Recently, we stayed in an historic 1929 English Tudor manor lodge near Chagrin Falls, OH. The lobby had the usual showcase of lodge history, but what caught our eye were the 2 original shower heads on display. The vintage showerheads are truly works of skillfully cast brass fixture art and the ultimate in 1929 bathing grandeur. In the Gatsby-esque roaring twenties, homeowners were so excited about moving the outhouse into the main house that water conservation hadn’t yet become a “thing.”

Fast forward to today. Water conservation is one of the hottest topics on the globe.

Does a Shower Really Use a Lot of Water?
According to www.agreatshower.com, showerhead technology has improved so much that the days of “a great shower or a water-saving shower” are gone. With today’s shower head options, homeowners can help “save the environment and save up to $200 per year.” That’s a sizable savings, given that the average shower lasts about 8 minutes and over 30 gallons of water (with a full-flow shower head).

Will a Water Saver Shower Head Help Save Water & Money?
Actually, they do. A water saver (a.k.a. “low flow”) shower head can reduce water consumption by as much as 50%. For homeowners on municipal water systems, a water saver shower head can reduce shower water usage to less than 18 gallons per 8-minute shower.

How do Water Saver Shower Heads Work?
By using a combination of modern design techniques and improved engineering, 21st-century water saving shower heads deliver a the experience of a “full flow” shower while using half the amount of water. It’s pretty scientific, but it works.

Water You Waiting For?
Ray and his team of plumbing professionals can install modern low-flow/water saver shower heads in all your bathrooms. Call today for a free quote: (513) 396-5300. Discounts may apply. Visit our Coupons page for details.

We have a 20-something friend who believes she’s found the perfect starter home in an early 1980’s neighborhood. The home seller is a “flipper” (red flag #1).

The home inspection revealed that all the plumbing low-grade PVC (red flag #2). The home inspector broke the sad news that all the piping must be brought up to current code in order to obtain homeowner’s insurance (red flag #3). To re-pipe the entire house will cost at least $4000 over the $240,000 asking price (red flag #4).

Plumbing Matters – Inspect Before You Buy
When buying a home, inspections don’t cost, they pay. In order to avoid costly purchase mistakes, it’s a good idea to have the following inspections performed before making an offer on a home:

Plumbing — is it up to code and are the fixtures of good quality?
Wiring — is it up to code and suitable for your power needs?
Sewer lines — a video camera inspection can reveal underground damage, such a tree roots and cracked tiles

Additionally, always buy from a reputable seller. The popularity of ‘Flip-or-Flop’ TV shows has many DIY-ers in the home rehab business. Some do good work, others…no so much. Inexperienced home flippers may take shortcuts in order to achieve their profit margins.

Water You Waiting For? If you’ve found your dream home (or are thinking of selling your current home), purchase a whole-home inspection that addresses piping, drains, wiring, and foundation. The professionals at Allied Reddi-Rooter are available to assist with bringing your home plumbing up to code. A good inspection can prevent surprises for everyone involved. Call today – 513-396-5300.