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2 Common Methods Of Treating Well Water

Posted by on May 4, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 2 Common Methods Of Treating Well Water

Owning a home with its own private well is a unique–and refreshing–privilege, but one that brings certain responsibilities. It is up to you to ensure that the water is safe to use for cleaning, cooking, and drinking. If your house utilizes a private well and you would like to learn more about making the water as pure as possible, read on. This article will outline two different methods used to remove contaminants from well water. Filtration Filtration systems come in a wide variety of styles and configurations. Perhaps the simplest is a filtration pitcher, which can be used to remove minor issues and improve the taste of drinking water. Slightly more involved are so-called point-of-use systems–i.e. filters that are attached to your faucet and thus filter all of the water drawn at a particular sink. Finally there are point-of-entry water filtration systems. These are attached to the main water line running into your home, before it has reached any of your appliances or sinks. The idea behind a point of entry system is that it filters all of the water entering your home, thus eliminating the need for localized filtration devices. Different filters may be used within a given system. A carbon filter is used to remove such things as chlorine, pesticides, and other environmental toxins. A reverse osmosis filter can effectively remove unwanted salts from the water. Lastly, a sediment filter will remove larger particles, for instance dirt or gravel. Disinfection Wells and other natural water sources all run a certain risk of becoming contaminated by bacteria. In the vast majority of cases, these bacteria pose no direct threat to your health or even your taste buds. But certain strains of coliform bacteria–specifically those that originate in the fecal material of humans and other animals– can make you seriously ill when ingested. The simplest means of disinfecting water is to boil it before use or consumption. In order to effectively kill off any bacteria present, the water must be allowed to remain at a full boil for a minimum of one minute. But if you seriously suspect that your well water contains unwanted bacterial organisms, you’re going to need a system that’s a little more convenient than this. Your best bet will be to install a system that utilizes ultraviolet light to disinfect your home’s water. UV light is capable of passing through bacterial cell walls, thus disrupting their genetic material and making it impossible for them to reproduce. Not only are these systems simple to install, but they require fairly little maintenance and will not negatively affect the taste of your water. For more information, look into PureWater Installations Ltd water...

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Why You Should Invest In Blinds

Posted by on Mar 24, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Why You Should Invest In Blinds

Are you undecided as to whether or not you should invest in blinds for the windows in your house? Installing blinds is actually a great way to improve the look of your windows as well as provide a few other benefits. In this article, discover the benefits that you will enjoy if you get blinds for your windows. Various Styles to Choose From Blinds can be used as accent window treatments when you already have curtains hanging at the windows. The great thing about blinds is that there are numerous styles for you to choose from to find a look that matches decor pattern of your curtains. You can also opt for wooden blinds that can complement wood trimming or floors. There are also blinds that are constructed out of plastic and metal that are available in an array of colors. Blinds can be purchased with slats that are vertical or horizontal. Privacy Without Needing Curtains If you don’t like the look of curtains but need privacy sometimes, investing in blinds is the best solution. You will be able to expose an entire window during the day by lifting the blinds up, while pulling them down at night or when you need privacy. You can even opt for the horizontal blinds that can be pulled to the side so you won’t have to see blinds covering even a small portion of the glass. Easy to Keep Clean One of the best things about investing in blinds for your windows is that you can keep them clean without having to do a lot of work. For instance, you would have to take curtains down to wash and dry them, but you can clean blinds without removing them. All you have to do is wipe them down with water and soap, or you can buy an all-purpose cleaning spray for the task. Save On Energy Costs During hot days when the sun is shining bright through your windows, it can interfere with the coolness of air in your house. For instance, you might have to leave the air conditioner running longer than usual because heat from the sun is not allow the air to get as cold as it should. You end up with a higher energy bill. Closing the blinds to block out sunlight on hot days can prevent the problem. Visit a dealer for blinds, such as The Shady Lady Blinds & Interiors, as soon as you can....

