, which most people find preferable. Although rainwater is naturally soft, once it falls on the ground and percolates through rocks, it picks up natural hardness minerals, such as calcium and magnesium. The more of these naturally occurring minerals present in the water supply, the harder it is.

Hard Water Headaches

hard water scalingThe extra minerals found in hard water can cause a number of problems around the home. Hard water can dry your skin, reduce the shine of your hair, and leave mineral deposits called mineral scaling in sinks, faucets, shower heads – even your pots and pans you use to cook with.

You may have noticed the buildup of hard water stains (better known as soap scum), which is a chemical reaction between the minerals in your water and your soap, which cakes onto every surface in your shower.

Because hard water is already partially saturated with dissolved minerals, it cannot dissolve other things easily. Soaps, shampoos and detergents do not lather well in hard water, which may cause you to buy or use more of it over time.

The mineral deposits caused by hard water should be removed regularly because they can corrode your faucets and pipes and even rust your sinks and bathtubs. Hard water can also decrease the efficiency and lifespan of your appliances.

Is Hard Water Safe To Drink?

Yes, absolutely. The minerals found in hard water act as nutrients for the body and are completely safe to drink. Scientific studies by the World Health Organization have found that drinking water rich with minerals like calcium and magnesium help protects good health and leads to lower risk of heart disease and stroke.

Why Some People Have Hard Water And Some Don’t:

Hard water is much more common in the mountains, in areas with natural springs or areas that endure a lot of run off or erosion. If your home’s water is on a natural well, it may have different properties than your town or city’s tap water.

hard water map
Most of North Carolina gets its water from the Neuse River Basin, which spans from the Appalachian Mountains to the Pamlico Sound. The North Carolina Piedmont and coastal areas have relatively soft water compared to the rest of the United States, but depending on your geographic location and your water source, this may vary.

How Do I Know If I Have Hard Water?

If you’ve noticed mineral deposits around your faucets or water aerators or you’ve noticed your dish soap, shampoo, or body wash doesn’t lather very well, it’s very likely you have hard water. Some minerals can give your home’s water a distinct smell or earthy taste that is easy to identify.

A Simple Way To Test For Hard Water:
1) Make a cup of tea in a glass mug.
2) Using a microwave oven, bring the water to a boil in the mug
3) Place the tea bag in the hot water and steep for 3-5 minutes.
4) Remove the bag.
5) If the tea is clear, your water is on the soft side. If there is a film on the top or the tea is cloudy, your water is on the hard side.

hard water test

The tea on the left is covered by floating film, the tea on the right made with soft water is normal

hard water film

This is a close up of the film that will form on tea made with hard water

Water Hardness Testing Kit
There are also test kits you can get at hardware stores that will measure just how hard your water is. The results of any water hardness test based on the classification methods of the U.S. Department of the Interior and the Water Quality Association. Your report will be given in milligrams per liter (mg/l), parts per million (ppm) or grains per gallon.

Soft water falls between 0 and 17.1 mg/l and ppm or between 0 and 1 grains per gallon.
Slightly hard water falls between 17.1 and 60 mg/l and ppm or between 1 and 3.5 grains per gallon.
Moderately hard water falls between 60 and 120 mg/l and ppm or between 3.5 and 7.0 grains per gallon.
Hard water falls between 120 and 180 mg/l and ppm or between 7.0 and 10.5 grains per gallon.
Very hard water is classified as anything over 180 mg/l and ppm or 10.5 grains per gallon.

Once you have tested the water in you home, you can determine what type of water filter or softener you can install to remove the mineral deposits before they can do any harm!

How To Treat Hard Water

Unless you have a very high mineral concentration in your home’s water supply, regular cleaning and preventative maintenance can take care of most of the problems associated with having hard water. Most hard water stains are caused by limestone or calcium bicarbonate build-up and can be removed with household items like vinegar or lemon juice. If the finish on your glass shower doors is delicate, be sure to stay away from abrasive cleaners and use the approved cleaner for the surface type.

If your water is very hard and you believe it may shorten the life of your appliances, installing water filtration or water softening systems beneath your home can remove or neutralize these dissolved minerals from your water.


What Is Hard Water?

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What Is Hard Water?

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Do You Know What Makes Water “Hard” Or “Soft”?

