New GROHE Sense Smart Home Water Sensors

grohe sense smart water sensorAt PlumbersStock, we are very excited about the release of the new GROHE Sense smart home water sensor system. It’s an innovative way for homeowners to prevent water damage and waste. Think about it, we’re all busy and we don’t have time to remember to check our plumbing connections frequently, and even if you do have the time, major issues can arise and cause horrible damage in a matter of a couple hours. GROHE’s solved this problem with GROHE Sense technology. There are three main solutions to choose from, as well as a few accessories:

There are two different types of sensors with different capabilities, so let’s go over that now. You may find this infographic helpful:

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TOTO Toilets Release – Summer 2018

new aimes and legato toilet models by toto

We’ve got some innovative new bathroom solutions in this TOTO toilets release, summer 2018. There are also quite a few complete bathroom sets being released, like the GS and the GR, which we will cover here on the blog at a later date. For now, we’re going to talk about these awesome new toilets. No matter what TOTO fixtures you get, you’re going to love it.

Before we get into the products, we need to explain some of the features. All of these toilets come with CeFiONtect ceramic glaze (formerly referred to as Sanagloss by TOTO). The seat designs are modern and slim and SoftClose means you will be limiting noisy disturbances for sleeping babies and partners.

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Introducing the New Elkay Lustertone Iconix Sinks

double bowl elkay lustertone iconix sink installation

We can’t contain our excitement in introducing this new kitchen collection, the Elkay Lustertone Iconix sinks. There are four different options to choose from, and they vary in their sizes and configurations.

Each of the Lustertone Iconix sinks comes equipped with a Perfect Drain (which will discuss a little more in depth later). If you need a replacement, we carry Perfect Drains (LKPD1), too.

The sink is the busiest area of the house. Over the years, Elkay has proven traditional and modern kitchen sink designs, and this new line of Elkay sinks features clean lines and sleek style that will help to keep your kitchen always looking fresh and as beautiful as ever.

If you’re a meticulous cleaner, then this sink will save you a lot of time. If you are a lazy cleaner, this sink will help you maintain a cleaner kitchen. These Lustertone Iconix sinks offer timeless beauty and a resilient finish. Elkay Lustertone Iconix sinks come with a bunch of new features and upgrades that make them such a smart solution. Here are the four model options in the Lustertone Iconix Collection:

elkay iconix infographic sink features

Lustertone Iconix Features and Benefits:

The kitchen sink is typically one of the most germ-ridden places in the home. These Elkay Lustertone Iconix sinks are innovative solutions to everyday inconveniences you thought you just had to live with. Your kitchen chores become easier, and that makes for better hygiene and cleanliness. There are other awesome selling-points, too, so let’s get to it:

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New American Standard Spectra+ Touch ShowerHeads

with the touch of a button you can control your spectra+ etouch showerThere is an awesome new bathroom collection on the market, the American Standard Spectra+ Touch showerheads. There are four different options in terms of functionality, and then there are four different finishes for each option for a total of 16 Spectra Touch showerheads.

From traditional hand-operated to touch-operated units with adjustable spray patterns, the Spectra Plus Touch and the Spectra+ eTouch will help you achieve your desired comfort level. Not only are they beautiful, but they are also loaded with features. Whatever you’re looking for, you’ll find a wide array of available showerhead options here at PlumbersStock.

Here are the four model options in the Spectra Plus collection:

Whether you’re designing a whole new bathroom or looking for a replacement showerhead, it is best to be informed before making a big purchase decision. Shower faucets last for a long time, so spending a little extra time and/or money can go a long way.

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New Rain Bird ESP-9V Battery-Operated Sprinkler Timers

view of the rain bird esp 9v timer within a sprinkler valve boxThere is a new sprinkler controller in town, and it’s changing the game. Rain Bird ESP-9V battery-operated sprinkler timers is a great solution for homeowners who need to install irrigation valves away from a convenient source of power. Rain Bird is the best when it comes to irrigation solutions. These innovative timers operate off two 9-volt batteries (standard alkaline) and that battery power should last more than two years. Before discussing the features, we want to list all the products in this series:

Rain Bird ESP-9V Controller Features

There is a lot going on with these timers, which isn’t immediately apparent. The ESP-9V’s are waterproof, including the battery chamber. It can withstand the harsh elements in a wet, muddy valve box, even. According to Rain Bird:

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7 Tips for Spring Sprinkler Maintenance

April is here and almost gone! Now is the time for spring sprinkler maintenance! Nothing quite beats the convenience of having a well-designed irrigation system. Efficient lawn and garden watering will ensure the best results while helping to save money on utilities.
follow the sprinkler checklist for proper maintenance

Here we will offer some simple tips to help you conserve while maintaining a greener landscape. Sprinklers should be checked and tuned up yearly for the upcoming watering season, and the timers/controllers must be reviewed and possibly reset at least every month, so you can make sure that they are working correctly in each zone. If your controller has a backup battery, we recommend that you replace it every six months.

