Mar 12, 2017

Is Rubber Mulch from Recycled Rubber Tires a Damage to the Environment

Which is better: Mulch vs. Rubber Mulch Rings

Recently there has been some concerns about Recycled Rubber Mulch as Tree Rings. Are they a damage to the environment? Are they any better than regular mulch? Why should I use one over the other? 

We thought this would be a good topic to visit before the warmer months arrive in full swing. Considering we are sellers of Rubber Mulch Tree Rings,, we don't want you to think we are going to be one sided and report the news biased. We are looking to understand the benefits and uses just as much as you are. So after research and looking into things here's some of the stuff we thought was important to address. For us personally, we will say we have sold rubber mulch mats and tree rings to our consumers for years and have generally had great reviews from our customers. In the process of our research we did find some downsides and we're glad to share that information with you. 

How reliable and sturdy is the rubber mulch compared to wood chips? 
Rubber mulch has the reputation for being long lasting and durable, and has been growing in popularity in recent years. It's especially popular as a ground cover for playgrounds because of its soft and springy bounce. But it has been gaining ground in the garden as well. Rubber mulch is a recycled product, made of old tires that have been stripped of metal parts. Landscape experts say that the mulch does not fade as fast as traditional wood mulch and won't float or blow away like many softwood mulches do during heavy rains or high winds. Rubber Mulch is also not stained and will not dry out in color from rain and other outside forces of nature that may attack it. If you buy red mulch for example, You will find the soil to have a reddish color and the mulch getting lighter over time. With the rubber mulch this is little to not little at all. 

What does the Rubber Mulch do to weeds?

Mulches suppress weed growth by blocking the necessary light most weed seeds need for germination and early growth. A sufficiently deepen layer of rubber mulch, usually 2 inches or more, provides similar weed suppression capabilities as wood mulch. Although this weed suppression ability provides distinct advantages, rubber mulched areas must be weeded by hand.  
How much maintenance is required to keep the rubber mulch vs wood mulch?
{Properly installed} rubber mulch requires less to none maintenance compared to wood mulch and can last for 10 or more years; wood mulch is generally replaced each year. Rubber Mulch and Wood Mulch allows water and fertilizer applications to pass through to the soil. Sometimes wood will soak it up. Rubber mulch also does not attract termites or carpenter ants like wood mulch does, which will protect your flowers, plants and home from the pests.One negative is its price; it's quite a bit more expensive than other mulch products. But because it lasts significantly longer, you may actually see cost-saving benefits over the long haul.

What does rubber mulch vs wood mulch do to the soil?
Rubber mulch cannot be tilled into the soil, therefore weeding is usually done by hand. Rubber mulch also does not provide the nutrients or organic matter to soil that wood does when it decomposes. Rubber mulch must eventually be removed.To lay down weed fabric; helps with preventing weeds and also ensures that the rubber doesn't get into the ground. Our experts say it's extremely hard to remove it when it does.Experts agree that mulching in the spring or fall is a good way to inhibit weed growth, retain moisture and add to the aesthetic appeal of your landscape. Rubber mulch also blocks evaporation and prevents the soil from overheating. The mulch itself isn't porous enough to hold any moisture on its own and will not soak it away from the soil.  

How easy is it to install Rubber Mulch?

Rubber mulch may also require a little bit more effort considering it is lasting for 10 years or more at a time. With this being said it is also heavier and may take some planning ahead of time. For planting beds, the soil must be fully amended prior to installing the mulch. Overall it may be a combo team of yourself and someone else to help you get it perfectly because it will take more effort than buy and place. Sometimes you may need to cut it to fit your garden perfectly and or if you get Pour in Place Rubber Mulch you need to fit an unusual area it will take more research to do it correctly.  

Does Rubber Mulch give off toxic chemicals that can damage my garden?

Toxicity concerns from chemicals leaching from the rubber are the main disadvantage of rubber mulch. Heavy metals sometimes can pose a health hazard, so it's best not to use rubber or wood mulch for vegetable gardens or edible plant beds. Leached chemicals can stunt growth and eventually plant death. Unfortunately, the chemicals may also leach past the garden bed and taint groundwater sources so we suggest purchasing a quality rubber mulch that has been stripped and cleaning properly. 
Wood mulch is also a chance of transporting diseased trees to your garden. Wood mulch is nothing more than trees that are not worthy being chopped up. If there is a diseased tree and then it's then turned into mulch, you then have a larger issue on hand. 

Is it being flammable something I should worry about?

S Yes, rubber mulch and wood mulch is flammable. In a Consumer Report test, rubber mulch burned hotter and faster than wood mulch. Rubber mulch is also harder to put out once it is ignited. Of course organic mulch are more difficult to ignite and the fire will spread slower. If you are looking to purchase rubber or wood mulch we suggest make sure you are not in a high fire risk area - regardless of either offering long term benefits. neither is a good choice when you live in a high fire risk area. 