Hard water is called “hard” because it contains excessive amounts of dissolved minerals in it. These minerals can contain ions that chemically react with the things they touch. Soft water refers to water without any additional mineral deposits, which most people find preferable. Although rainwater is naturally soft, once it falls on the ground and percolates through rocks, it picks up natural hardness minerals, such as calcium and magnesium. The more of these naturally occurring minerals present in the water supply, the harder it is.

Hard Water Headaches

hard water scalingThe extra minerals found in hard water can cause a number of problems around the home. Hard water can dry your skin, reduce the shine of your hair, and leave mineral deposits called mineral scaling in sinks, faucets, shower heads – even your pots and pans you use to cook with.

You may have noticed the buildup of hard water stains (better known as soap scum), which is a chemical reaction between the minerals in your water and your soap, which cakes onto every surface in your shower.

Because hard water is already partially saturated with dissolved minerals, it cannot dissolve other things easily. Soaps, shampoos and detergents do not lather well in hard water, which may cause you to buy or use more of it over time.

The mineral deposits caused by hard water should be removed regularly because they can corrode your faucets and pipes and even rust your sinks and bathtubs. Hard water can also decrease the efficiency and lifespan of your appliances.

Is Hard Water Safe To Drink?

Yes, absolutely. The minerals found in hard water act as nutrients for the body and are completely safe to drink. Scientific studies by the World Health Organization have found that drinking water rich with minerals like calcium and magnesium help protects good health and leads to lower risk of heart disease and stroke.

Why Some People Have Hard Water And Some Don’t:

Hard water is much more common in the mountains, in areas with natural springs or areas that endure a lot of run off or erosion. If your home’s water is on a natural well, it may have different properties than your town or city’s tap water.

hard water map
Most of North Carolina gets its water from the Neuse River Basin, which spans from the Appalachian Mountains to the Pamlico Sound. The North Carolina Piedmont and coastal areas have relatively soft water compared to the rest of the United States, but depending on your geographic location and your water source, this may vary.

How Do I Know If I Have Hard Water?

If you’ve noticed mineral deposits around your faucets or water aerators or you’ve noticed your dish soap, shampoo, or body wash doesn’t lather very well, it’s very likely you have hard water. Some minerals can give your home’s water a distinct smell or earthy taste that is easy to identify.

A Simple Way To Test For Hard Water:
1) Make a cup of tea in a glass mug.
2) Using a microwave oven, bring the water to a boil in the mug
3) Place the tea bag in the hot water and steep for 3-5 minutes.
4) Remove the bag.
5) If the tea is clear, your water is on the soft side. If there is a film on the top or the tea is cloudy, your water is on the hard side.

hard water test

The tea on the left is covered by floating film, the tea on the right made with soft water is normal

hard water film

This is a close up of the film that will form on tea made with hard water

Water Hardness Testing Kit
There are also test kits you can get at hardware stores that will measure just how hard your water is. The results of any water hardness test based on the classification methods of the U.S. Department of the Interior and the Water Quality Association. Your report will be given in milligrams per liter (mg/l), parts per million (ppm) or grains per gallon.

Soft water falls between 0 and 17.1 mg/l and ppm or between 0 and 1 grains per gallon.
Slightly hard water falls between 17.1 and 60 mg/l and ppm or between 1 and 3.5 grains per gallon.
Moderately hard water falls between 60 and 120 mg/l and ppm or between 3.5 and 7.0 grains per gallon.
Hard water falls between 120 and 180 mg/l and ppm or between 7.0 and 10.5 grains per gallon.
Very hard water is classified as anything over 180 mg/l and ppm or 10.5 grains per gallon.

Once you have tested the water in you home, you can determine what type of water filter or softener you can install to remove the mineral deposits before they can do any harm!

How To Treat Hard Water

Unless you have a very high mineral concentration in your home’s water supply, regular cleaning and preventative maintenance can take care of most of the problems associated with having hard water. Most hard water stains are caused by limestone or calcium bicarbonate build-up and can be removed with household items like vinegar or lemon juice. If the finish on your glass shower doors is delicate, be sure to stay away from abrasive cleaners and use the approved cleaner for the surface type.

If your water is very hard and you believe it may shorten the life of your appliances, installing water filtration or water softening systems beneath your home can remove or neutralize these dissolved minerals from your water.


Beautify Your Bathroom and Increase Your Property Value

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Beautify Your Bathroom and Increase Your Property Value

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When it comes to home remodeling, very few projects you invest in will pay you back completely when you go to sell your house. Bathroom remodeling is one of the lucky exceptions. Bathroom remodeling is actually one of the best remodeling investments available to increase your home’s property value.