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Three Practical Shutter Solutions For Storm Protection, Energy Efficiency, And Security

Posted by on Jan 3, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Three Practical Shutter Solutions For Storm Protection, Energy Efficiency, And Security

If you want to improve the windows of your home, there are many different options to choose from. You can leave the existing windows and update them with features like shutters. The shutters can give your home energy efficiency and can offer other benefits. There are also many different styles of shutters to choose from, such as Bahama-style, colonial and roll-up shutters. Here are some of the practical solutions you may want to consider by adding shutters to your home: 1. Stay Cool With Bahama-style Shutters In Hot Climates Bahama-style shutters are a great solution for homes in warmer climates. These are shutters that open outwards and can act as an awning, blocking sunlight and helping to keep your home cool. They can also be closed to protect windows from storm and wind damage. If you want shutters with a classic look, that will also have a practical function for keeping your home cool during warm summer day, Bahama-style shutters can be a great choice. 2. A Classic Look And Storm Protection With Colonial-style Shutters If you want to have more of a classic look for your home, colonial-style shutters can be a great choice. These are the shutters that have horizontal louvers and open like double-doors. They are a practical and affordable solution for adding storm protection to your home. There are also colonial-style blinds that you can have installed for the window treatments inside your home, which will give you the additional function of controlling natural light. 3. Add Automation With Modern Roll-up-style Shutters If you want a more modern and practical solution for the shutters in your home, roll-up styles can be a great investment. These can give your home a modern look and have the added option of addition automation to your home. Motors and control switches can be installed to make operating your shutters a simple task. If you do not want to spend the additional money for electrical controls, these shutters can also be installed with manual pull strings that work like conventional blinds to open and close the shutters. Roll-up shutters can give your home a modern look with shutters that protect from storms and help add energy efficiency to your home. These are some practical shutter solutions that you may want to consider adding to your home. If you are ready to add security, storm protection and energy efficiency to the windows in your home, contact a shutter service like First Class Shutters or others and talk with them about some of these...

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Three Ways To Make Your RV More Spacious Using An Awning

Posted by on Oct 9, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Three Ways To Make Your RV More Spacious Using An Awning

Awnings help to make your RV feel a little more like home, giving you a shaded spot where you can relax after a long day on the road. You may be surprised to know that these awnings can also be used to expand your RV’s available space. Here are three different ways you can use your awning to make your RV feel more spacious. Screened Tent Enclosures Screened tent enclosures attach to your RV using your awning as a roof. They give you an enclosed porch space you can use as a dining room for any meal of the day. Your awning keeps the area shaded, and the screened walls keep unwanted bugs and insects out. Whether you are staying in an RV park and want to invite the neighbors over for dinner or your family simply needs some space to spread out and enjoy a meal outdoors, a screened tent enclosure may be just the solution for you. Extra Bedrooms RVs are great for traveling the country in comfort, but they don’t provide a lot in the way of privacy. Expandable room additions for your RV make it easy to add a room to the vehicle, so you can enjoy a bedroom all to yourself. This eliminates some of the cramped conditions inside the RV while also providing some much-needed privacy. These add-on rooms offer roll-up flap windows and weatherproof vinyl or canvas walls, and they are ventilated so that air flows through the space properly. Your awning acts as the roof support, and if your awning sits over your RV door, you have easy access to the restroom and kitchen in the middle of the night. An Outdoor Pavilion You can use your awning to set up a tent that converts your awning into an outdoor pavilion. You may be able to find a tent or canopy through your RV parts supplier, or you can make one on your own using a few poles and a simple tarp. No matter how you set up your tent, it will provide a large shaded space you can use for any number of outdoor events. Use this shaded space to hold a picnic for friends and neighbors, or use it to provide shade for a backyard-style barbecue. If you’ve brought your car with you on your RV adventure, this tent pavilion can be used as a carport to keep your vehicle out of the hot sun. Adding an awning to your RV gives you lots of versatile options for adding space to the vehicle. Use these ideas to make your next family road trip a little more comfortable by giving everyone some extra room to move around. To learn more, contact an awning company like Auvents Lalonde...

