How To Find The Best Toilet For Your Home
There’s no doubt that the toilet is one of the most important appliances in your home. We often take it for granted, accepting that it’s there and functioning properly. But all of that can change if it suddenly stops working. You suddenly discover just how integral it is in your life.
It isn’t just a simple fixture that lets you flush waste water away. Choose incorrectly, and it’ll cost you money, raising your utility bills each month. Choose incorrectly, and it could be one of the most uncomfortable places in your home.
Let’s start with the obvious: flushing away waste. Depending on the age of your home, you may not have proper pumping power to flush away waste. If you install a toilet that doesn’t meet specific requirements, it can limit the ability to flush properly. Ever had a toilet that requires multiple flushes to do the job?
The best toilets take away waste with a minimum amount of water. They don’t leave any residue or paper behind. You can even find dual flush toilets that will lower water used for elimination for less than a gallon of water per flush.
This can be huge environmental savings.
The best toilets are also built for comfort. A good toilet should never leave indentions in your skin because the seat digs in. A good toilet should never allow your legs to fall asleep because it’s the wrong size. It should also use noise reduction, so you don’t announce to the world what you’re doing behind closed doors.
Armed with just a little information, when you start your search, you’ll find you have many different choices.
If size matters in a half bathroom, you can stick with a sleek, modern toilet that gives the appearance of more space.
If you’re into technology, you can find one with automatic flushing, lid lifting, and other operational controls.
If you’re into efficiency, shop for a toilet with a WaterSense label on it. Whether you select dual or full flush technology, ensuring its energy compliant means you’ll be able to save on your water bill each month.
If you’re into style, there are many options available to you. Would one piece or two piece design be preferable? Do you need a round or an elongated bowl?
Need a little help making your final selection? Need a little help installing it into your bathroom? We’re here to help.
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When’s The Last Time You Checked Your GFCI Outlets?
Have you ever plugged something in and stopped to wonder if the outlet is doing its job?
The only good ground fault circuit interrupter (GFCI) outlet is one that works properly. But how do you know if it’s operational? Is there a good way to test it?
Because we use outlets every day, and often leave things plugged in indefinitely, we rarely give them a second thought. But as electricians, we’ve seen outlets where the reset button won’t press, and outlets that once tripped would not reset.
What good is a button that won’t reset or trip the device?
When a GFCI outlet is installed, it will have two places to plug cords into the outlet, and in between are two small buttons labeled test and reset.
To test your ground fault circuit interrupter, simply press the test button in. You should hear a snap that trips the outlet and cuts the power to the two plug connections. You can use a voltage tester at this point to be certain it has turned off the power. You can also use a light or an appliance; if it doesn’t work after tripping, the outlet’s safety mechanism works.
Once you know your outlet is working properly, you can press the reset button, and the outlet should once again be operational. If it works, your outlet is working properly.
There’s another way to test your GFCI outlet without having to trip the system. A GFCI tester is designed just for testing ground fault circuit interrupters. It incorporates three LED lights to show if the device is wired correctly, if it has an open ground, or if it’s functioning properly. It’s easy to use as it’s set up with a plug, which you plug into the GFCI outlet to test.
GFCI’s are required throughout your home in different locations. You’ll find GFCI outlets in your kitchen and bathrooms; they have to be used anywhere within five feet of water.
Garages have been added to the list of locations that need GFCI outlet protection. You’ll often find them in basements because of their proximity to moisture and seepage, sump pump pits, water heaters, and faucets.
And don’t forget the great outdoors. If you have outlets outside, they should all be GFCI outlets for your protection.
As a general rule of thumb, give your GFCI outlets a test once a month to keep your family safe. Water and electricity don’t mix; that’s why these safety devices were developed.