For every dollar spent on a bathroom remodel, a home’s property value rises by about 69 cents or more, according to Remodeling magazine’s annual Cost vs. Value Report 2013. Thanks to the recovering housing market, researchers at Zillow found a transformative mid-range bathroom remodel of a modest bathroom with 5×7 dimensions can help you earn as much as 101% of your remodeling budget back when you put your house on the market.

Not only do you get to build your dream bathroom, but you get a good part of your investment back in property value, too. Whether you are looking to sell your home in the future or simply want to enjoy your bathroom while you have it, here are 10 of the best bathroom remodeling projects to help you see a return on your remodeling investments:

1) Replace Your Vanity Tops:

It’s no secret that replacing your kitchen countertops is one of the best home upgrades you can invest in. The same holds true for your bathroom’s vanity top. Replace your worn or scratched solid surface vanity top with a new one that adds elegance and a lifetime of durability. Buyers will take notice of long-lasting quality and resplendence.Quartz, granite, and Corian are some of the most beautiful and durable options out there, and they come in almost any kind of color or pattern imaginable. Be sure to choose a versatile color or pattern that fits a number of tastes.

vanity top

If you have room in your master bathroom, be sure to invest in a double-sink vanity top. Couples especially prefer having their own sink and look for homes with this feature specifically. Not only will it make your home more appealing to buyers, but it will add even more to your home’s property value.

DIY Guide: Installing a new vanity top can be done in as little as 4-5 hours (with a pre-cut vanity top)

2) Refinish or Replace Your Bathroom Vanity

Bathroom vanities are like the hearth of a bathroom. They help set the style and tone of your bathroom’s theme and decor and offer storage. If your bathroom vanity is in terrible shape or outdated, it can make or break a potential buyer’s opinion about the bathroom itself and your home appraiser won’t be impressed, either.

If you want to raise your home’s property value, sanding and painting, or refinishing your bathroom vanity can make a world of difference. However, if your bathroom vanity is made of cheap compressed particle board, it will just fall apart. There is no saving a cheaply made, flimsy vanity- replace it! Be sure your new or refinished vanity is completely sealed or lacquered to prevent moisture damage.

bathroom vanity cabinets
Always make sure your bathroom vanity is the appropriate size for your bathroom. Fitting in bathroom cabinets that are too large for the bathroom create a tense cramped feeling (this may send potential buyers packing) . If you replace your vanity, specify a taller height. Vanities also come in taller heights and greater depth to save space or reduce strain on your back.

DIY Guide: Installing a new standard vanity 4ft tall or less can be done in as little as 1 day. Larger vanities may take longer.

3) Replace Your Worn Or Outdated Bathroom Fixtures

Replacing your bathroom fixtures is one of the easiest ways to give your bathroom a refreshing makeover and increase your home’s property value. Because your faucets and vanity hardware (like handles and hinges) get daily wear and tear, it’s important to keep them looking fresh and modern.

There are at least a dozen different finishes that can help accent your bathroom and help you create the kind of theme and aesthetic you want to create. Right now, oil-rubbed bronze and brushed nickel are two of the most popular finishes people are remodeling with!

brushed nickel bathroom faucets

Brushed nickel bathroom faucets

 

Be sure to replace your shower valves with a pressure and temperature balanced single lever shower control. It’s easier and safer for people of all ages to use.

Which Of These Things Just Don’t Belong?
If you decide to replace your bathroom fixtures, remember to be consistent and replace them all. Door knobs, door stoppers, faucets, cabinet hardware, shower valves, shower heads… all of it. The last thing you want is for the eye to catch on an element that not only sticks out, but doesn’t fit the new theme of your bathroom.

DIY Guide: Installing new bathroom fixtures can be done in as little as 2-3 hours

4) Make Your Bathroom More Resplendent

No one likes a tiny bathroom. Luckily, there are a lot of ways to make your bathroom look more spacious to the unsuspecting eye. Although home appraisers will calculate the square footage of your bathroom, the way you decorate the space can improve your property value and appeal to potential buyers. Using lighter colors can help brighten up your bathroom and make natural light go much further than a dark color scheme.