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Small Bathroom Floor Plan Design Tips

Posted by on Sep 2, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Small Bathroom Floor Plan Design Tips

When you are designing the floor plan for a bathroom, you might find that you are shoving it in the last bit of space that you have available. You might have carved slivers of space from other rooms in order to make a second, half bathroom, or you might be working with a small area of land. Regardless of the reason, you are going to need to make sure that you make the most of the space in your bathroom’s floor plan. Here are some tips for doing so. 1. Consider a Corner Sink The corner of a room is usually an unused area. If you have an especially small bathroom, any unused areas are essentially wasted space that you need to utilize as well as possible. A normal sink might make it impossible for a normal person to navigate through the bathroom without tripping over the toilet or getting stuck.  2. Use a Shower Curtain Another good option is to plan to use a shower curtain, rather than a shower door that opens and closes. This is because a shower curtain does not require any additional room in front of it in order to function properly, while a shower door will require that you leave room in front of it so that the door can open and close without obstacle. This could allow you to turn a half bath into a full bath in a very small area. 3. Have the Counter Extend Over the Toilet If you have your sink located directly next to your toilet, consider extending the length of the counter around the sink so that it extends above the toilet. This will allow you to put more personal items around the sink without having to worry about them falling off. It will also allow you to use space that would have previously gone unused, since the top of the toilet is not a location that is normally used for storage or for any other purpose. 4. Make the Mirror Wider Finally, consider making the mirror wider than the sink itself. This will allow two people to use the mirror, even if one person is already using the mirror above the sink area. This is good for households that have multiple people who need to use the bathroom at around the same time because they leave for work at similar times. For more information, talk to a home planner such as Classic Residential Design...

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Good Reasons For Hemochromatosis Sufferers To Learn More About Iron Filters

Posted by on Aug 8, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Good Reasons For Hemochromatosis Sufferers To Learn More About Iron Filters

If you have noticed reddish-brown stains in your sinks, tub or toilet, you are more than likely seeing the results of high iron levels in your water. While this is a frustrating problem, you may have a much bigger problem if you suffer with hemochromatosis, a hereditary disorder that causes too much iron in the body. If you are wondering what to do about too much iron in your water supply, check out these ways to safely reduce it. Chlorination Is An Affordable Option Chlorine bleach can be used to shock your water if you have a well. This works much in the same way as shocking the water in a swimming pool, the difference being you use less bleach. For the best results, pour unscented, household chlorinated bleach into your well, once during the spring and once during the fall. The amount you use is determined by how much water your well holds. By doing so, you ‘shock’ the water, a proven technique for reducing iron bacteria in water. However, remember to add bleach later in the evening before you go to bed so it can remain in the water for at least eight hours before being flushed through your system. Filtering May Be Your Best Option If Iron Levels Are Stubborn Greensand manganese filters have been in use for a long time and are effective at removing iron and sulfur. A greensand filter uses manganese green sand as a filtering medium and has been found to be highly efficient for this process. However, if you worry about your costs for this type of filter, you might consider the important health benefits for hemochromatosis sufferers. The initial investment for a greensand filter is certainly worth avoiding the risk of serious health issues due to high levels of iron in your body. Avoid Using Softeners For Reducing Iron In Your Water If someone has recommended you using a water softener for reducing the iron in your water, you should know that iron can cause some softeners to absorb more salt. In doing so, you may have to perform reverse osmosis for adding proper levels of sodium back into your water. Bear in mind that high iron levels can mimic ‘hard’ water, so adding a softener without first consulting a professional is not a good idea. Being aware of what is in your water is extremely important to your health. If you suffer with hemochromatosis, knowing exactly how much iron is in your water could mean a big difference in your health. If you have questions about your water supply, contacting a professional like Bonnyville Water Conditioning for testing your water is...

