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April 2015

Estimating the Life span of a Water Heater

Hot Water Heater ComponentsWhile the typical water heater has a life span of about 12 years, careful consideration of the factors that pertain to its life span can provide information about the potential costs that would be incurred by replacing the water heater.

These factors include:
  • Generally be installed upright.
  • Should be installed in well-ventilated areas 
  • Should not be placed in an area susceptible to flood damage.
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9 Houseplants That Clean The Air

And Are Basically Impossible To Kill

HouseplantsPop quiz: which is more polluted, indoor air or outdoor air? 10 times out of 10, indoor air in your house, office or apartment is going to be worse than the air outside. Indoor air pollution has been ranked among the top 5 greatest risks to public health by the EPA, and stagnant indoor air allows pollutants to build up and stick to the things inside of your home.
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Basement Waterproofing: Leak Prevention and Useful Tips

Prevent wet basements with a solid foundation, proper roof drainage

April showers won't just bring May flowers, but leaking wet basements too if homeowners don't maintain good outside drainage conditions. Wet basements are one of life's biggest headaches, yet waterproofing is generally easy to accomplish.

When basements leak, people panic. The trouble, however, can usually be traced to the drainage conditions around the outside of the house. If too much water is allowed to collect in the soil around the foundation it will naturally leak into the basement through the walls, or even up through the center of the floor.
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Locks, Hinges and Door Hardware

Maintaining performance and useful life with proper maintenance

DoorknobLocks, hinges and door hardware, especially on exterior doors, need periodic lubrication and adjustment to operate properly. Frequent opening, closing and slamming can loosen hardware. Sagging of the door can cause excessive wear.
Inspecting and lubricating these components annually ensures smoother operation as well as proper door alignment, and will reduce wear on doors and frames.
  • Tighten loose bolts on doorknobs and handles.
  • Tighten loose screws in hinges.
  • Arrange to re-hang doors if they have begun to sag or stick.
  • Check that the door-closer valve is set.
  • Locks should be lubricated with special graphite designed for locks.
  • Hinges should be lubricated with penetrating oil.

Carpet deodorizer

All those little fibers in carpeting really hold on to all kinds of smells that you don’t exactly want lingering in your home. Sprinkle baking soda liberally, let it sit overnight and sweep most of it up before vacuuming what’s left.

Baking soda absorbs the odors instead of trying to cover them with floral perfume.

Repel ants

Sprinkle dry, used coffee grounds in problem areas where you notice ants in your home or yard and they might just pick up and leave. To tackle huge ant mounds, pour an entire pot of brewed coffee right on the mound.

Spraying undiluted white vinegar around doorways and window sills discourages ants.

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