M&M Plumbing

Family Owned & Operated in Olympia, Washington

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  • 5 Great Reasons To Have a Hot & Cold Outdoor Water Spigot

    Here's a feature I think every house should have:  a hot and cold water spigot on the outside of the house.  It never occurs to most people that is possible to have more than just ice cold water squirting from that garden hose.  Well now that you know it's possible, just think of all the benefits you could have with warm water available outside.

    Here are some great reasons to have a hot and cold water spigot outside your home:

  • Garden Hoses: Are They Safe for Drinking?

    This Green & Grow hose is an example of garden hose that is drinking water safe. It's available at Lowe's and other retailers for under $20.This Green & Grow hose is an example of garden hose that is drinking water safe. It's available at Lowe's and other retailers for under $20.To drink or not to drink? That is the question...

    Shakespeare parodies aside, this is a question we frequently hear from our customers. It's safe to say that most of us as kids drank from the garden hose. And if you're still able to read this post, it didn't cause any serious, lasting effects. On the other hand, there are many things we are more aware now that products are better tested and we have a better understanding of the potential dangers of chemicals leeching into our food and water supply.

    So what's the answer? Is it safe to drink from a garden hose? Here is some information that might make you think twice before you pucker up at the spigot:

    In a 2012 Time Article, Dominique Browning outlines research showing that many garden hoses contain everything from lead to endocrine disruptors to neurotoxins. She states that since garden hoses are not regulated in the same way as plumbing fixtures, harmful chemicals are frequently found in hoses. This problem is worse in older hoses, partly because of the way they were manufactured, and partially because the plastic, rubber and metal used to construct them degrades over time.

  • Review: The New Pocket Hose Ultra - So Far, So Good

    The New Pocket Hose - 3X StrongerBack in March we reviewed the original Pocket Hose. We liked the concept of the lightweight hose that crumples up, drained itself, and is easy to store. The problem was that every one we tried eventually failed and ruptured near the hose bib.

    Since then, we had another one of the original Pocket Hoses fail. We had purchased it at WalMart, and thankfully, they were willing to exchange it, but we have yet to have one of the original hoses last for more than a couple of months.

    That is why were were excited to try one of the new and improved Pocket Hoses. The manufacturer claims that the Pocket Hose "Ultra" is three times as strong as the original

    Across the board, the new model is more durably built. The thin, lime green material has been replaced by a thicker, dark green material. While it feels like fabric on the outside, you can feel a stronger, reinforced, rubberized material is underneath. Even the hose bib connector and the convenient shutoff valve feel like they've been upgraded.

    The improved durability does come at a price. The new model is bulkier, and while it does shrivel up and shrink down as the water empties out, it does not contract nearly as much as the earlier version. However, once the water flows out, the new Pocket Hose is still lightweight and much easier to carry around and store than a traditional hose.

    Will it hold up long term? Only time will tell. However, the new Pocket Hose does feel much more substantial than the earlier model, so we have high hopes.

    How about you? Have you tried the new Pocket Hose yet? If so, what have been your experiences?

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M&M Plumbing

Serving Olympia, Lacey, Tumwater and Thurston County

Business Hours
M-F 8am - 6pm

Emergency Services Available 24/7


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