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Stylish Window Treatments For The Family Room

Posted by on Jul 22, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Stylish Window Treatments For The Family Room

The family room is an odd space for decorating. You probably spend a lot of time there, and that may be why it doesn’t have a cohesive décor. It’s just the room where you watch TV and play games. Transform your family room into a stylish getaway starting with the window treatments. Blinds The first level of window treatment is probably blinds. Custom blinds fit your window perfectly and allow you to control both the light and your own privacy. Blinds come in a wide range of styles. The most common are the standard aluminum louvers. These come both as vertical and horizontal blinds. Blinds also come in other materials. Wood is a common upgrade from aluminum. Bamboo blinds make an attractive addition to both modern and traditional rooms. If you have sliding doors, Better Homes and Gardens suggests blinds as a window treatment solution. Plantation Shutters Plantation shutters are an alternative to blinds. Plantation shutters are custom-fit to your windows. They function similarly to blinds in that they have louvers. However, the louvers are wider and generally sturdier. Both blinds and plantation shutters work well with other window treatment styles. Swags and Valances Once you’ve chosen a method for controlling light and privacy, it’s time to add some color and pattern to the room. Since family rooms tend to be casual areas, full drapes may not be your top choice. Instead, consider swags or valances. A swag is simply a swath of fabric draped across the top of your window. This simple scrap of fabric affords you numerous design options. For instance, you can select a decorative rod as an accent piece or wind the fabric around a tieback in each corner. You can also select the simplest of cotton, luxurious fabrics or even sheer gauze. Valances are slightly more constructed than swags. Valances typically present a boxier look, perhaps with simple pinch pleats or the more tailored variety. However, you can also have a pretty strip of fabric hanging from decorative rings as a stylish valance. Curtain Panels Though full drapes may be a bit too formal for the family room, curtain panels are a way to add even more texture to the room. A set of sheer curtain panels is a stylish accent to any room. They work well with blinds and plantation shutters as well as both valances and swags. However, if you omit the valances or swags, selecting a set of colorful curtain panels may be the way to brighten up your space. Bare windows are rarely the best décor choice. Select window treatments that are both stylish and practical, check it...

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How Will It Work To Get Spray Foam Insulation For My Home?

Posted by on Jul 1, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on How Will It Work To Get Spray Foam Insulation For My Home?

One way that homeowners can reduce their energy usage is by using spray foam insulation. This is due to how it is much more efficient when compared to traditional insulation methods. Not only does spray foam provide additional comfort in your home, but it also acts as a pest barrier and provides protection against moisture due to its solid construction. Before you make a decision about using spray foam, it is a good idea to understand the process. Selecting The R-Value of The Insulation You may have heard about selecting insulation with a good R-value, but what does that even mean? R-value is how insulation performance is rated. A high R-value means that it will do a better job of keeping cold air out of your home. Selecting the R-value isn’t as easy as buying the highest rated material. Insulation with a higher R-value are much more expensive than those with low R-values. Work with an insulation company to help select the right insulation R-value. There are calculations that can be done to determine what sort of cost savings you will see with a high R-value insulation based on the size of your home. Cleaning Your Attic Out If you were using old fiberglass insulation before, you may have been used to all the extra storage space it gave you in your home’s attic. Unfortunately, that storage space was costing you in decreased energy efficiency. Spray foam insulation is literally sprayed into your attic to cover every nook and cranny, and it will not leave an even surface that makes it easy to navigate your attic. If you plan on using your attic for storage in the future, you should build a wooden deck on top of the new insulation. Installing The Insulation The insulation will be fed into your attic through a hose, which will require having access to your attic. It will most likely require running the hose through a window in your home to get to the attic opening. Make sure you have the space clear and that your belongings are covered. It’s possible for the insulation to make a little bit of a mess, and you shouldn’t have to do additional cleaning if you can avoid it with some drop cloths. The process will take a couple hours depending on the size of the attic. Installers will start at the outside perimeter and work towards the main opening of your attic. Ask about how long it will take for the insulation to dry so you know it is safe to enter the attic for storing your belongings again. Contact a company like O’Reilly Brothers for more...

