6 Ways to Save Water

ways to save waterThere may be abundant water where we live, but that isn’t the case in many other parts of the world. With hundreds of millions of people worldwide not having access to clean water, the least we could do is adopt a more responsible attitude towards water, and make conscious efforts to conserve it. Here are 6 ways to save water at home.

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Inspect the Plumbing Before Buying A Home

benefits of a plumbing inspectionFew things in the world are as exciting as buying a new home, especially when you have found one that you want to buy the soonest possible time lest other people beat you to the punch. Being excited about a new house is okay, but since acquiring it involves a significant investment, you might want to hold your horses there.

Even if a house looks great in every way on the outside, it’s possible that lurking behind that shiny exterior is a host of plumbing problems which can rear their ugly heads in the near future. That means costly repairs and replacements on your part, and all that happened because you didn’t inspect the plumbing before you bought the house.

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Why Location is Key When Your Water Heater Leaks

water heater leaksFew things in life are as inconvenient—in some cases, costly—as a water heater leak. It’s bad enough that hot water and energy are being wasted when your water heater leaks. What can make it even worse is when all that spilled hot water causes water damage, and that is the very reason location is key when your water heater leaks. Where you install your water heater spells the difference between easily cleaned up water leaks to catastrophic water damage.

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Things to Consider When Doing a Bathroom Renovation

bathroom renovationBy nature, a bathroom renovation is one of the more complex renovation projects you can initiate. If renovating a bathroom were any simpler, you’ll probably only going to need one person to do the whole thing. That, however, isn’t the case. You will need a number of skilled tradespeople—professional plumbers included—to help you get the bathroom you have always wanted.

Aside from the trades, there are also a number of other things you need to take into consideration when you undertake a bathroom renovation. Here are some of them.

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Spotting Hidden Plumbing Problems

spotting hidden plumbing problemsSo you’re interested in buying this 3-bedroom house because of its wonderfully renovated kitchen or bathroom, and you’re willing to pay top dollar for it. However, you may need to hold your horses before signing anything, because shiny and sparkly bathrooms and kitchens don’t necessarily mean excellent plumbing. For all you know, underneath those shiny exteriors are hidden plumbing problems that could rear their ugly heads at the most inopportune times and cost you thousands of dollars in repairs.

To make sure you are not buying a home with hidden plumbing problems, you need to spot them before money and documents change hands. Here are some ways to do just that.

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How to Not Waste Water in the Shower

efficient showerheadCan you imagine going to work or school without showering? Unless you’re the type who abhors water, a shower is absolutely a very necessary part of your day. One thing about showers, however, is that they also waste a lot of water. To get an idea how much water goes to waste with every shower, a typical shower uses up to 94 litres or even more, depending on how long you stay under it.

If you’re on a mission to conserve water at home, the shower would be a good place to start. Here are some of the things you can do to not waste water in the shower.

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Reasons Your Faucet is Dripping

reasons your faucet is drippingFew things are as annoying as a constantly dripping faucet. It’s funny how that drip-drip-drip sound seems to get magnified while we’re sleeping—or trying to sleep—at night. If this is driving you crazy, you won’t be the first one. A dripping faucet is something that tends to persist despite all your efforts to put a stop to it. For this reason, some home owners eventually give up and learn to ignore this problem.

However, a dripping faucet is not something you can ignore forever. Despite its seemingly innocuous nature, a dripping faucet can actually cause some measure of damage. They can cause unsightly water stains, for one. Leave it dripping long enough, and it can also cause some flooding. Then there’s that minor detail of your utility bill skyrocketing, because no matter how slow the dripping seems to be, it still wastes a lot of water in the long run. You have to fix a dripping faucet immediately, but you have to determine what is causing it before taking any action. Here are some of the possible reasons your faucet is dripping.

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5 Compelling Reasons For A Kitchen Renovation

reasons for a kitchen renovationThe kitchen is considered by many home owners as the most important room in the house, and for good reason. Aside from the fact that it’s where we cook our food, it has also become the part of the house where people seem to prefer to gather around, whether they’re members of the household or guests at a party. That’s why your kitchen should always look its best, and that is where a kitchen renovation comes in.

A kitchen renovation, in all honesty, can prove to be quite expensive. However, if you have the following compelling reasons for a kitchen renovation, your kitchen renovation project will certainly be worth every dollar you spend on it.

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Tips For Preventing Water Heater Corrosion

preventing water heater corrosionYou can do without a TV or a home entertainment system, but you can never do without a water heater, especially if you live in areas with colder climates. Your water heater is without a doubt one of the most important appliances in your home, and it’s only right that you take real good care of it so you’ll have hot water for years and years to come.

Over the years, your water heater will be a subject to wear and tear, and the worst kind of wear and tear that you will have to deal with concerning your water heater is corrosion. Corrosion in a water heater can cause a number of problems. For one, it can diminish the performance of your water heater. For another, this diminished performance will eventually lead to a complete failure of your water heater system. That is why you should make preventing corrosion in your water heater a top priority, and here are some tips to help you do just that.

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How a Water Softener Works

water softenerMinerals and impurities, mainly calcium and magnesium, fill the water that flows out of our faucets and showerheads. These minerals are the reason why it’s called hard water, and hard water can cause a number of problems. With hard water flowing through our pipes, the minerals and impurities tend to accumulate inside our plumbing and result in clogged pipes. Aside from affecting the flow of water into showers and faucets, these minerals can also cause yellowish or brownish stains on your toilets, bathtubs, bathroom floors and tiled sinks.

Fortunately for us, hard water can be dealt with using a water softener. A water softener is just one of the many existing water treatment techniques designed to take out all the minerals and impurities in hard water. Essentially, a water softener cleans and purifies the water we use for cleaning, washing, bathing and drinking, and here’s how it works.

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