Plumbing FAQs

Our goal is to assist you by giving relevant information and professional guidance when selecting your decorative plumbing and lighting fixtures and hardware – so you are a better-informed consumer. Here are a few of the questions we are most often asked:

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A toilet’s just a toilet, right?

Not anymore! Performance, style, and water consumption are all critical factors in determining what products are right for your home. Style matters these days when it comes to resale. In addition, performance and water usage are issues that will only intensify. It is no secret that water is becoming a more expensive resource. Replacing your old 5 gallon per flush (gpf) with a new water efficient 1.6 gpf high performance model (that actually flushes better than your 5 gallon model) can save you money by cutting your water consumption by hundreds of gallons per year!

Can I remove my tub and replace with a shower?

Yes! There are numerous products available today that are designed specifically for this remodeling option. Please remember it is nice to keep at least one tub in the house for resale purposes.

I want updated shower fixtures, why do I have to tear out my shower to achieve this?

What’s in the wall determines it all! The new shower trim that you select is married to a rough in value behind the wall. In order to update your shower, you must replace the rough in value. If you do not have access to get behind your shower wall, you will have to tear out from the front. This will mean new tile or a new shower unit.

What is a PVD finish?

Physical Vapor Deposition (PVD) is a finish that will not corrode, discolor, or tarnish. Even heavily used items like handles and pop up drains will with stand the use of time. These cutting edge finishes are so durable, that they are guaranteed for life against tarnishing. PVD has proven resistant to over 100 cleaning products and can withstand many harsh environmental factors such as salt air and hard water.

Do you only provide high end products?

Hubbard provides products for all budgets. Once we know your budget expectations , we can guide you to the products that will best meet your needs.

Why do you recommend a handheld sprayer in the shower?

It’s our job to help you get the most from your shower. A hand held has many benefits. It offers the best way to clean and rinse your shower by helping you to get to all of the hard to reach areas. It also offers you a way to shower and control what parts need to get wet. For example, if you only want to shave your legs, or someone has had surgery, it can offer a way to shower without the full soak down.

What’s the difference between pressure balance and thermostatic showers?

A pressure balance shower control consists of one handle that controls both volume and the temperature of the water. A two-handled pressure balance shower has one handle for hot and one for cold. The major advantage of a pressure balance over thermostatic is price; pressure balance showers are more cost-efficient. The downside is that you get what you pay for. With pressure balance you have fewer options for your shower. A pressure balance value will not allow you to use more than one function, like an overhead shower head and a handheld shower or body spray, simultaneously. Because it cannot sense temperature, the scald-proof factor is lower than in thermostatic systems.
A thermostatic shower does as it implies: it keeps the temperature stable. Thermostatic valves sense water temperature and will mix the hot and cold to deliver the perfect temperature. Once you find that temperature, you won’t have to find it again every time you shower. This is the “set it and forget it” feature of thermostatic. Because you control two shower components, the volume and the temperature, thermostatic values have two handles. One controls and perfect temperature and one turns the water on and off. Thermostatic values have the advantage of being safer for children and the elderly, who are especially at risk of shower scalds. It’s also great for the lazy and busy people who don’t want to fiddle with the temperature every time they shower.

What is a standard sink size?

The standard rule is that there is no “standard” when it comes to your sink size. Kitchen sinks from all manufacturers are typically produced in an assortment of standard sizes. One of the most common sizes is a 22”-by- 30”. However, even the 22”-by-30” sink may seem too large in small kitchens and too small in large ones. We are here to help you find the right fit for your needs. We can guide you in measuring the best size for your space. After all, the sink is the water appliance of the kitchen and the most used.

 
 

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463 Robeson Street
Fayetteville, NC 28301

Phone: 910-484-9015
Fax: 910-483-6414

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115 Davis Rd 
Southern Pines, NC  28387

Phone: 910-692-2210
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Showroom:
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Wilmington, NC 28403

Phone: 910-399-2060
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Showroom:
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1340 Wilson Hall Rd. 
Sumter, SC 29150

Phone: 803-905-7780
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