5 telltale signs it’s time for a new toilet

zac23334_rgbYou probably don’t give much thought to your toilet until something goes wrong, but years of use can cause it to not work as efficiently as it once did.

Keep an eye out for these signs it’s time to install a new commode.

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10 ways we waste water daily

10 ways we waste water dailyEven though 71 percent of the earth is covered in water, 99 percent of water on earth is either salt water or locked in ice caps and glacier. Only one percent of that water is suitable for drinking, making the need for conservation clear.

Changing bad habits can conserve hundreds of gallons of water every year, and it doesn’t hurt to recognize that saving water will also lower your monthly bill.

Here are 10 ways we waste water every day. Continue reading

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How to create more counter space even in a small kitchen

How to create more counter space even in a small kitchenEven if your kitchen doesn’t have a pantry or walls lined with endless cabinet space, you can still make everything you need fit neatly with a few simple hacks.

Whether you got a new kitchen gadget or you’re just trying to clear more room for meal prep, here are eight ways to create more counter space. Continue reading

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5 ways to fake a mudroom

5 ways to fake a mudroomA mess at the front door becomes even more obvious when there’s no closet to organize and hold everything.

If your home doesn’t have the space for a designated mudroom—somewhere to stash the shoes, coats, book bags and dog leash—here are five ways to reclaim the space you do have and keep the clutter under control.

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How to tell when it’s time for a new water heater

Time For A Hot Water Heater_editedIf your hot water heater goes out, you’re faced with more than just a cold shower. Your dishwasher and washing machine are virtually useless without one of the most important plumbing assets in your home working properly.

A broken water heater needs immediate attention, especially in the winter. If your unit is only a few years old, basic repairs may keep it running. But if you have a standard convection water heater that’s near the end of its 10–13 year lifespan, you may need to replace it. Continue reading

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How to remove rust stains from sinks, toilets and tubs

Remove Rust Stains From Sink_editedThe smallest rust particles in your water can leave stains in your bathroom fixtures. Even when the water has no color and tastes normal, certain levels of iron can leave rust rings.

Rust stains develop over time where there’s water resting against the porcelain—think a toilet bowl, or a tub frequently used for bathing. Because it takes a while for these stains to develop, they can be particularly difficult to remove. The typical big box store toilet or bathroom cleaner may not do the trick.

If your porcelain has fallen victim to high iron levels or rust particles, here are some solutions. You’ll need tough scrubbers and a lot of elbow grease, but you should be able to remove the rust stains in your bathroom.

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5 habits to avoid in your bathroom

bathroom-habitsThe bathroom is a safe haven, a spa experience, a private getaway and a homeowner’s worst maintenance nightmare.

Common daily habits can be the cause of plumbing mishaps and expensive repairs. Avoid the following to keep the plumbing flowing smoothly. Continue reading

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Keep your plumbing unclogged during the holidays

keep-plumbing-uncloggedThe holidays are full of family and food, which can push your home’s plumbing to its limit.

From house guests and unexpected visits to heavy holiday cooking that taxes your kitchen’s pipes, you want to ensure that your bathroom and kitchen plumbing stays clear and works properly. Continue reading

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Is your home ready for a touchless toilet?

touchless-toilet-kohlerBathrooms are notoriously germy places, especially when dealing with the toilet. Touchless toilets, now frequently seen in public restrooms, are a great solution to one of the most germ-filled places in the home.

With new and more readily available technology, it’s surprisingly easy to bring the convenience of a touchless toilet into your own home. Continue reading

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Plumbing innovations for 2018 and beyond

kohler-bathroom-innovationWe get it—when you think about shopping for cutting edge technology, your local plumbing supply showroom may not be the first place that comes to mind.

Yet the U.S. boom in single-family housing construction—more than 800,000 new build permits for single-family homes were issued in August alone—is creating a demand for plumbing fixtures at annual 5% growth rate that is forecast to continue through 2021.

This growth is helping to propel a lot of plumbing innovations. Here are a few. Continue reading

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