Make Your Setup More Efficient

Tuning up your sprinklers is a great way to prevent waste. Not only that, but proper care and focus will enable you to custom-tailor your watering schedule to your landscape’s needs. You want to ensure that water is applied uniformly to meet the needs of your plants and each type of soil. That attention to detail will help keep your lawn and landscape looking healthy and beautiful. It’s a good idea to stay on top of things for several reasons, but one big one is that an overlooked cracked PVC pipe or fitting in your system can result in significant waste.

Check out this custom-made 4-valve Rain Bird manifold kit, only available at PlumbersStock! We have other configurations as well. Read more about them below in this post.

Ensure that the water from one sprinkler’s head reaches the next sprinkler (with a 100% overlap in coverage). This is referred to as head-to-head coverage. In addition to ensuring proper positioning, check if the pop-up sprinklers are straight up and down or leaning to one side. You can correct them by removing soil from one side and filling in the other. As a general rule of thumb, you want your sprinklers perpendicular to the ground.

Spring Sprinkler Maintenance in 7 Easy Steps

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New TOTO Aquia IV Collection

installed toto aquia iv with washletWe’ve reached the fourth generation of one of the most popular toilet collections in the world, the new TOTO Aquia IV. PlumbersStock has proudly carried past iterations, and our customers loved them. TOTO is known for being one of the most technologically innovative plumbing manufacturers on the planet, and their specialties are toilets and bidet seats, particularly WASHLETs. If you’re interested in updating your master bathroom with all the bells and whistles, then you should strongly consider the Aquia IV Toilet w/ WASHLET. At the time we are publishing this post, we have four different options for that:

Remember, we have all kinds of options. If you want a toilet, you can get that. We’ll cover those in a minute, but for now, we’re going to talk about features for the options with included WASHLETs.

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New ActiClean Self-Cleaning Toilets by American Standard

view of installed acticlean right height elongated toiletThe future is here and it’s cleaner than the past! Thanks to the new ActiClean self-cleaning toilets by American Standard, you now have a lot less to worry about in terms of bathroom maintenance. Maybe you have seen the commercial they have running? The in-laws stop by unexpectedly and the couple has to scramble to make the house presentable. They don’t have to worry about the toilet because ActiClean technology is taking care of that for them.

Customers can find all the various parts and accessories here at PlumbersStock. The two most commonly sought out items in this product line are:

There are currently other ActiClean toilet model numbers to choose from, but they are all the same toilet. No matter what kind of toilet you are looking for, we have it. Please contact us if you have trouble locating the right toilet for your bathroom update.

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Alexa Voice-Activated Rain Bird Skill – New App Update

to use voice activated control, you need a Rain Bird timer, the LNK WiFi, and AlexaThere is a new update to the Rain Bird App, which enables Rain Bird Skill by Amazon. It is now available at the Apple App Store and Google Play. With this Skill, end users can link ESP-TM2 and ESP-Me (more information on that below) controllers to their Alexa using the LNK WiFi Module and their Amazon account. In this post we’re going to cover:

  • How to set up the app
  • How to operate it
  • And a small guide to the timers and accessories that are compatible

With 130 different commands, Rain Bird offers unique features incorporating custom program and zone names while enabling inquiries into irrigation time remaining, rain sensor status, and seasonal adjustment values. Watch the video below for setup instructions or a demonstration of the voice commands. This capability is only available in the US and Canada.

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New TOTO S500e & S550e WASHLETs (Infographic)

the new modern toto s550e washlet
This is the Modern style option for the new TOTO S550e.

Through the years, one of our most popular product lines has always been the WASHLET. In case you are unfamiliar, a WASHLET is a bidet toilet seat made by one of the most reputable and innovative manufacturers in the business, TOTO. We are so happy to introduce our customers to the new TOTO S500e and S550e WASHLETs! The new models include (in cotton white):

All 4 of these options are offered both in Sedona beige or cotton white and with the WASHLET+ concealed connection feature. If you are familiar with TOTO products, WASHLET+ is essentially the same thing as Connect+, except it’s a T40 connection that is compatible with WASHLET+ toilets.

All of these options are intended for elongated toilet installations. It’s been a few years since the S300e and S350e were released, so we are super excited to have a new addition to the collection. Unlike past updates, the S500e and S550e are actually replacing their predecessors. Soon enough, you will not be able to by the S300e and S350e (but the C100, C200, A100, and A200 will still be available). If you haven’t had experience with a WASHLET before, you should know that they are easy to install and offer simplicity with their convenient user experience.

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