Although dark cabinets and shelving may look quite elegant, they may add an element of claustrophobia in smaller bathrooms. Adding mirrors , larger windows, or even skylights can also help your bathroom seem a little larger than it really is.

small bathroom

A bright color scheme and appropriately-sized fixtures can make a small bathroom seem bigger

 

If you are doing a large remodel and you want to reallocate a few square feet of room from a closet or master bedroom suite, expanding your bathroom may be a worthwhile investment.

DIY Guide: Installing a larger mirror and painting your bathroom can be done easily over the weekend

5)Think About The Future

There’s nothing wrong with personalizing your bathroom, but if you want to recover or enhance your bathroom remodeling investment, it’s better to choose universally tasteful features that will be popular with future home buyers.

 

timeless bathroom

Clean, universal features or money-saving features always sell well


While many people dream of having a luxurious home spa for a bathroom, the reality is that more people are more focused on eco-friendly modifications and trends, such as water conservation or energy conservation. Choose color schemes, features, or upgrades that are durable and will stay in demand, even if you don’t end up selling for another five to ten years.

DIY Guide: Doing your research on the housing market and bathroom trends will help you choose timeless renovations

6) Luxury Goes A Long Way

When considering your home’s property value, it’s also important to think about adding custom luxury features, like a whirlpool tub or additional spa features. Although luxury remodels don’t have quite the same return of investment as a mid-range bathroom remodel, you are still increasing your home’s property value about .59 cents for every dollar you spend AND all while creating your dream bathroom, too.

luxury bathroom

Heated shower mirrors are fog-free and make it easy to remove makeup or shave in the shower. Installing radiant flooring, a heating system that keeps your floors warm on cold mornings and accelerates drying, not only makes your bathroom more cozy but safer.

7) What About Custom Renovations?

There are some custom bathroom remodel features that may be niche, but necessary. For example, making your bathroom handicap accessible. Although there are Pros and Cons, ultimately, being able to live comfortably in your own home without the costs of assisted living are going to be more worthwhile than inflating your property value.

Depending on the nature of the upgrade, handicap accessibility may actually make your bathroom more valuable to more potential buyers who would like to age in place and avoid assisted living. Walk-in showers that cater to everyone’s needs will never grow out of fashion.

walk in shower

This walk-in shower comes complete with grab bars, a shower seat, and adjustable shower head

 

DIY Guide: Try to choose renovations that make your bathroom as comfortable, safe, and accessible to as many people as possible (including you!)

7) Light Up Your Life

Natural lighting is one thing, but the light fixtures in your bathroom are quite another. No matter how nicely your bathroom is decorated, with dingy lighting, it won’t look impressive.

Here’s a test: turn on your bathroom light and look at yourself in the mirror. If the lighting is less than flattering or makes it difficult to examine your features, you should invest in a better bathroom lighting setup. Your lighting should not only accent your bathroom, but it should make you feel good about looking into the mirror, too.

bathroom lighting ideas
Invest in sconces or studio lights around your vanity mirror to improve the lighting quality when in front of your vanity mirror. Lighting can also be added above your shower and bath, or to accent your decor.

DIY Guide: Replacing your light fixtures can be done in as little as an hour. Unless you are a skilled electrician, please use a professional electrician for any involved rewiring projects.

8) Through the Looking Glass

Bathrooms are often the primary place to put yourself together, which means a proper mirror is required. If you don’t already have one, a large decorative mirror can help add value and atmosphere to your bathroom- especially if it has a frame. While some consider wall-to-wall mirrors passé, framed mirrors present a design opportunity. Use a frame to create a focal point in your bathroom or match the mirror frame with your moldings or bathroom fixtures to create some stylistic cohesion that will turn heads.

A recessed medicine cabinet with additional storage space is also a great option- especially if your bathroom is smaller. A mirror is great. A mirror with storage space where there is little is even better.

DIY Guide: Replacing a bathroom mirror can be done in as little as 30 minutes

9) Add an Additional Bathroom

According to leading experts at the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB), adding a half bath may add up to 10.5% to a home’s property value, while adding a full bath can tack on as much as 20%. Of course, the amount of additional value you will receive varies according to the home’s other features.

 

under stair bathroom

Understair bathroom


Especially in an older home, having an extra bathroom can make a world of difference when you have guests. Under-stairs closets and basements are great places to add a bathroom.

DIY Guide: Depending on the size of the new bathroom and how much plumbing and rewiring must be done, installing a brand new bathroom can take anywhere from 1-3 weeks with inspections.