Overall, it's no secret that mulching improves water retention and prevents weeds in the soil. Most mulches are made of organic materials, such as wood or straw. Rubber mulch resembles wood chips but supplies a longer-lasting synthetic mulch option. Rubber has both advantages and disadvantages. It truly depends on the person and purpose when it comes to if it will be beneficial to you or your landscape. Have Questions? Contact us here

As always we're here to help when you're ready. If you need Rubber Mulch Mats or light bulbs we are available to service your needs! 

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Mar 9, 2017

Toilets are a little technical...

How Technical?

Well toilets can be quite technical if you think about it for a second. We've posted previous informational post about toilets and what you should be looking for; what we want to reiterate is how much a toilet can change in your bathroom. If you are just looking to update or full out impress the crowd, a change in toilet can make a big difference in a big way. Your guest may not say anything to you, but after they do their... business... they will notice how much effort you put into your toilet choice. 
Just imagine, have you ever been a really high class hotel and went into the bathroom. The bathrooms are usually glass this, high ceilings this, chrome that, and white this - well someone took the time to make the aesthetics of that bathroom impress you. Even down to the porcelain throne. 

So let's get down to the nitty gritty: Let's talk toilet! 


To be WaterSense Certified means there's an important certification on your toilet. They make it a responsibility to protect water. "Earth may be known as the "water planet" but even though about 70 percent of its surface is covered by water, less than 1 percent is available for human use. Water supplieess are finite, and we can all protect this critical and precious resource." Straight from the USA EPA - they believe in conserving water. One way to do that is through less use of a toilet. 
What the WaterSense label actually mean? Well if you ever see a product with a WaterSense Label is means that this product has been independently certified to perform well, help save water, energy, and money. The EPA also encourages innovative manufacturing and encouraging the spread of water saving knowledge. They make it easy to purchase high-performing and water efficient products on the market. (i.e why we're here! ) 
In the long run, w3hat have they done to change the world; well they have help consumers save a cumulative 1.5 TRILLION GALLONS of water and 32.6 BILLION in energy bills. 

The CeFiONtect is an Impressive One....  

This certified Flushing Technology will sure to  amaze you. Not only saving water with the 1.0  GPF (gallon per flush), the technology of the  build is impressive. The CeFiONTec ion-barrier  surface keeps your bowl cleaner on a daily basis  preventing debris build up and easy to clean when  deep cleaning calls. Watching the video will give you a better explanation of this system so please click play. Not only sleek in design but this innovative toilet will last for years to come and efficiently discard waste with the Tornado Flush flushing system. Little to no noise so you don't wake the entire house as well! 

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Toilets can sometimes be a little tricky but luckily you've run into a company that specializes in this department! We can answer any questions you may have and give you the correct guidance in order for you to make an informed decision.  We'd love to hear from you o feel free to reach out anytime, we're here to help! 

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Feb 24, 2017

Aerators: A New Spin on Saving Water

Can an Aerator Really Save Water? 

The answer to that question is yes. From personal experience, an aerator can add pressure and use less water. Think about it: When your hands are really dirty from you handling raw meat, you want pressure to clean them and a lot of water to power through the thick amount of soap. You don't turn the water on low and have to water slowly trickling over your hands... NO! Your turn it on full blast to make sure you wash off everything. Now you are replacing pressure for water.
Now let's add in a aerator - same scenario: dirty hands full blast. This time it's too much water pressure so you turn it down (using less water) and getting more pressure behind the water when you need it. Huh? Huh? Yeap! It all makes sense to why you need an aerator now!  

                  An easy and inexpensive way to start saving water is by installing low flow aerators on your faucets. The aerator is the part of the faucet that controls the flow rate (the amount of water that comes out of the faucet). Faucet Aerators conserve water, while shaping the stream uniformly and reducing splashing. Adding the pressure behind your spray you want but not adding too much to where it's unbearable. Water is delivered in softer, almost ticklish mini jets, rather than a standard gush that doesn't get the job done. (think of the kitchen example above...)

Standard faucets have a flow rate of about 2.0 GPM (Gallons per Minute). This means that for every minute 2 gallons of water flows out. (I can't even drink a gallon of water in a day!)  Low flow aerators reduce the flow rate to as low as 0.5 GPM which is a 75% reduction in the water used (that an amount of water I can drink in a day.) And it offers little massages on the hands! (and we all need one of those in our day!) 

Look at this one for starters...

When looking at this from a short-term angle; the benefit seems minimal; however when you apply this to a long term focus, there is a massive savings on the amount of water used and on your water bill. Let's do some simple math: 2 gallons every time you turn on your water  x 12 times a day you turn it on (brushing teeth, washing hands, cooking,) x 7days in a week = 168 gallons a week vs getting an aerator and you using 42 gallons a week. Does that tickle your fancy yet? I would think so....

1.This one is inexpensive and effective!

An an aerator doesn't have to be so obvious. You can add one of these and it look like you never did a thing. These seamless and chrome colored aerators are on most faucets anyway and you'd never know the different. This added the spray effect can effectively and efficiently add class and pressure to any faucet in the home.

