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Originally published Friday, August 9, 2013 at 8:06 PM

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Drink up the benefits of a home water fountain

For busy households, a water fountain can eliminate the mess of extra cups and reduce congestion at the sink. Plus, kids seem to love drinking out of a home water fountain.

Scripps Howard News Service

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Q: We have a good-size bathroom/laundry room off our kitchen and it gets used more than any other bathroom in our home. We have decided to remodel that room, complete with new plumbing.

With three children running in and out, we would also like to install a home water fountain in this bathroom. Is that a good idea, and can you please give us some information on home-water-fountain installations?

A: Generally, a simple wall-hung china water fountain that matches the sink and toilet should fit the bill. Your plumber can rough the fountain drain line and a cold-water line inside the wall, then install the unit according to local codes.

For busy households, a water fountain can eliminate the mess of extra cups and reduce congestion at the sink. Plus, kids seem to love drinking out of a home water fountain.

A home drinking fountain can be a very good idea, but keep a few things in mind: White is usually the standard color. If you’re thinking of another color, it most likely will have to be special-ordered.

Also, kids do grow up. So, before you make the sizable investment in a home water fountain, think about long-term use and if will be worth the money.

In addition, it is a fixture that should get frequent cleaning. After all, you don’t want family members and guests to feel like they’re using a public restroom.

Master contractor/plumber Ed Del Grande is known internationally as the author of the book “Ed Del Grande’s House Call,” the host of TV and Internet shows, and a LEED green associate. For more information, visit eddelgrande.com.

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