10) Don’t Skimp

If you aren’t willing to invest enough into making your bathroom look good, most home appraisers say “Don’t bother”. Knocking a few thousand dollars from your asking price will be more cost-effective than spending on a remodel that doesn’t look attractive to potential buyers.

If you have a meager budget to work with, try picking at least one project to focus your funds towards. Using a bathroom remodeling company that offers financing can also help you pay off a nicer remodeling project gradually.

 

bad bathroom remodels

A botched shower remodel

 

If you’re a DIY-aficionado, you can knock out plenty of the more simple or inexpensive projects around your bathroom with a little elbow grease. Just make sure your skill-set is proficient enough to attract buyers or you may find yourself hiring someone to go back and fix your ‘handiwork’.

DIY Guide: A botched or unattractive bathroom remodel not only costs you money the first time, but you’ll pay twice over just to get it fixed. Pick your projects wisely based on your skillset and your budget.


Beautify Your Bathroom and Increase Your Property Value

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Beautify Your Bathroom and Increase Your Property Value

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When it comes to home remodeling, very few projects you invest in will pay you back completely when you go to sell your house. Bathroom remodeling is one of the lucky exceptions. Bathroom remodeling is actually one of the best remodeling investments available to increase your home’s property value.

For every dollar spent on a bathroom remodel, a home’s property value rises by about 69 cents or more, according to Remodeling magazine’s annual Cost vs. Value Report 2013. Thanks to the recovering housing market, researchers at Zillow found a transformative mid-range bathroom remodel of a modest bathroom with 5×7 dimensions can help you earn as much as 101% of your remodeling budget back when you put your house on the market.

Not only do you get to build your dream bathroom, but you get a good part of your investment back in property value, too. Whether you are looking to sell your home in the future or simply want to enjoy your bathroom while you have it, here are 10 of the best bathroom remodeling projects to help you see a return on your remodeling investments:

1) Replace Your Vanity Tops:

It’s no secret that replacing your kitchen countertops is one of the best home upgrades you can invest in. The same holds true for your bathroom’s vanity top. Replace your worn or scratched solid surface vanity top with a new one that adds elegance and a lifetime of durability. Buyers will take notice of long-lasting quality and resplendence.Quartz, granite, and Corian are some of the most beautiful and durable options out there, and they come in almost any kind of color or pattern imaginable. Be sure to choose a versatile color or pattern that fits a number of tastes.

property value

If you have room in your master bathroom, be sure to invest in a double-sink vanity top. Couples especially prefer having their own sink and look for homes with this feature specifically. Not only will it make your home more appealing to buyers, but it will add even more to your home’s property value.

DIY Guide: Installing a new vanity top can be done in as little as 4-5 hours (with a pre-cut vanity top)

2) Refinish or Replace Your Bathroom Vanity

Bathroom vanities are like the hearth of a bathroom. They help set the style and tone of your bathroom’s theme and decor and offer storage. If your bathroom vanity is in terrible shape or outdated, it can make or break a potential buyer’s opinion about the bathroom itself and your home appraiser won’t be impressed, either.

If you want to raise your home’s property value, sanding and painting, or refinishing your bathroom vanity can make a world of difference. However, if your bathroom vanity is made of cheap compressed particle board, it will just fall apart. There is no saving a cheaply made, flimsy vanity- replace it! Be sure your new or refinished vanity is completely sealed or lacquered to prevent moisture damage.

 

property value

Elegant cabinetry and bathroom vanities add storage space and atmosphere

Always make sure your bathroom vanity is the appropriate size for your bathroom. Fitting in bathroom cabinets that are too large for the bathroom create a tense cramped feeling (this may send potential buyers packing) . If you are replacing your vanity, specify a taller unit! Vanities come in taller heights and greater depths to save space or reduce strain on your back.

DIY Guide: Installing a new standard vanity 4ft tall or less can be done in as little as 1 day. Larger vanities may take longer.

3) Replace Your Worn Or Outdated Bathroom Fixtures

Replacing your bathroom fixtures is one of the easiest ways to give your bathroom a refreshing makeover and increase your home’s property value. Because your faucets and vanity hardware (like handles and hinges) get daily wear and tear, it’s important to keep them looking fresh and modern.

