Back 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 The thin, lime green material has been replaced by a thicker, dark green material.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?> Add a comment >
Are you landlord, property manager, or building owner for an apartment building or other multi-family complex served by the LOTT sewer system in Olympia, Lacey and Tumwater? You may qualify for FREE high efficiency (HET) toilets (PDF application).
If you include water and sewer in your rent costs, this will save you money every month and make your property more profitable. If your tenants pay their own sewer and water, you'll be doing a service for your tenants and saving them money, plus you'll be doing good for the environment and conserving our valuable water resources.
To qualify for this program, your property must be served by the LOTT alliance sewer system, and you must replace a toilet that uses 3 gallons or more per flush. The PDF application form lists additional information, as well as examples of the toilets provided under this program.
The HET toilets are 100% under this program; however you are responsible for installation.
M&M Plumbing is proud to assist you in installation of these free toilets offered by the LOTT Alliance. We are strong believers in water conservation, and hope we can assist you in making your rental property more efficient.
For more information on LOTT's free HET toilet program, and to schedule an installation, call us at 360-491-9422 or fill out our contact form on our website.> Add a comment >
If you have an older home -- or even a not-so-old home, you may be literally flushing money down the toilet.
Did you know that older toilets use more than 3 gallons of water on every flush? In fact, older toilets may use anywhere from 3 1/2 up to a whopping 7 gallons of water each time you pull the lever.
Now for some basic flush math. If you have 4 people in your home who each flush 5 times a day, that's 20 flushes. With a 5 gallon flush toilet, that's 100 gallons of water a day. In a year, that's 36,500 gallons of water flushed right down the toilet! And that's assuming your existing toilet is working properly. If it has a leak -- even a small, undetectable one, you could be wasting a lot more.
And it's more than just water savings. Since there will be less waste water coming from your home, your sewer costs will go down too.
Switching to modern, high efficiency toilets will dramatically reduce your water use. To qualify as a high efficiency toilet (HET), the unit must consume no more than 1.28 gallons of water per flush. Installing one of these toilets will usually pay for itself in reduced water use in 12-24 months.
To encourage consumers to replace old toilets in Olympia, Lacey and Tumwater, the LOTT Clean Water Alliance offers a $100 rebate for the purchase and installation of HET toilets. The toilet you are replacing can be any model or level of efficiency (or inefficiency!). All you have to do is buy a toilet from LOTT's qualifying list.
But which HET toilet should you choose? If you've used low flow toilets in the past, you may have used some that didn't work very well. That's why it's important to work with an experienced plumber like M&M Plumbing. We'll recommend the best high efficiency toilet for your situation and professionally install it for you. Then we'll help you fill out the LOTT paperwork to make sure you receive your $100 rebate.
For assistance choosing a high efficiency toilet, and to schedule an installation, call us at 360-491-9422 or fill out our contact form on our website. We look forward to help you save water and money!> Add a comment >
You've probably seen them on TV informercials or at a retail store near you. The Pocket Hose, or one of the various knock-offs now on the market, is a lightweight garden hose made of a special fabric that retracts where there is no water pressure. In theory, these hoses save you the backbreaking inconvenience of rolling up a traditional hose because they are light and automatically retract. Also, as they retract, the water runs out, making it faster and more convenient than draining a traditional hose. They are really an ideal solution in our Olympia climate. In the summer, because they drain out, they won't be full of scalding hot water when they sit in the sun. In the winter, they are less susceptible to damage from freezing.
But do they work? And do they hold up?
Speaking from personal experience, or at least my wife's personal experience, these hoses actually work. She loves them. She hates dragging a heavy hose around the yard and reeling it up just to water the flower beds. After she's done, she just turns off the water supply, the hose shrivels up, and she can just stuff it into a flower pot next to the hose bib.> Add a comment >