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Better Than Blinds: 3 Reasons To Tint Your Windows Instead

Posted by on Jun 8, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Better Than Blinds: 3 Reasons To Tint Your Windows Instead

When you think about covering and protecting your windows, you probably think about installing blinds or shades. Although these window coverings are certainly popular for a reason, you should know that they are not your only option. Instead, you can always look into tinting your windows instead.    Along with looking great, window tint can offer other benefits. These are some of the top reasons why you should consider looking into window tinting instead of other window covering options. 1. Save Your Upholstery and Carpet Many people don’t realize it, but when the sunlight peeks through your blinds, it can cause your carpet and upholstery to fade. This damage can be very tough to fix without replacing your carpet or having your furniture reupholstered. Fortunately, window tint helps provide a barrier that can protect your upholstery, and you don’t have to worry about the sun shining through like you do with blinds and other window coverings. 2. Make Household Cleaning a Lot Easier Taking care of your blinds and other window coverings can be a big job. Window coverings can be a pain to wash, but you have to keep them clean if you want to keep them looking their best. Luckily, window tint helps cut down on all of the cleaning that you have to do. Instead of worrying about taking down window coverings and cleaning them, you can simply wipe your windows with your favorite glass cleaner and a paper towel or newspaper, which can cut down your chore time drastically. 3. Make Your Home More Pet- and Kid-Friendly As you probably already know, both kids and pets can be tough on blinds and shades. When looking outside, it isn’t uncommon for kids and pets to tear your blinds or tear your shades, which can result in them looking their worst. Luckily, your kids and pets can see outside just fine with window tint in place, and you won’t have to worry about making any expensive replacements. Although blinds and shades can look great and provide the privacy that you need, there is a better option out there that you can look into. For example, a professional window tinting company can tint your windows for you, which can help provide privacy, can keep your home nice and cool and can allow you to enjoy these three benefits as well. If this is something that you are interested in, you should consider getting a price quote for window tinting...

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Three Tips For When You’re Applying Sealant To A Leaky Fire Sprinkler Stem

Posted by on May 7, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

If you’re ever unfortunate enough to have a fire in your home, your sprinkler system will be essential to minimize damage to your property and ensure your safety. Although some fire sprinkler leaks can only be fixed by completely replacing the head, others can be mended with a little bit of sealant. To ensure the effectiveness of any sealant you apply to a leaky fire sprinkler stem, read these three tips. Before Starting, Use A Blow Dryer To Completely Dry Off The Sprinkler Any water on the exterior of your fire sprinkler will interfere with the sealant while it’s drying and ensure that cracks are created. Therefore, it’s imperative that you at least dry your whole sprinkler with a towel before you begin applying sealant. But if you really want to make sure that every nook and cranny in your fire sprinkler is completely dry, use a blow dryer for a few seconds. If your blow dryer doesn’t have a long enough cord to reach your fire sprinkler from the nearest power outlet, use either an extension cord or a power outlet strip. Don’t Try To Use A Spray Sealant Since fire sprinklers are designed to spew as much water as possible in a short amount of time, they usually have a large amount of water from your plumbing system directly over them at all times. This means that there will be more direct pressure on any sealant you apply to your fire sprinkler stem than you’d get from a normal pipe. So when you’re looking for something to patch up your sprinkler stem, don’t buy a spray sealant that’s supposedly designed for ease of use. Spray sealants aren’t as strong as liquid sealants and will quickly crack under the pressure. If You Can, Test Your Sprinkler Once You’re Done Water sprinkler systems can be tested by turning on a water flow test valve. If you have easy access to this valve in your basement or anywhere else in your home, testing out your fixed fire sprinkler stem is a very prudent move to ensure that you didn’t break anything in the repair process. To minimize the amount of water that lands on your carpet and furniture, use as many towels and buckets as you can get your hands on. While testing your sprinkler may not seem like a lot of work, it’s worth it to head off a potentially dangerous malfunction. Don’t just cover up a leak in your fire sprinkler stem with duct tape. While this can be an adequate temporary solution, sealant is necessary to ensure that your sprinkler works properly in the...

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