There are at least a dozen different finishes that can help accent your bathroom and help you create the kind of theme and aesthetic you want to create. Right now, oil-rubbed bronze and brushed nickel are two of the most popular finishes people are remodeling with!

bathroom remodel property value

Brushed Nickel Bathroom Faucet

Be sure to replace your shower valves with a pressure and temperature balanced single lever shower control. It’s easier and safer for people of all ages to use.

Which Of These Things Just Don’t Belong?
If you decide to replace your bathroom fixtures, remember to be consistent and replace them all. Door knobs, door stoppers, faucets, cabinet hardware, shower valves, shower heads… all of it. The last thing you want is for the eye to catch on an element that not only sticks out, but doesn’t fit the new theme of your bathroom.

DIY Guide: Installing new bathroom fixtures can be done in as little as 2-3 hours

4) Make Your Bathroom More Resplendent

No one likes a tiny bathroom. Luckily, there are a lot of ways to make your bathroom look more spacious to the unsuspecting eye. Although home appraisers will calculate the square footage of your bathroom, the way you decorate the space can improve your property value and appeal to potential buyers. Using lighter colors can help brighten up your bathroom and make natural light go much further than a dark color scheme.

bathroom remodel property value

A bright color scheme and appropriately-sized fixtures can make a small bathroom seem bigger

Although dark cabinets and shelving may look quite elegant, they may add an element of claustrophobia in smaller bathrooms. Adding mirrors , larger windows, or even skylights can also help your bathroom seem a little larger than it really is.

If you are doing a large remodel and you want to reallocate a few square feet of room from a closet or master bedroom suite, expanding your bathroom may be a worthwhile investment.

DIY Guide: Installing a larger mirror and painting your bathroom can be done easily over the weekend

5)Think About The Future

There’s nothing wrong with personalizing your bathroom, but if you want to recover or enhance your bathroom remodeling investment, it’s better to choose universally tasteful features that will be popular with future home buyers.

bathroom remodel property value

Clean, universal features or money-saving features always sell well

While many people dream of having a luxurious home spa for a bathroom, the reality is that more people are more focused on eco-friendly modifications and trends, such as water conservation or energy conservation. Choose color schemes, features, or upgrades that are durable and will stay in demand, even if you don’t end up selling for another five to ten years.

DIY Guide: Doing your research on the housing market and bathroom trends will help you choose timeless renovations

6) Luxury Goes A Long Way

When considering your home’s property value, it’s also important to think about adding custom luxury features, like a whirlpool tub or additional spa features. Although luxury remodels don’t have quite the same return of investment as a mid-range bathroom remodel, you are still increasing your home’s property value about .59 cents for every dollar you spend AND all while creating your dream bathroom, too.

Heated shower mirrors are fog-free and make it easy to remove makeup or shave in the shower. Installing radiant flooring, a heating system that keeps your floors warm on cold mornings and accelerates drying, not only makes your bathroom more cozy but safer.

bathroom remodel property value

Luxury features can give your home high-end appeal

7) What About Custom Renovations?

There are some custom bathroom remodel features that may be niche, but necessary. For example, making your bathroom handicap accessible. Although there are Pros and Cons, ultimately, being able to live comfortably in your own home without the costs of assisted living are going to be more worthwhile than inflating your property value.

walk in shower

This walk-in shower comes complete with grab bars, a shower seat, and adjustable shower head

Depending on the nature of the upgrade, handicap accessibility may actually make your bathroom more valuable to more potential buyers who would like to age in place and avoid assisted living. Walk-in showers that cater to everyone’s needs will never grow out of fashion.

DIY Guide: Try to choose renovations that make your bathroom as comfortable, safe, and accessible to as many people as possible (including you!)

7) Light Up Your Life

Natural lighting is one thing, but the light fixtures in your bathroom are quite another. No matter how nicely your bathroom is decorated, with dingy lighting, it won’t look impressive.

Here’s a test: turn on your bathroom light and look at yourself in the mirror. If the lighting is less than flattering or makes it difficult to examine your features, you should invest in a better bathroom lighting setup. Your lighting should not only accent your bathroom, but it should make you feel good about looking into the mirror, too.

bathroom lighting ideas

Stylized bathroom lighting enhances the atmosphere of your bathroom

Invest in sconces or studio lights around your vanity mirror to improve the lighting quality when in front of your vanity mirror. Lighting can also be added above your shower and bath, or to accent your decor.

DIY Guide: Replacing your light fixtures can be done in as little as an hour. Unless you are a skilled electrician, please use a professional electrician for any involved rewiring projects.