If this isn't enough to make you want to make small changes in your home to save water then listen to this! These cost less than $10.00!! Yes I said less than $10.00- It doesn't take much for you to change and update your home to be eco-friendly. Ask Us how because we're always here to help!

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Product Blog - Low Flow Toilets

What Do You Know About What You Think You Know? 
...the myths and truths about low flow toilets

Most of the time words and phrases are thrown around and we really don't know what they mean. We become familiar with them but not really understand them. I know I was once one of those people when it comes to Low Flow Toilets. Some of the common misconceptions were that low flow toilets are not good at flushing waste as a regular toilet; they really don't save water - they more just use a smaller toilet; or even that low flow toilets don't make a difference in saving water, time, or money. Well for me and I'm hoping you too, when it comes to saving money - I'd like to know how! 

Let's start with what is a low flow toilet so we can be on the same page: A low flow toilet or low flush or high efficiency toilet - "is a flushing toilet that uses significantly less water than a

full-flush toiletLow-flush toilets use 4.8 litres (1.3 US gal; 1.1 imp gal) or less per flush as opposed to 6 litres (1.6 US gal; 1.3 imp gal) or 

Common questions and their answers: 

Do low flow toilets really work?
Most of them work very well. Just like anything you will find some that are not of high quality and do not work as they say they will but most do what they say they will. As a consumer read the highlights and the reviews on it to make sure you make a sound and informed decision. Test results are also easily accessible on the Internet. High-efficiency toilets use even less water than standard low-flow models, some as little as 1.0 gallons. Not only the regular one flush toilets there are also Dual-flush toilets, which have separate flush modes for solid and liquid waste which can save you even more water since it would be easily disposed for one versus the other. 
How much money do you save with a low flow toilet?
The current federal standard for toilets in the U.S. is 1.6 gallons per flush (GPF), but many old toilets
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use much more water. Older models typically use 3-5 GPF, or even up to 6 gallons. If you have an old toilet, there are some low-cost options for improving your toilet's water efficiency. This, I say, is for a more experienced plumber because most of us do not want to get our hands dirty. The easiest thing to do is to get with the times; just replace it. Replacement Options Click Here

What is Water Sense toilet?

When you get into knowing what's a good toilet and what's not, the federal regulations has made standards easy to spot. With recent advancements in toilet production, toilets are now using 20% less water than the current federal standard, while still providing equal or superior performance. The Water Sense label is used on toilets that are certified by independent laboratory testing to meet rigorous criteria for both top of the line performance and efficiency. An example of this...
How much does it cost each time you flush the toilet?
Each time you flush, a flush uses two gallons of water, so he/she would use up 1,095 gallons a year. Each gallon of water used costs 3/10ths of a cent, so the total cost under this philosophy for a year's worth of flushes is $7.66/year. So in theory, if you get a 1.0 gallon flush you're saving half of that a year per person in the home. Maybe not a lot of money but it's money you can add up for a family of 4 over 5 years. 
Now, what should you do to be a Low Flow Pro? Well we suggest

Feb 17, 2017

Are U Contributing to YOUR STATE Using Too Much Water?

Ever thought about If Your State Uses More Water than Other States?

Which state do you think uses the most water? North Carolina? Texas? New York? We here's a good synopsis of which and what states do according to water usage. Water consumption, water quality, (Flint, Michigan water crisis that's been going on since 2014 and they still do not have clean drinking water - simply ridiculous - but that's another blog for a different day) and the supply of water are now going to be hot topics with a new President in office. Is he concerned as previous presidents? With all of these terrible conditions going on that seems to be easily solved or prevented - water availability is important to everyone (now)... as it should always had been. Here is a visual presentation of the information. You can judge for yourself where to go from there if you're in these state(s).  

As you can clearly see, the blue bubbles are the largest in California and Texas. Of course there's other states that have large consumption numbers (Florida, Illinois, and Michigan) but the main ones are for California and Texas which doesn't surprise me much for two reasons- they are highly populated areas and large amounts of area in comparison to other states they are the two larger states. On a side note: California is one of the advancing states that are said to be more "eco-friendly" and or "water conserving" Must be due to the drought and them realizing the VALUE of water. 

What surprised me is the water consumption being large in North Carolina - specifically Mecklengburg county which is Charlotte, NC. Being someone from North Carolina, I am surprised Charlotte
is even using as much water as they stated. Though to be on the opposite side, Charlotte is a growing city and a city that most people travel to that surrounding cities talk about. I think Charlotte being a growing city they are not as "water conscious" as other cities. Though this is an important topic for any city and any state, I think its important for growing cities to introduce and speak about the topic when people are dispersing in the new city. Something like a intro-package when someone moves into a new apartment or home sponsored by the city. But again, some things are hopeful thoughts...

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So are you ready to start thinking about saving water? It seriously takes simple steps, from changing the water faucet or replacing the toilet to use less water - simple changes can be made slowly and surely for the betterment of yourself and the world. We're going to always be here... Conserv-A-Store! 

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