8) Through the Looking Glass

Bathrooms are often the primary place to put yourself together, which means a proper mirror is required. If you don’t already have one, a large decorative mirror can help add value and atmosphere to your bathroom- especially if it has a frame. While some consider wall-to-wall mirrors passé, framed mirrors present a design opportunity. Use a frame to create a focal point in your bathroom or match the mirror frame with your moldings or bathroom fixtures to create some stylistic cohesion that will turn heads.

A recessed medicine cabinet with additional storage space is also a great option- especially if your bathroom is smaller. A mirror is great. A mirror with storage space where there is little is even better.

DIY Guide: Replacing a bathroom mirror can be done in as little as 30 minutes

9) Add an Additional Bathroom

According to leading experts at the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB), adding a half bath may add up to 10.5% to a home’s property value, while adding a full bath can tack on as much as 20%. Of course, the amount of additional value you will receive varies according to the home’s other features.

bathroom remodel property value

Especially in an older home, having an extra bathroom can make a world of difference when you have guests. Under-stairs closets and basements are great places to add a bathroom.

DIY Guide: Depending on the size of the new bathroom and how much plumbing and rewiring must be done, installing a brand new bathroom can take anywhere from 1-3 weeks with inspections.

10) Don’t Skimp

If you aren’t willing to invest enough into making your bathroom look good, most home appraisers say “Don’t bother”. Knocking a few thousand dollars from your asking price will be more cost-effective than spending on a remodel that doesn’t look attractive to potential buyers.

If you have a meager budget to work with, try picking at least one project to focus your funds towards. Using a bathroom remodeling company that offers financing can also help you pay off a nicer remodeling project gradually.

If you’re a DIY-aficionado, you can knock out plenty of the more simple or inexpensive projects around your bathroom with a little elbow grease. Just make sure your skill-set is proficient enough to attract buyers or you may find yourself hiring someone to go back and fix your ‘handiwork’.

bathroom remodel property value

A botched bathroom tile remodel

DIY Guide: A botched or unattractive bathroom remodel not only costs you money the first time, but you’ll pay twice over just to get it fixed. Pick your projects wisely based on your skillset and your budget.


H20 Kinetics Showerheads: A Better Way To Shower

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H20 Kinetics Showerheads: A Better Way to Shower

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Oh, how we love our showers. The feel of warm water caressing our bodies and relieving our stress makes one feel new again. A long relaxing shower may be the best part of our day. Showers cleanse our bodies and free our minds. Some of our best ideas are hatched during an early morning shower.

But, as we all know, we must conserve water to save our planet. In 1992, the EPA passed a water conservation law stating that manufacturers cannot sell a showerhead that uses more than 2.5 gallons of water per minute. The wonderful showerheads that drenched us with fire-hose force were outlawed forever. For years, many of us resigned to settle for an anemic showering experience to lower our water usage.

h20 kinetics showerheads
Manufacturers know how much we love our showers and set out to invent a showerhead that would use the prescribed 2.5 gallons per minute, yet would feel like the showers of yesteryear.

But, could that even be possible?

One manufacturer thought outside the box and invented a shower system with no moving parts that could reignite our passion for an indulgent shower AND meet the EPA’s water conservation limits.

The Delta Faucet Company designed a system they call H2O Kinetics. Some of these showerheads can operate on as little as 1.5 gallons per minute, 36% less water usage than a standard 2.5 gallon per minute showerhead. The water is routed through specially designed channels creating a unique wide-angle wave pattern that gives the feeling of a high volume showerhead. This internal system, which requires no moving parts (think quiet), controls the speed, movement, and droplet size of the water. The water exits the showerhead as an oscillating stream creating a fan of water with large droplets.

See How H20 Kinetics Works:

This innovative design keeps the showerhead nozzles clean because the water oscillates as it leaves the showerhead, self-cleaning as it is used. You’ll never lose shower pressure because of a lime-clogged showerhead.

h20 kinetics showerhead spray

If you’re thinking of changing your showerhead and saving the earth, make sure the one you choose has the H20 Kinetic feature—not all Delta showerheads have this feature. On top of being environmentally friendly, these reasonably priced showerheads are very highly rated for performance.

So, go ahead, indulge in a glorious shower with plenty of pressure to relax, and cleanse, and feel good about saving water.

Who said you can’t have your cake and eat it too?

 

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